Southeast of Lexington in Eastern Kentucky, the Knott County area has a growing network of ATV trails maintained by the Knott County Trail Riders.
To reach the ATV Training Center from Lexington, take I-75 to I-64 east; exit onto the Mt. Parkway and follow to Highway 15 exit at Campton; Follow Highway 15 to Highway 80 east; Follow Highway 80 east to the Highway 1098 intersection at Soft Shell; Follow Highway 1098 north to Elk View Dr; Follow Elk View Dr to Sutton Memorial Drive. Follow Sutton Memorial Drive to the ATV Training Center.
Sutton Trail #1 (Moderate Skill Level) - The trailhead for this 4-6 hour ride (50+ miles) starts at the ATV Training Center and is for the experienced rider. Less experienced riders can access the trail from Elk View Drive. Trail meanders through reclaimed coal mining areas, logging roads, forest area, along creek beds and past beaver dams. Almost guaranteed to see elk along this route.
Fire Trail #2 (Moderate Skill Level) - Very scenic. Featuring the famous playground, deep mine still in operation, Camp Rock on cliff top, many breath taking views and overlooks. Bring binoculars and cameras. Short walk to top of Snake Den featuring a high cliff overlooking a woodland valley. This not for the beginner - expect to get a bit muddy. (trail not marked)
Brushee Fork Trail #3 (Moderate Skill Level) - A bit more challenging than #1. Very scenic ride along wooded trails and creek riding. Definitely will be muddy but a lot of fun. Come see the natural rock cave and other scenic views. Almost always see elk along this trail. Great all day ride. Bring water/food. (trail not marked)
Red Fox Trail #4 (Easy Trail Ride) - Very scenic. See the Split Rocks, bat cave, historic Orphans Home, beautiful scenery and winding trails through woodlands and open fields. Great places to stop and explore. Fun, easy ride for everyone. Perfect for family ride.
Overall, Knott County is the 14th most popular ATV riding trail of all 16 ATV trails in Kentucky.