54.4 miles
Distance
7,956 ft
Climb
-7,895 ft
Descent
5,210 ft
High Point

50 Miles of Pisgah from North Mills

Detailed Description
50 Miles of Pisgah from North Mills is a 54 mile expert route located near Mills River North Carolina. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 45 trails. This route climbs 7,956 ft with a max elevation of 5,210 ft then descends -7,895 ft.
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86 Reviews & Comments

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BennetgapBen (Sep 18, 2022 at 15:56)
Great fun on my specialized turbo levo e bike
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shinnyboy (Aug 24, 2022 at 10:35)
Rode this yesterday and have to confirm trail was so over grown and 20-30 small trees down.
stream crossing ok but the rest was brutal.
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TizZL3 (Jul 20, 2022 at 13:12)
If you prefer not riding your bike and just crossing the same river 12 times carrying your bike then this is the trail for you!
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Roost66 (Jul 2, 2022 at 6:28)
Very nice and flowy, best of all the Black mtn trails.

Ride up the gravel road, nice climb and all downhill from the top.
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daceto817 (Jun 6, 2022 at 9:51)
Lots of fun as a descent, pretty much have to shuttle it unless you feel like hiking up Pilot Rock. Very similar feel to Squirrel Gap.
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daceto817 (Jun 6, 2022 at 9:51)
Lots of fun as a descent, pretty much have to shuttle it unless you feel like hiking up Pilot Rock. Very similar feel to Squirrel Gap.
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steelispossiblyreal (May 7, 2022 at 21:22)
This is one of the best trails I’ve ever ridden. Perfect combo of chunk and flow. Great little jumps. Big berms with sick wall rides. If you’ve only got a quick lap in you this is the move.
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steelispossiblyreal (May 7, 2022 at 21:15)
Trail Club Gap
I echo the other commenters. This is basically just an access road to Avery Gap.
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CullenHerring (Mar 12, 2022 at 6:46)
Horridly overgrown, but at least not with brambles, however the lower section of the upper steep downhill is a wet muddy run for at least a quarter mile. Also some trees down some of which are too large to hop. Trail needs some serious maintenance.
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sharknado33 (Mar 7, 2022 at 14:05)
The downhill from Squirrel keeps getting worse (more muddy and eroded). The most overgrown I’ve seen it in years, hard to find the trail sometimes. Lots of trees down.
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sunringlerider (Dec 4, 2021 at 15:38)
Trail Squirrel Gap
Solid meh, it’s a fun challenging trail. But for the effort of getting to the top, there are many better options to ride in Pisgah area.
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sunringlerider (Dec 4, 2021 at 15:38)
Trail Squirrel Gap
Solid meh, it’s a fun challenging trail. But for the effort of getting to the top, there are many better options to ride in Pisgah area.
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sunringlerider (Dec 4, 2021 at 15:38)
Trail Squirrel Gap
Solid meh, it’s a fun challenging trail. But for the effort of getting to the top, there are many better options to ride in Pisgah area.
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sunringlerider (Dec 4, 2021 at 15:34)
Very overgrown. The creek crossing are not a joke. Enough so that I would not recommend this trail at all. Many better options in Pisgah
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brian1675 (Nov 23, 2021 at 13:42)
I have hiked this trail and it's not garbage. Riding it is a different story to a certain extent. Just depends on your level of love and dedication to being on a bike. The saying "Ride Your Own Ride" comes to mind.....
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SOV6VW (Aug 29, 2021 at 17:45)
Rode this on 8/29. A lot of overgrowth at this point in the summer, with many thorns to boot. There’s a fork at the peak and you go right — a bit hard to see with all the overgrowth. Wouldn’t recommend at this time of year.
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SOV6VW (Aug 29, 2021 at 17:45)
Rode this on 8/29. A lot of overgrowth at this point in the summer, with many thorns to boot. There’s a fork at the peak and you go right — a bit hard to see with all the overgrowth. Wouldn’t recommend at this time of year.
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SOV6VW (Aug 29, 2021 at 17:45)
Rode this on 8/29. A lot of overgrowth at this point in the summer, with many thorns to boot. There’s a fork at the peak and you go right — a bit hard to see with all the overgrowth. Wouldn’t recommend at this time of year.
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SOV6VW (Aug 29, 2021 at 17:45)
Rode this on 8/29. A lot of overgrowth at this point in the summer, with many thorns to boot. There’s a fork at the peak and you go right — a bit hard to see with all the overgrowth. Wouldn’t recommend at this time of year.
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SOV6VW (Aug 29, 2021 at 17:45)
Rode this on 8/29. A lot of overgrowth at this point in the summer, with many thorns to boot. There’s a fork at the peak and you go right — a bit hard to see with all the overgrowth. Wouldn’t recommend at this time of year.
