19.4 miles
3,531 ft
-3,529 ft
4,094 ft
High Point

avey creek rd to bennet gap back up clawhammer to upper middle and lower black

Detailed Description
avery creek rd bennet, clawhammer black is a 19 mile popular expert route located near Brevard North Carolina. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 3,531 ft with a max elevation of 4,094 ft then descends -3,529 ft.
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11 Reviews & Comments

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feekstar (Jun 27, 2022 at 10:02)
An actual, legit "black diamond" trail. A few rock hucks at the top that can be super tricky due to trees right after landing so most walk these couple features. After that it opens up and is tons of fun for all skill levels
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gibspaulding (Nov 22, 2021 at 18:19)
The 2021 reroute is quite good! It is more approachable than the washed out old trail, but still takes some precision to ride fast. The feel is similar to lower Black with great flow and lots of little kickers, but steeper and tighter and more exposed. Keep off the brakes and it rips!
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jkoch (Sep 20, 2021 at 17:53)
Trail Maxwell Cove
This is also known as Turkey Creek Road and I believe is FSR 5099 (not 5049)
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LoganY8ksdH (Sep 4, 2021 at 19:17)
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BennetgapBen (Jul 17, 2021 at 17:08)
Nerfed it
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josesanchez89 TMBA (Apr 12, 2021 at 16:59)
Yet another epic trail in Pisgah. I hope they never allow work or any kind of maintenance on this awesome trail.
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javadown1969 (Aug 28, 2020 at 12:12)
Started out at the Horse camp and climbed the gravel road up 3 miles to Bennetts Gap Trail head. The trail was perfect I think, just a few muddy sections and wet roots toward bottom. Be warned I almost ran over a huge rattle snake, I stopped to get a pucture and when I neared him(8 feet) he started to get aggressive and csme towards me, crazy. He was super thick and about 5 feet long. If he was just in the leaves you'd never known he was there, he blends in thar welll!
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benfin (Jul 30, 2020 at 7:21)
Pucker up for this one if you arent expert. I followed my friend and some sections near the top had me say no way. The middle and bottom are a blast. Be careful. Many people walk their bikes at the top.
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robmsul (Jul 15, 2019 at 16:31)
Two gnarly sections that you need to look out for. First is pretty early is a switchback turn on a mini boulder. A few minutes after is a technical approach to a decent drop with a tree to navigate immediately after landing. Check these out before hitting them. Other than that, you can ride the rest blind. Such a sick trail!
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LegitBiker9000 (May 10, 2019 at 8:34)
Another classic legit trail, you start out in a meadow and quickly traverse on top of a beutiful ridge through some western style rock gardens those being rock-gardens that you might want to eye out before you send it if it is your first time. I would not recommend doing the drop because you'll hit this tree and unlike a downhill park, you'll be sitting out there for a while as this trail is pretty high up, do not ride alone if it is your first time, the videos online don't explain just how difficult the trail actually is.
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manglermixer (Oct 8, 2018 at 19:33)
Trail Maxwell Cove
this is a double track forest road, should be labeled as a purple road


More Stats for avery creek rd bennet, clawhammer black mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    2 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,165 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,365 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,365 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,504 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Maxwell Cove
Jan 28, 2023 @ 10:48am
Jan 28, 2023
No issues. Moist.
Black Mountain Trail (Middle)
Jan 28, 2023 @ 2:48am
Jan 28, 2023
Heavy shaded areas and low points are wet and slick
Bennett Gap Trail
Oct 29, 2022 @ 12:35am
Oct 29, 2022
Love it, can’t wait to ride it again
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