14.3 miles
2,935 ft
-2,961 ft
4,007 ft
High Point

A great route through Pisgah highlighting well known descents, Avery Creek, Bennet Gap. As this route includes a lot of gravel climbing, it is less punishing than other pisgah routes, however it still includes the hike a bike over plack and other small singletrack climbs, if you are unfamiliar with the area expect this to be an all day ride. The nice thing about this route is that if you are ever too worn out or don't want to continue, just head back.

Detailed Description
Clawhammer, Left on Black, Avery,Bennet Gap is a 14 mile popular expert route located near Brevard North Carolina. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 5 trails. This route climbs 2,935 ft with a max elevation of 4,007 ft then descends -2,961 ft.
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29 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.
  • + 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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Nick0311 (May 8, 2022 at 16:19)
No more 2 Tree trucks and a handrail to cross the creek at the bottom of the trail, take buckwheat instead.
Great trail
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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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Mtbchick16 (Mar 31, 2022 at 8:03)
It is Black Mountain Upper, not lower
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zimm218 (Sep 12, 2021 at 9:13)
Rode trail top to bottom, some spicier sections but nothing above advanced. It can be ridden without scoping for advanced riders.

This trail is heavily blown out, widened, eroded, and signs of neglect even though it is popular in the area. That may be the style of Pisgah area but for some it will be unpleasant riding style if you are used to normally maintained trails or professional built trails.
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BennetgapBen (Aug 24, 2021 at 6:23)
Looking to huck your meat? Ride Avery creek then.
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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 18:10)
This trail was fast and fun but the ending makes it just so so. Its a very wide trail filled with lots of loose baby heads.
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yoimaninja (Sep 8, 2020 at 6:42)
Fast and fun descent with plenty of optional side hits and sendies! Really not that bad, I'd give it a blackish-blue rating compared to other nearby trails. But if you want to make it harder and gnarlier you can. Mega creek gap towards the end! Only complaint is the last mile hike out kinda sucks. Overall awesome trail and I'd consider it a "must-do".
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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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LeoFaruq (Dec 31, 2019 at 17:47)
After the maintence this auagust the trail has drastically changed carecter, the top is mostly wide and flowy with several Rock armoured sections due to drainage issues, there are multiple opprutinotes for doubles, but all of theese can just be rolled aside from the optional creek gap that has an obvious bypass. I wouldn't ride after rain, the bottom part of the trail adjacent to Avery Creek is very waterlogged and drys out slowly. Overall this trail is different to other Pisgah decents, it almost reminds me of bent creek, fun but best combined with other trails as the climb up is pretty long and strenuous.
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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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tubbnation (Oct 23, 2019 at 4:24)
Rode Avery on 10/19. Love the rework. Trail is now blue/black with optional black lines and one optional double black gap.
  • - 1
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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Elblue (Sep 8, 2019 at 17:36)
The top two miles are awesome, though I walked a few sections that were above my pay grade. Last mile is ok but you lose any semblance of flow with the log bridge crossings.
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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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atomsmom (Jun 15, 2019 at 13:48)
Definitely don’t try to compare this to any blues in Bent Creek or DuPont. I feel like I’m an intermediate rider and there were plenty of sections that I carried my bike through. Doesn’t even begin to compare with things like Greenslick.
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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 12:58)
This trail is unmaintained, terrible drainage. But who needs drainage right? Also not hard at all
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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
  • - 1
hrsjqb1 (Jul 20, 2017 at 20:05)
I really wish I had read this before riding it....up. Doing this as a climb is just plain stupid. Calling this an Intermediate downhill section understates it quite a bit. The trail is not what we would call well built. It follows fall lines, seems to have little regard for water management and is too close to the water table at the bottom. It's a hikers trail that could be a good time to descend, but should be considered Intermediate Plus at least.


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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
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More Stats for Clawhammer, Left on Black, Avery,Bennet Gap mountain bike route
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    2,344 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,369 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,343 ft
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  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,322 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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
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
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Avery Creek Trail
Jul 28, 2022 @ 2:58pm
Jul 28, 2022
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