44.3 miles
6,192 ft
-6,202 ft
4,218 ft
High Point


Detailed Description
black-turkey-squirrel-black-buckwheat-bennett is a 44 mile moderately popular expert route located near Brevard North Carolina. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 6,192 ft with a max elevation of 4,218 ft then descends -6,202 ft.
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21 Reviews & Comments

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Jkmichael (Aug 31, 2022 at 7:26)
It’s a green trail. Absolute side walk
  • + 1
Cthomps427 (Jul 25, 2022 at 8:47)
I'm surprised this trail isn't more popular because the descents are wild. Some of the steepest, roughest hills in the area. Guessing a lot of people avoid it because it's a ton of work and logistics are a bit tough.
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milktrader (Jul 13, 2022 at 8:56)
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Roost66 (Jul 2, 2022 at 6:21)
Ride up the decent, if you ride from north to south it just 2 miles of hike a bike.

Down is very fun and flowy.
  • + 1
feekstar (Jun 27, 2022 at 10:02)
An actual, legit "black diamond" trail. A few rock hucks at the top that can be super tricky due to trees right after landing so most walk these couple features. After that it opens up and is tons of fun for all skill levels
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WillMiemis (Apr 14, 2022 at 12:49)
One of the greatest down hills I’ve ever done. Almost like riding a pump track down. A couple of flat corners you have to watch out for, but other wise so flowy and fast. Hike-a-bike to top sucks but is 100% worth it for this insane downhill.
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Damntheman01 (Oct 16, 2021 at 17:00)
Now let’s reroute the hiking section!

Seriously though, the new trail is super fun. Thanks to all that made it happen!
  • + 0
mwilliams82 (Sep 6, 2021 at 9:55)
Amazing ride but be ready for a 2 mile hike a bike. Take the double track gravel road up from horse stable PL. the way we went was bad( all down hill traffic even thou it say bidirectional it’s not). Short review do the work best down hill since leaving Utah.
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benfin (Aug 29, 2021 at 20:29)
It's a banger. The 90 degree sharp left turn on two big rock slabs is doable for some. I haven't been able to. I rode up the descent to skip the hike a bike. Good times.
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josesanchez89 TMBA (Apr 12, 2021 at 16:59)
Yet another epic trail in Pisgah. I hope they never allow work or any kind of maintenance on this awesome trail.
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Escottimilhizer (Apr 8, 2021 at 18:09)
An absolute must do if you love to hike your bike. Most of the trail is unridable unless one is crazy good at long sustained technical climbing. There is very little redeeming qualities except for sweet views at high points on the trail. The middle and lower sections are the only parts worth riding unless one is a glutton for punishment.
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gpfrank (Oct 31, 2020 at 20:17)
My friends don’t like me, so they took me on this trail.
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javadown1969 (Aug 28, 2020 at 12:12)
Started out at the Horse camp and climbed the gravel road up 3 miles to Bennetts Gap Trail head. The trail was perfect I think, just a few muddy sections and wet roots toward bottom. Be warned I almost ran over a huge rattle snake, I stopped to get a pucture and when I neared him(8 feet) he started to get aggressive and csme towards me, crazy. He was super thick and about 5 feet long. If he was just in the leaves you'd never known he was there, he blends in thar welll!
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benfin (Jul 30, 2020 at 7:21)
Pucker up for this one if you arent expert. I followed my friend and some sections near the top had me say no way. The middle and bottom are a blast. Be careful. Many people walk their bikes at the top.
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sharknado33 (Apr 29, 2020 at 9:58)
Even in the “downhill” direction, this trail is a real epic. Too many downed trees to count. Many hike-a-bike uphill sections. Debris and leaves piled high in many areas make the downhills spicy, even though the downhill generally doesn’t have too much technicality/big drops.
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LeoFaruq (Apr 16, 2020 at 18:46)
This seems to be the description for the other buckhorn gap climbing up from Avery Creek. This trail actually has 1 or 2 small creek crossings and only ascends about 250 feet from South Mills River to the intersection with Black Mountain and Clawhammer on a non-technical trail surface.
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robmsul (Jul 15, 2019 at 16:31)
Two gnarly sections that you need to look out for. First is pretty early is a switchback turn on a mini boulder. A few minutes after is a technical approach to a decent drop with a tree to navigate immediately after landing. Check these out before hitting them. Other than that, you can ride the rest blind. Such a sick trail!
  • + 1
LegitBiker9000 (May 10, 2019 at 8:34)
Another classic legit trail, you start out in a meadow and quickly traverse on top of a beutiful ridge through some western style rock gardens those being rock-gardens that you might want to eye out before you send it if it is your first time. I would not recommend doing the drop because you'll hit this tree and unlike a downhill park, you'll be sitting out there for a while as this trail is pretty high up, do not ride alone if it is your first time, the videos online don't explain just how difficult the trail actually is.
  • - 3
LegitBiker9000 (Oct 24, 2018 at 15:30)
I don’t know what is more horrible, doing my hisory portfolio or having to ride this trail. Sad!
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blowmyfuse (Apr 16, 2020 at 7:41)
enlighten me. Trying to figure out a loop since they've shut off Avery Creek Road and Yellow Gap Rd. Limited access points to everything suddenly.
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More Stats for black-turkey-squirrel-black-buckwheat-bennett mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -10 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,106 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,143 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,133 ft
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  • Distance climb
    21 miles
  • Distance down
    19 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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