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manogumr (Jul 25, 2021 at 13:16)
Steady climb from Bradley creek trail back up to yellow gap road. Relatively large rock/loosely packed gravel with grass most of the way up. Much of trail is in exposed sunlight during midday
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manogumr (Jul 25, 2021 at 13:15)
It is horrendously overgrown, and altogether terrible. At various points it’s difficult to discern where the trail even is. Don’t waste your time.
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mtbrdag (Jul 23, 2021 at 8:10)
I agree with all of the above. This would be a garbage hiking trail its in such bad shape. At least 20 creek crossings and 200+ downed trees. It is pretty scenery, but IF it were cleaned up, I'd only consider hiking due to the number of water crossings.
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dvrkelly (Jun 2, 2021 at 22:01)
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IgZekYaTiv (Jun 2, 2021 at 10:58)
Not sure about these negative reviews... if you don't like adventure, this trail is not for you. If you're a fan of a good climb, this trail is not for you. If you avoid puddles as to not get muddy or wet, this trail is not for you. If you like your trails handed to you, this trail is not for you. If you prefer trails with other riders on it, this trail is not for you. If you hate having to dismount to get over or around a few obstacles, this trail is not for you.

I love this trail. Cheers.
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manglermixer (May 31, 2021 at 22:39)
There are sections of this that ride just fine. From the eastern end to Cantrell is great, just don’t miss the bridges. On the western end, squirrel to end is fine. It’s that middle section between Cantrell and western end of squirrel that’s kind of the no go zone.
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josesanchez89 TMBA (May 18, 2021 at 7:06)
Epic downhill. Exactly what I expected couple of tight switchbacks, Rocky, steep in some sections and fast. There were a lot of trees down, more so toward the bottom. There was some horse people there clearing some of them out but no way they could get to some of the ones close to the top. When it flattens out you're gonna get a little wet but that's mountain biking (cold water feels great on your feet).
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BigO66 (May 1, 2021 at 18:19)
Worst trail in the whole forest…no effort to improve this trail in god knows when, a thousand trees down and football fields of mud…then you have to cross the river multiple times and most of them have no actual crossing even remotely setup. Basically this trail freakin sucks and is awful.
Avoid at all costs unless you hate yourself.
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provin1327 (Apr 4, 2021 at 18:06)
Trail Club Gap
Basically a hike a bike.
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sharknado33 (Apr 4, 2021 at 17:37)
Lots of trees down. BEAUTIFUL trail but definitely more about the backcountry experience than the mountain biking. The lower half had approx 20 trees down, and many mud pits where the water is flowing down into lakes in the middle of the trail. If you’re a local, it’s definitely worth doing!
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josesanchez89 TMBA (Mar 17, 2021 at 11:44)
Trail Squirrel Gap
A Pisgah classic. If you love Mt biking ride squirrel gap.
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josesanchez89 TMBA (Mar 17, 2021 at 11:44)
Trail Squirrel Gap
A Pisgah classic. If you love Mt biking ride squirrel gap.
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josesanchez89 TMBA (Mar 17, 2021 at 11:44)
Trail Squirrel Gap
A Pisgah classic. If you love Mt biking ride squirrel gap.
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josesanchez89 TMBA (Mar 17, 2021 at 11:39)
I've only ridden up, then down pilot rock but I will be there in May and plan on riding up pilot cove/slate rock the down Laurel. Can't wait because I'm envisioning an epic downhill
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josesanchez89 TMBA (Mar 17, 2021 at 11:39)
I've only ridden up, then down pilot rock but I will be there in May and plan on riding up pilot cove/slate rock the down Laurel. Can't wait because I'm envisioning an epic downhill
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phalley (Sep 27, 2020 at 8:17)
A bit overgrown in places and some down trees, but altogether not terrible
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phalley (Sep 27, 2020 at 8:15)
Do yourself a favor and take Bradley Creek Rd to connect to Yellow Gap Rd. With the numerous river crossings, overgrown shrubbery, and down trees it's more adventure than bike ride where you'll spend as much or more time off your bike than on it
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yoimaninja (Sep 8, 2020 at 6:35)
Black Mountain LOWER was probably the best DH ride of my life! ...Black Mountain UPPER was probably the worst climb of my life!
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pistol2ne (Aug 2, 2020 at 13:24)
Everyone pretty much nailed it. Upper is tough as shit. Hike a bike and need to be on it. The bottom is sooooooooooo much better than Upper. Heed the warnings unlike this west coast kook.
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dindillion (Jul 28, 2020 at 16:21)
Extremely overgrown and filled with tons of mud bogs from horses. Also has like 6-7 deep river crossings that are not rideable.
