24.2 miles
Distance
3,856 ft
Climb
-4,279 ft
Descent
3,478 ft
High Point

big day int he bent creek area

Detailed Description
Bent Creek marathon idea is a 24 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Mills River North Carolina. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 20 trails. This route climbs 3,856 ft with a max elevation of 3,478 ft then descends -4,279 ft.
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29 Reviews & Comments

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mrcmatt (Oct 29, 2022 at 17:15)
Trail Sidehill
Pretty serious trail work has smoothed it out and added several flowy jumps, less chunder, faster.
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mrcmatt (Oct 29, 2022 at 17:15)
Trail Sidehill
Pretty serious trail work has smoothed it out and added several flowy jumps, less chunder, faster.
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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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hc-mtb (Oct 8, 2022 at 7:33)
Nice and steady climb up to greens lick. Takes longer than some routes but not too steep
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mooseLW (Aug 31, 2022 at 14:21)
I saw a Honda CR-V coming down this trail when I was going up today. I also came across a yellow jackets nest in the ground about 1/2 mile from the intersection with 5 points.
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Lman1299 (Aug 4, 2022 at 14:29)
Tree fell down from rain recently not too far into trail, 8/4/22
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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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timcc (Apr 3, 2022 at 5:50)
Trail Sidehill
Several trees down across trail on 4-2-2022
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timcc (Apr 3, 2022 at 5:50)
Trail Sidehill
Several trees down across trail on 4-2-2022
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Nmichaud (Nov 22, 2021 at 20:29)
Awesome trail, killer scenery. We were visiting and highly recommend, the (Road) climb to get there was long and a good warmup.
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BennetgapBen (Aug 24, 2021 at 6:22)
This is a blue not black
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BennetgapBen (Aug 24, 2021 at 6:21)
Trail Green's Lick
More of a blue trail with quite a bit of peddaling.
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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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benfin (Aug 18, 2020 at 6:57)
This isn't the downhill section of Spencer. It is though the most beautiful ride up to the top where Spencer descent and Trace ridge start.
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craigiest (Apr 19, 2020 at 9:14)
Great views of Reeves Cove in early spring
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jonluers (Dec 5, 2019 at 16:15)
Trail Green's Lick
I’d rather ride I-26 with construction traffic than this trail. One man’s non-sarcastic opinion.
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Eagsman1 (Oct 13, 2019 at 19:51)
Really fricking long. After a 4 mile climb, when u start going downhill, you'll come to a gate. Take a right to get back to the parking areas.
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rybrentd (Jul 24, 2019 at 2:27)
I almost ran into a black bear right before trace ridge/spencer intersection on June 23, 2019. I was traveling up from the east side to ride down Trace Ridge. The bear was about 20 yards ahead traveling (barreling) down the hill right before twilight. Another user reported a bear at ingles field gap recently so potentially beware.
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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 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:55)
Trail Green's Lick
Great downhill run, just watch out for a few of those jumps, they'll shoot you up like a rocket.
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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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samasnead (Nov 27, 2017 at 8:44)
Trail Sidehill
Lower sections have inches of leaves right now that make riding a near hazard.
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samasnead (Nov 27, 2017 at 8:44)
Trail Sidehill
Lower sections have inches of leaves right now that make riding a near hazard.
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McCallMeTheBreeze (Sep 26, 2017 at 12:35)
Maybe the best green trail I've ridden! Very flowy and fast for a green(from top to bottom). Some chunk. Can get overgrown a bit, but easily passable.
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jdbaum3 (Jul 5, 2017 at 17:07)
Currently closed to traffic, don't expect to get to the parking areas shown.
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jeffreylj (Aug 17, 2016 at 4:08)
Trail Green's Lick
Awesome downhill run!
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  • Primary Activity
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  • Difficulty rating
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More Stats for Bent Creek marathon idea mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -422 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,265 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,844 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,421 ft
  • Grade
    -0.3%
  • Grade max
    -45.3%
  • Grade min
    26.2%
  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    12 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Nov 7, 2022 @ 9:15pm
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Lots of leaves on the trail right now.
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