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.

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Pisgah Area SORBA (www.pisgahareasorba.org)
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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
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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

Mullinax Trail
Jun 13, 2018 @ 1:40pm
Jun 13, 2018
Tree down as you get closer to the Squirrel intersection
Pilot Rock
May 28, 2018 @ 8:05am
May 28, 2018
Bradley Creek
May 22, 2018 @ 1:25pm
May 22, 2018
Multiple trees down, river depth is impassable on the side closest to S Mills
South Mills River
May 3, 2018 @ 5:50pm
May 3, 2018
Hundreds of downed trees. One significant one that was almost impassable. So overgrown it’s hard to even see the trail. Arms and legs are destroyed. Add that to the 9 river crossings and it’s no fun.
Horse Cove Gap (Lower)
Mar 30, 2018 @ 6:51pm
Mar 30, 2018
several trees down over the trail
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