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HenryCoat (Jul 26, 2020 at 12:33)
We started at Club Gap and rode down all of black mountain from there. Overall this route is not worth doing. The reworked upper black is only worth doing backwards (easy to west) which is well built specifically for that direction. The two mile climb on Middle Black is 95% hike a bike unless you have mad trails skills in which it would be 90% hike a bike. The middle black downhill was ok but not worth the climb. If you start where it intersects with turkeypen gap or turkey creek road, you’ll have a blast. The lower section has the perfect combination of tech and flow.

Summary: ride upper black East to west. Don’t mess around with middle black. And lower black is awesome.
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Billroske (Jul 13, 2020 at 18:43)
This is a well travelled paved road.
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Billroske (Jul 13, 2020 at 18:43)
This is a well travelled paved road.
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LeoFaruq (Apr 16, 2020 at 18:46)
This seems to be the description for the other buckhorn gap climbing up from Avery Creek. This trail actually has 1 or 2 small creek crossings and only ascends about 250 feet from South Mills River to the intersection with Black Mountain and Clawhammer on a non-technical trail surface.
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LeoFaruq (Apr 16, 2020 at 18:46)
This seems to be the description for the other buckhorn gap climbing up from Avery Creek. This trail actually has 1 or 2 small creek crossings and only ascends about 250 feet from South Mills River to the intersection with Black Mountain and Clawhammer on a non-technical trail surface.
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LeoFaruq (Apr 16, 2020 at 18:46)
This seems to be the description for the other buckhorn gap climbing up from Avery Creek. This trail actually has 1 or 2 small creek crossings and only ascends about 250 feet from South Mills River to the intersection with Black Mountain and Clawhammer on a non-technical trail surface.
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LeoFaruq (Apr 16, 2020 at 18:46)
This seems to be the description for the other buckhorn gap climbing up from Avery Creek. This trail actually has 1 or 2 small creek crossings and only ascends about 250 feet from South Mills River to the intersection with Black Mountain and Clawhammer on a non-technical trail surface.
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LeoFaruq (Apr 16, 2020 at 18:46)
This seems to be the description for the other buckhorn gap climbing up from Avery Creek. This trail actually has 1 or 2 small creek crossings and only ascends about 250 feet from South Mills River to the intersection with Black Mountain and Clawhammer on a non-technical trail surface.
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LeoFaruq (Apr 16, 2020 at 18:46)
This seems to be the description for the other buckhorn gap climbing up from Avery Creek. This trail actually has 1 or 2 small creek crossings and only ascends about 250 feet from South Mills River to the intersection with Black Mountain and Clawhammer on a non-technical trail surface.
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Sstephns (Nov 24, 2019 at 12:05)
Bring some good travel and hang on. Hike a bike for a mile if you go claw hammer and do upper. Comments below are trash, this trail is fun. Go full tilt and don't look back.
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imalikyoaz (Sep 10, 2019 at 10:44)
Climb up the gravel road, and turn right or die. Upper black is horribly awful. Middle is great for a full suspension, still very technical, lower was the most fun on my hardtail, but the hike a bike to upper pretty much ruined it. Don't go up to upper black, it's a piece of eroded trash.
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atomsmom (Jun 15, 2019 at 13:50)
Trail Club Gap
Have your technical shoes on or be ready for a significant hike-a-bike.
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swagner2 (May 20, 2019 at 13:02)
DONT RIDE. MASSIVE EROSION AND OVERGROWTH. Trail is destroyed past Cantrell connector (coming downhill).
Trail crosses river 10+ times. Overgrowth will leave you crawling along valley floor. Not riding. I’ve ridden this trail in the past and it was rideable in the day. But now it’s not maintained at all. You will severely regret not heading others warnings.
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gebby111 (Mar 27, 2019 at 3:47)
Can confirm previous comments.... made the mistake of trying to link up squirrel to Cantrell and got abused by the forest.. so bring a machete and extra water and food if that’s what you’re in to
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thebaldeagle SAMBA (Dec 7, 2018 at 15:30)
Fun on the top, second half is a wet slog.
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:01)
Best trail ever! Lol April fools
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:01)
Best trail ever! Lol April fools
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:01)
Best trail ever! Lol April fools
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:01)
Best trail ever! Lol April fools
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:01)
Best trail ever! Lol April fools
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:01)
Best trail ever! Lol April fools
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:01)
Best trail ever! Lol April fools
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:01)
Best trail ever! Lol April fools
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:01)
Best trail ever! Lol April fools
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:01)
Best trail ever! Lol April fools
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:01)
Best trail ever! Lol April fools
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:01)
Best trail ever! Lol April fools
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:01)
Best trail ever! Lol April fools
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:01)
Best trail ever! Lol April fools
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0ldd0c (Oct 15, 2018 at 13:47)
We began at Club Gap and had to walk/ carry our bikes up a very steep, washed out 4 mile climb that was not rideable (unless you’re on a motocross bike). Then the downhill with equally washed out trail to rattle your mind and bike. Our advice, don’t start at Club Gap if you want to ride and not carry your bike
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 13:01)
You're going to be hiking through atleast nine rivers. But if you can shred through rivers, then i would say just send it.
