*The start is at the Town of Unicoi Visitor Center,106 Unicoi Village Pl, Unicoi, TN 37692. From Johnson City: take exit Exit 32 off Interstate 26, turn left at the end of the off ramp, go under the interstate, turn left at the first left. Coming from Asheville: Take Exit 32 off Interstate 26, turn right, then left at the first left. This the drive way to the visitors center.
The Unaka Challenge consists of two gravel rides. The Unaka Challenge 45 mile ride which crosses both Buffalo Mountain and Unaka Mountain via trails and gravel roads. The Pinnacle Challenge is a 25 mile ride that crosses Buffalo Mountain and follows the same route until splitting off in Erwin, TN. Both rides are extremely challenging due to the amount of climbing and challenging terrain.
Both rides are a part of the “Gravel & Grit Gravel Series