Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of vehicles are allowed at Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area?
Any motorized off-road vehicle can be permitted to enter the trail system, including ATVs, side-by-sides, trucks, Jeeps, rail buggies and home-made rock crawlers.
Are helmets required at Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area?
Helmets are required by law for all ATVers persuant to Kentucky Revised Statute 189.515.
What is the cost to enter the property?
General-use permits may be purchased for either one year or 31 days. For pricing, Click Here.
Didn't it used to be free to ride at Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area?
Yes. The Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board Authority implemented a fee system in January, 2009,
to address key issues including trail maintenance, facilities, security and safety as well as to acquire a 25-year lease to the property.
Are ATV rentals available?
No businesses in Harlan County offer ATV rentals at this time.
Are trail guides/guided rides available?
No trail guides are available for the trail system, but local ATV and off-road clubs often host group rides at Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area. Contact the Kentucky Mountain Crawlers or the Harlan County Ridge Runners for more information.
Who manages Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area?
The Harlan County Fiscal Court formed the Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board Authority in 2005 and placed Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area within their control. The five-person board meets regularly to conduct business and make decisions concerning the park and other tourism ventures. The board has several employees who maintain the trails and conduct the park's business.
What is the park's association with local ATV and off-road clubs?
There is no association between local clubs and the park, but club members regularly attend board meeting and express their concerns regarding the use of the property relating to their sports. Members of the clubs have also served as board members as well as committee members.
What is the park's association with the City of Evarts & Harlan County Campground?
There is no association between the park, the City of Evarts or Harlan County Campground. Amenities and other provisions located at either trailhead community are not under control of the board.
Are ATVs allowed on any other public lands in Harlan County?
Not at this time.
Are there plans to open any other areas in Harlan County to ATVs?
Not at this time.
Harlan County Outdoor Recreational Board Authority