2.8 miles
Distance
250 ft
Climb
-1,431 ft
Descent
00:39:08
Avg time
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  • since 2016
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  • USFS
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Bennett Gap Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Pisgah Ranger District
    Brevard, North Carolina
  • Ref Number
    #138
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #742 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #21583 in Trail Running
    • #26526 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    USFS

Now open year round to bikes thanks to trail advocacy. Excellent ridgetop views of Looking Glass Rock, Cedar Rock, and the Davidson River valley. Technical sections near the intersection with Perry Cove Tr. with nearly sheer drop-offs on the downhill side. Fast if riding downhill.

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More Stats for Bennett Gap Trail multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,181 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,318 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,568 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,499 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,318 ft
  • Grade max
    -45.302%
  • Grade min
    21.813%
  • Distance climb
    3,479 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    230 ft
  • Avg time
    00:39:08
  • Avg reverse time
    00:29:43
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on Oct 29, 2022
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Avg: 4.65 (40 votes)
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      Bennett Gap Trail Trail Reports

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      Oct 29, 2022 @ 12:35am
      Oct 29, 2022
      Love it, can’t wait to ride it again
      Oct 6, 2022 @ 10:55am
      Oct 6, 2022
      Sep 15, 2022 @ 2:55pm
      Sep 15, 2022
      roots, rocks, and steps, awesome getting pretty rutted in areas around steps.
      Aug 20, 2022 @ 7:11am
      Aug 20, 2022
      Aug 13, 2022 @ 9:48am
      Aug 13, 2022
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 6 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 440 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 4,600 rides
      • Last: Jan 28, 2023

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      May 16, 2021 @ 6:34pm
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      May 1, 2018 @ 5:31pm
      May 1, 2018
      | 2 comments

      Trail Events

      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      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
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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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      • + 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.
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