17.0 miles
Distance
2,791 ft
Climb
-2,798 ft
Descent
4,115 ft
High Point

The most common way to get to middle Black Mountain trail while parking at the bottom of Lower Black. Middle Black was redesigned and opened August 2021. It is now possible to ride up Middle Black without a hike & bike.

This route brings you up gravel roads to the bottom of middle Black Mountain where you can ride up to the junction with Turkey Pen and then bomb down the best parts of Black Mountain trail.

**If you've had enough by the time you finish Lower Black Mountain, you'll be at your vehicle and can call it quits.

***But...if you need just a little more, keep going on the loop and add in Sycamore.

Detailed Description
Black Mtn w New Middle out and back & Sycamore is a 17 mile popular intermediate route located near Brevard North Carolina. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 2 trails. This route climbs 2,791 ft with a max elevation of 4,115 ft then descends -2,798 ft.
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5 Reviews & Comments

  • - 1
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)
Sick
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BennetgapBen (Jul 17, 2021 at 17:08)
Nerfed it
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  • + 1
manglermixer (Oct 8, 2018 at 19:33)
Trail Maxwell Cove
this is a double track forest road, should be labeled as a purple road
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  • Riding area
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  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
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  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
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  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for Black Mtn w New Middle out and back & Sycamore mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,149 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,156 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,152 ft
  • Grade max
    -57.4%
  • Grade min
    68.5%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Pisgah Middle Black Re-Route
Pisgah Middle Black Re-Route
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Feb 16, 2022
Oct. 2021 New Middle Black trail. The now closed Middle Black section was (I believe) determined to be non sustainable, too rutted out. The bottom...
Middle & Lower Black Mountain with kids
Middle & Lower Black Mountain with kids
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Dec 20, 2021

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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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
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