Buffalo Mountain

Erwin, Tennessee

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If you want to test your aerobic fitness and technical riding skills, this trail is for you. This 6.8-mile loop starts off innocently enough with a quick descent down paved Dry Creek Road. That's followed by a long climb to the top of Buffalo Mountain on a scenic, grassy doubletrack. You'll enjoy views of nearby Cherokee and Pinnacle Mountains as the trail winds along Buffalo Mountain ridge. The trail changes character completely once it leaves the ridge and merges with an all-terrain vehicle trail, known locally as the Blue Trail. The Blue Trail will challenge you with a chaotic mix of banked turns, loose rock, sand and mud bogs, roots, and whoop-de-doos. The last mile of this ride is a very technical descent, which can be treacherous in places and even dangerous when wet. Beginners may wish to walk some of the technical downhill. Buffalo Mountain's maze of trails are maintained primarily for all-terrain vehicle use, so make sure your bike is in good mechanical shape. There are great views of the surrounding Unada Mountains on the climb to Buffalo Mountain ridge; you won't have much time to enjoy the scenery on the downhill.

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"If you want to test your aerobic fitness and technical riding skills, this trail is for you. This 6.8-mile loop starts off innocently enough with a quick descent down paved Dry Creek Road. That's followed by a long climb to the top of Buffalo Mountain on a scenic, grassy doubletrack. You'll enjoy views of nearby Cherokee and Pinnacle Mountains as the trail winds along Buffalo Mountain ridge.

The trail changes character completely once it leaves the ridge and merges with an all-terrain vehicle trail, known locally as the Blue Trail. The Blue Trail will challenge you with a chaotic mix of banked turns, loose rock, sand and mud bogs, roots, and whoop-de-doos. The last mile of this ride is a very technical descent, which can be treacherous in places and even dangerous when wet. Beginners may wish to walk some of the technical downhill. Buffalo Mountain's maze of trails are maintained primarily for all-terrain vehicle use, so make sure your bike is in good mechanical shape. There are great views of the surrounding Unada Mountains on the climb to Buffalo Mountain ridge; you won't have much time to enjoy the scenery on the downhill."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Erwin
Distance: 6.8
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Nolichucky - Unaka Ranger Districts, 423-638-4109.
Local Maps: USGS: Erwin.
Driving Directions: Directions to Buffalo Mountain

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May 2018