Flatwoods Road to 87A

Total Miles


767.27 ft



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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Running Flatwoods road from Hickory Tree TN to HWY 421. This includes a section of Forest Service Road 87A when open. The main route is open year-round and is a combination of gravel and unimproved pavement. The section of 87A towards Fish Dam Creek and follows parts of Flatwoods Horse trail is a combination of gravel, mud, and unimproved road with moderately deep ruts and rocky sections. There is a plane crash site on this route that is well worth exploring, from a Douglas DC3 in 1959. You can research this further on plane crashes on South Holston Mountain. The section of 87A may or may not be open, depending on the forestry gates and time of year. We made it through all the way to the second to last gate, only to find it locked and having to backtrack. Still well worth the trip.


The main route is accessible with any 4x4 and most all 2wd vehicles under normal conditions. The alternate spur is accessible by all 4x4 vehicles with decent tires and knowledge of driving off-road.

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