Brown Mountain located in the Pisgah National Forest in Western NC has nearly 34 miles of OHV trails. 14 miles of trails are open to Jeeps. The remainder are very narrow and open only to 4-wheelers and dirt bikes.
We were visiting in the area and I decided to go check it out. I didn't take any decent pictures of the trails. I never seem to think of taking a picture at an interesting location.
Anyway the trails that Jeeps are allowed on are quite tame. The trail is fairly steep which is kinda interesting and it's miles long. There are lots of erosion berms and washouts. No rock obstacles to speak of but a 30x50 foot area with standing water that varies in depth in case you want to get muddy.
Although we have a small lift I think it would be perfectly fine for stock Jeeps. We passed by a 4Runner that appeared to be stock so a stock Jeep should be fine as well.
There is a nice outpost at the bottom of the mountain where you buy your day pass for $5. They are reasonably well stocked and will let you use their compressor to air back up when you are finished wheeling.
Here are some details:
Brown Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) area, a place cloaked in mystery, is the subject of much folklore and songs about the stories of the Brown Mountain lights. While spending your days riding the trails, you can explore the mysterious lights that some say on a dark, moonless midsummer night, appear to dance and whirl along the crest of Brown Mountain. The lights’ origin is still the center of much controversy.
Brown Mountain OHV area is the only trail system within Pisgah National Forest that allows all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and 4x4 off-road driving. All 34 miles of trails are open to dirt bikes, and over 14 miles are open to ATVs, jeeps, and other 4-wheel-drive vehicles. Most trails are not wide enough for two-way traffic, thus a one-way system is used. Trail numbers can only be seen in one direction, but riders should be cautious of others who get turned around and head in the wrong direction.
Primitive camping is permitted on the trail system. Designated sites are located along the entrance road coming up to the trailhead. Each site has a picnic shelter, water hydrant, and vault toilets. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the OHV area, in campsites or on trails. There is a daily usage fee of $5 at the self-service fee station located at the entrance to the trail system. Season passes are $30. Season passes as well as trail maps can be purchased from the Grandfather Ranger District.
Open: March 16 – January 1
For more information:
Wilson Creek Visitor Center
Phone: (828) 759-0005
Grandfather Ranger District – Pisgah National Forest
Phone: (828) 652-2144
From Lenoir, NC:
Turn onto Southwest Boulevard and turn left on to Abington Road. At the end of Abington, turn left onto Highway 90 (Collettsville Rd). Turn left on Adako Road (SR 1337) just beyond the elementary school and grocery store. Travel 4.4 miles to the Brown Mountain OHV area entrance on the right at the sign.