9 miles
1,752 ft
-1,779 ft
3,339 ft
High Point

This is one of our favorite routes in Bent Creek and is featured in Freehub Magazine's Pisgah Photo Book: Issue 6.3. You can mix up any of the different trails to create a perfect route for your desired time frame.

From I-26 take exit 33 onto Brevard Rd and head southwest. Continue 2 miles and turn onto Bent Creek Ranch Rd, take a slight left onto Wesley Branch Road, after approximately 1 mile, turn right to park at Bent Creek's Rice Pinnacle parking area.

As you pedal out, take Deer Lake Lodge Trail to Wolf Branch Trail and then continue straight onto the Ledford Branch Trail. Ledford Branch is a moderately technical climb with roots and tight turns, but not overly steep. After ascending to Ledford Branch Road, turn right and then left onto North Boundary Road. North Boundary is a long gravel climb with a handful of lengthy steep sections, but smooth and doable on any climbing-capable set up. Continue on North Boundary until reaching Greenslick on the left. Greenslick is a worthy descent with notably fast sections along with flowy berms and jumps. Some rocks and roots, but mostly a red clay classic NC downhill. Once you complete the descent, turn left onto Sidehill Trail. Sidehill is a steep climb with some loose rock and packed clay. The trail will level off shortly and merge onto Little Hickory Top trail, it’s a gradual ascent that takes you back to the North Boundary ridgeline. From there, head down Ingles Field Trail. Ingles Field is steep and super fast at the top, followed by a flatter, pedally section and finishes onto Ledford Branch Road with a steep and rocky section. Turn right onto Ledford Branch Road and veer left onto Wolf Branch Trail shortly after. Wolf Branch is a quick descent with some jumps and good corners followed by a tight section with trees creating a low lying tunnel. Take Wolf Branch back to Deer Lake Lodge Trail and climb the paved trail back to the parking lot.

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More Stats for Freehub Magazine: Bent Creek Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,148 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,223 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,196 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,135 ft
Avg: 4.35 (7 votes)

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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      Lower Sidehill
      Jan 16, 2019 @ 4:52pm
      Jan 16, 2019
      Upper section is good. Lower has significant freeze/thaw.
      Wolf Branch
      Jan 16, 2019 @ 3:20pm
      Jan 16, 2019
      Some muddy spots.
      Green's Lick
      Nov 26, 2018 @ 3:33pm
      Nov 26, 2018
      there are so many leaves its hard to see rocks/roots/obstacles on the downhill.
      Laurel Branch Road
      Nov 3, 2018 @ 11:02am
      Nov 3, 2018
      Deer Lake Lodge
      Aug 20, 2018 @ 2:37pm
      Aug 20, 2018
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