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:48)
We started up from club gap, which in its self, quite a challenging climb. To be honest the trail is fairly technical, but eases out on the bottom half with the rock gardens. I usually ride out west, so i find the east coast to be really lame. But to any advanced rider looking to shred something somewhat challenging, I'd suggest this trail. It also has a great loop. Don't even think about climbing up this trail
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slayersxc17 (Jul 4, 2018 at 3:51)
So this trail is awesome. Wondering have any of you ever rode this goin downhill. I’ve only ever climbed. Its 6.5 miles, 2500’ descent. That’s a pretty sweet recipe, yeah not steep, but still.
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slayersxc17 (Jul 4, 2018 at 3:51)
So this trail is awesome. Wondering have any of you ever rode this goin downhill. I’ve only ever climbed. Its 6.5 miles, 2500’ descent. That’s a pretty sweet recipe, yeah not steep, but still.
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josesanchez89 TMBA (Jul 1, 2018 at 14:42)
One of my favorite trails in the PNF. A true backcountry experience with beautiful vistas and gnarly terrain. In my opinion it's the definition of what mountain biking is in it's purest form. There is some hike a bike toward the top that is both mentally and physically challenging but the view from the top of pilot rock is awesome. I read some comments saying that the trail needs work and needs rock work to make it rideable but disagree, just leave it alone and have fun.
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josesanchez89 TMBA (Jul 1, 2018 at 14:42)
One of my favorite trails in the PNF. A true backcountry experience with beautiful vistas and gnarly terrain. In my opinion it's the definition of what mountain biking is in it's purest form. There is some hike a bike toward the top that is both mentally and physically challenging but the view from the top of pilot rock is awesome. I read some comments saying that the trail needs work and needs rock work to make it rideable but disagree, just leave it alone and have fun.
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themanro (Jun 25, 2018 at 16:50)
Couple small trees down
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mikemcnoskill (Jun 16, 2018 at 16:04)
I think the previous comment was really about this trail. It’s very overgrown and more hiking than riding.
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Gator29 (May 11, 2018 at 11:55)
The top half is great but be prepared for the multiple river crossings on the bottom half. Some have stepping stones but they get submerged even in medium water.
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jastrain (May 6, 2018 at 12:18)
Do not ride from squirrel gap to Cantrell Creek. This is a horse trail. It is very over grown, full of mud pits, downed logs, and about a dozen deep water crossings.
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noravelp (Mar 30, 2018 at 19:07)
Buck Spring trail is off limits to bicycles, it is a hiking only trail.
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Pgerm (Feb 21, 2018 at 8:00)
I began the trail with Club Gap to Black Mtn.... Whoa what a kick in the balls. I wasn't prepared for the nearly 2 hrs of hiking my bike up a mountain. The downhill was real chunky with big rocks and big drops. Scetchy as hell, but awesome. Really tested the limits of me and my bike. About 1/2 way down the trail transformed into a fast, fun, and flowy route with berms and jumps. Next time I'll skip the hike a bike and probably try to meet up where the flow starts near thrift cove trail
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difrancb (Jun 9, 2017 at 8:05)
COOL VIDEO GENTS! However, this is the wrong big creek you posted to. nothing like that here in big creek pisgah.
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charmiller (Aug 26, 2016 at 12:19)
This trail is not technically open and includes about 20 creek crossings you have to wade.
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More Stats for 50 Miles of Pisgah from North Mills mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    61 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,222 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,222 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,283 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Grade min
    59.9%
  • Distance climb
    26 miles
  • Distance down
    26 miles
  • Distance flat
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Black Mountain Trail (Lower)
Sep 29, 2022 @ 1:51pm
Sep 29, 2022
Gettin loose and chunky out there. Many thanks to all our visitors!
Avery Creek Road
Sep 13, 2022 @ 1:25pm
Sep 13, 2022
Henderson Reservoir Road
Aug 13, 2022 @ 8:23am
Aug 13, 2022
Squirrel Gap
Jul 28, 2022 @ 12:18pm
Jul 28, 2022
Just one tree across the trail, about halfway to Cantrell from Mullinax. Slick, some moist spots. Normal mid-summer conditions.
Big Creek Trail
Jul 10, 2022 @ 1:01pm
Jul 10, 2022
The first part is a bit overgrown, but very rideable if you don't mine getting hit with some leaves. There's some trees in the way but you should worry about hitting into them.
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