32 miles
6,783 ft
-6,782 ft
4,853 ft
High Point

The classic Pisgah mountain bike ride. A tour of all the singletrack that you have read about, this loop could take 5 to 7 hours and is considered very difficult. Singletrack climbs, switchback descents and beautiful hand cut trails are what has put Brevard on the map as a destination.

Note: Access to this ride is found at Turkey Pen trailhead on Tukey Pen Rd., off N.C. 280 (Asheville Highway) at the Henderson and Transylvania County line. You may need to park at the bottom of the gravel road; it is rough and may be impassable for cars with low clearance.

Local Trail Association
Pisgah Area SORBA (www.pisgahareasorba.org)
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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Ridelogs
More Stats for Bike Transylvania: Big Boy Pisgah Ride mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    1 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,333 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,647 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,648 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    15 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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A rainy, foggy, eerie descent of Pilot Rock in Pisgah, NC
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Pilot Rock pt 4
Pilot Rock pt 4
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last and fastest part of Pilot Rock

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

South Mills River
Mar 10, 2018 @ 5:36pm
Mar 10, 2018
Lots of trees down, looks like more recent damage from high winds we’ve been having. Mostly dead Hemlocks. Lots of stopping and climbing over trees!
Yellow Gap Rd
Feb 28, 2018 @ 7:49am
Feb 28, 2018
Gate is close to Vehicles, road can not be used with cars but can be ridden without issue.
Pilot Rock
Feb 25, 2018 @ 6:35am
Feb 25, 2018
Laurel Mountain
Oct 5, 2017 @ 4:01pm
Oct 5, 2017
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