15.1 miles
1,963 ft
-1,757 ft
3,259 ft
High Point

From Hard Times parking lot near the Arboretum over to North Mills Campground

Detailed Description
Arboretum to N Mills Campground is a 15 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Bent Creek North Carolina. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 1,963 ft with a max elevation of 3,259 ft then descends -1,757 ft.
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18 Reviews & Comments

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scott4238 (Oct 23, 2022 at 17:24)
The "drop" is maybe 2-3 ft at most and If you're game for a black trail you're gonna be fine. Nothing technical on this just rough and fast. Wasn't my favorite descent not too many turns just a straight shot. Absolutely beautiful views, definitely worth checking out tho.
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nc-sc-climber (Apr 17, 2022 at 5:19)
The drop at the start with the tree as a lip isn't so bad with a full squish bike. I didn't get bucked and I also didn't bunny hop it (thought it couldn't be the drop that everyone was worried about). The harder parts of the trail were the loose rock and a section of back to back drops that had a double drop in it. Trying to air gap that double drop could definitely get someone hurt, and is probably possible with how fast this trail rides. Definitely a black diamond trail.
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Boostiiyo (Apr 13, 2022 at 8:47)
One of the best trails in Pisgah if you ask me. It’s pretty much a straight shot down so you can pick up some crazy speed and fly off the drops smoothly. Watch out for the first big drop at the very beginning.
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Nmichaud (Nov 22, 2021 at 20:32)
I agree. Flowy, fun and a gem.
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BennetgapBen (Aug 24, 2021 at 6:22)
This is a blue not black
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provin1327 (Apr 8, 2021 at 13:29)
Wow, one of the best descents I have ever ridden. Very high speed, chunky but nothing crazy and berms with loads of grip. An absolute must do trail!
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Spiderman1028 (Sep 22, 2020 at 15:25)
What legitbiker9000 said haha.
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906Yooper906 TRAILFORKS (Aug 25, 2020 at 10:09)
Descending from the Trace Ridge Trail Head to North Mills River Trail can be fun if its not wet. There are some minor rock drops/jumps. Ascending this trail from North Mills River Trail to Wash Creek Trail is not that difficult and provides for some moderately technical features to climb over vs going up the gravel roads. I would not second guess in my future rides to use this as an up hill connection.
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jfraz828 (Apr 30, 2020 at 21:15)
Whoever wrote that description is either a bitter and slow old fart, or someone trying to keep people away from a gem. Cause that’s what it is, a flowy gem.
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Elblue (Oct 5, 2019 at 10:03)
Super fun. Mildly technical, definitely a blue for Pisgah. Highly recommend in combo with fletcher creek upper and lower!
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LegitBiker9000 (Jun 10, 2019 at 16:23)
So Yeah As Mike Pain Would Say Absolutely Absurd!
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LegitBiker9000 (May 20, 2019 at 8:01)
Honestly way better descent than spencer gap, yeah spencer gap may have a few man build features on it, but screw it, where would u rather end on a uphill or have a full descent of classic pisgah?
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 24, 2018 at 15:40)
This trail is almost as bad as having to take a lap in history class. Let alone take a history test. This trail is worse than the entire Ottoman Empire. SAD! Also, massIvly overrated, screw the 20th Century.
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hellisinhello (Aug 18, 2018 at 14:08)
Trail description is far from true! Fun, flowy trail that is worth linking up with Fletcher.
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Mightywhite (Jul 2, 2018 at 8:04)
Super fun trail with a few water bar sections, nothing heavy. Feels like a bit less refined Kitsuma. Highly recommended.
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jfdeshaies Sherbrooke (May 9, 2018 at 6:58)
Super fun, rolling, bermy and flowy trail with still a lot of option for air maneuver!
  • + 2
manglermixer (Sep 24, 2017 at 6:37)
Don't agree with this trail description, it's a fun trail that's not a creek gutter anymore.
  • + 1
difrancb (Jun 8, 2017 at 9:18)
Pisgah sorba did a fantastic job on trail day. These trails flow so good.


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More Stats for Arboretum to N Mills Campground mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    206 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,034 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,034 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,241 ft
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  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,845 ft
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Trace Ridge Trail - N. Mills River, NC.
Trace Ridge Trail - N. Mills River, NC.
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Feb 16, 2022
Trace Ridge Trail, Mills River, NC. More pedaling than thought once on actual trail, still worth it.
Pisgah National Forest: Spencer Branch
Pisgah National Forest: Spencer Branch
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Spencer Branch (Upper)
Oct 28, 2022 @ 7:17am
Oct 28, 2022
Leaves are beginning to pile up at spots. Doesn't affect traction much - still plenty of grip, but does make seeing rocks and finding lines a bit more difficult.
Fletcher Creek (Lower)
Oct 28, 2022 @ 12:17am
Oct 28, 2022
fantastic flow and speed as always.
Trace Ridge Trail (Lower)
Oct 13, 2022 @ 1:50am
Oct 13, 2022
N. Mills & Trace Ridge Connector
Oct 13, 2022 @ 1:50am
Oct 13, 2022
South Ridge Road
Oct 6, 2022 @ 8:14am
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