31.8 miles
4,430 ft
-4,438 ft
4,846 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.

Detailed Description
Bike Transylvania: Big Boy Pisgah Ride is a 32 mile moderately popular expert route located near Mills River North Carolina. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 19 trails. This route climbs 4,430 ft with a max elevation of 4,846 ft then descends -4,438 ft.
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Pisgah Area SORBA (www.pisgahareasorba.org)
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More Stats for Bike Transylvania: Big Boy Pisgah Ride mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    3 hr 40 min
  • Altitude change
    -9 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,341 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,633 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,625 ft
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  • Distance climb
    15 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Laurel Mountain
Sep 8, 2023 @ 1:54pm
Sep 8, 2023
Tree canopy blocking trail
Pilot Rock
Aug 11, 2023 @ 2:42am
Aug 11, 2023
Despite the recent rain, the trail is running great. Good grip all the way down. What a ripper!
Yellow Gap Road
Jun 26, 2023 @ 2:59am
Jun 26, 2023
small branches down from recent winds, but otherwise clear
South Mills River
Jun 19, 2023 @ 7:41pm
Jun 19, 2023
Pretty over grown, expect to cross 10 rivers
Mullinax Trail
Jun 10, 2023 @ 2:36pm
Jun 10, 2023
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