Buffalo Mountain ATV Trail

Area Status: Open

Buffalo Mountain ATV Trail (BMATV), NFST #29 is a 13-mile linear ATV trail located along the ridgeline of Buffalo Mountain in Unicoi County.

The trail is close to metropolitan Johnson City and is easily accessed by TN 67 and TN 81 (an interchange of I-26).

A fee of $5.00 per vehicle is required to park at Horse Cove Gap trailhead, the only legal access to the trail.  The area is also popular with mountain bikers who use the trail and forest roads.

When riding Buffalo Mountain ATV trail remember to Ride for KEEPS:  Keep it Safe, Keep it Legal, Keep on the Trail and Keep the Privilege.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: This is a day use area, open sunrise to sunset.
  • Spring opening - March 2023
  • Fall closure (last day to ride) - December 2023
Fees: A fee of $5.00 is required for each vehicle.
Open Season: 3/15/2023 - 12/15/2023
Restrictions: Always wear a helmet and eye protection. Stay on the designated trail.  Off trail and other unauthorized OHV use is not allowed.
Closest Towns: Johnson City, Tennessee
Water: None
Restroom: None


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