18.1 miles
Distance
2,611 ft
Climb
-2,611 ft
Descent
4,050 ft
High Point

After the great climb up Clawhammer road you get to test your self up Black Mnt. trail till to get to Buckwheat knob trail.... and after all that fun you get to rally down bennett gap trail, then head back to Sycamore Cycles!! This ride is not for the faint of heart. It is wicked hard up and down.

Detailed Description
Claw-->Black-->Buck-->Bennett is a 18 mile moderately popular expert 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 7 trails. This route climbs 2,611 ft with a max elevation of 4,050 ft then descends -2,611 ft.
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22 Reviews & Comments

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BennetgapBen (Sep 18, 2022 at 15:56)
Great fun on my specialized turbo levo e bike
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Roost66 (Jul 2, 2022 at 6:28)
Very nice and flowy, best of all the Black mtn trails.

Ride up the gravel road, nice climb and all downhill from the top.
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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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steelispossiblyreal (May 7, 2022 at 21:22)
This is one of the best trails I’ve ever ridden. Perfect combo of chunk and flow. Great little jumps. Big berms with sick wall rides. If you’ve only got a quick lap in you this is the move.
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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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provin1327 (Apr 4, 2021 at 18:04)
Wow what a blast, this trail qas awesome. Starts out fast chunky but turns a bit more tight and technical with a super fast wide open finish!!
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AllenFrost (Sep 22, 2020 at 12:33)
Tree cleared below switchback rock drop
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boomshakkalagga (Sep 19, 2020 at 0:57)
Big tree down in the switchback section.
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yoimaninja (Sep 8, 2020 at 6:35)
Black Mountain LOWER was probably the best DH ride of my life! ...Black Mountain UPPER was probably the worst climb of my life!
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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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pistol2ne (Aug 2, 2020 at 13:24)
Everyone pretty much nailed it. Upper is tough as shit. Hike a bike and need to be on it. The bottom is sooooooooooo much better than Upper. Heed the warnings unlike this west coast kook.
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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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HenryCoat (Jul 26, 2020 at 12:33)
We started at Club Gap and rode down all of black mountain from there. Overall this route is not worth doing. The reworked upper black is only worth doing backwards (easy to west) which is well built specifically for that direction. The two mile climb on Middle Black is 95% hike a bike unless you have mad trails skills in which it would be 90% hike a bike. The middle black downhill was ok but not worth the climb. If you start where it intersects with turkeypen gap or turkey creek road, you’ll have a blast. The lower section has the perfect combination of tech and flow.

Summary: ride upper black East to west. Don’t mess around with middle black. And lower black is awesome.
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Billroske (Jul 13, 2020 at 18:43)
This is a well travelled paved road.
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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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Sstephns (Nov 24, 2019 at 12:05)
Bring some good travel and hang on. Hike a bike for a mile if you go claw hammer and do upper. Comments below are trash, this trail is fun. Go full tilt and don't look back.
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imalikyoaz (Sep 10, 2019 at 10:44)
Climb up the gravel road, and turn right or die. Upper black is horribly awful. Middle is great for a full suspension, still very technical, lower was the most fun on my hardtail, but the hike a bike to upper pretty much ruined it. Don't go up to upper black, it's a piece of eroded trash.
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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!
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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.
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0ldd0c (Oct 15, 2018 at 13:47)
We began at Club Gap and had to walk/ carry our bikes up a very steep, washed out 4 mile climb that was not rideable (unless you’re on a motocross bike). Then the downhill with equally washed out trail to rattle your mind and bike. Our advice, don’t start at Club Gap if you want to ride and not carry your bike
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:48)
We started up from club gap, which in its self, quite a challenging climb. To be honest the trail is fairly technical, but eases out on the bottom half with the rock gardens. I usually ride out west, so i find the east coast to be really lame. But to any advanced rider looking to shred something somewhat challenging, I'd suggest this trail. It also has a great loop. Don't even think about climbing up this trail
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Pgerm (Feb 21, 2018 at 8:00)
I began the trail with Club Gap to Black Mtn.... Whoa what a kick in the balls. I wasn't prepared for the nearly 2 hrs of hiking my bike up a mountain. The downhill was real chunky with big rocks and big drops. Scetchy as hell, but awesome. Really tested the limits of me and my bike. About 1/2 way down the trail transformed into a fast, fun, and flowy route with berms and jumps. Next time I'll skip the hike a bike and probably try to meet up where the flow starts near thrift cove trail
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    27
More Stats for Claw-->Black-->Buck-->Bennett mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,128 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,130 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,129 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -51%
  • Grade min
    40.4%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Black Mountain Trail (Lower)
Sep 29, 2022 @ 1:51pm
1 day
Gettin loose and chunky out there. Many thanks to all our visitors!
Clawhammer Road
Sep 15, 2022 @ 2:59pm
Sep 15, 2022
Buckwheat Knob Trail
Sep 15, 2022 @ 2:57pm
Sep 15, 2022
rough in areas but rideable
Bennett Gap Trail
Sep 15, 2022 @ 2:55pm
Sep 15, 2022
roots, rocks, and steps, awesome getting pretty rutted in areas around steps.
Avery Creek Road
Sep 13, 2022 @ 1:25pm
Sep 13, 2022
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