Buckhorn Gap

Brevard, North Carolina

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If you can take the four-mile climb at the beginning in stride, you'll love the ridge ride that follows. In places the mountain falls off on both sides only a few feet from the trail. Ride surface is 4.9 miles of single track and 5.2 miles of forest road. Highlights: Great views, log bridges, ridge riding, Buckhorn Gap Shelter, waterfalls, and mud bogs.
If you can take the four-mile climb at the beginning in stride, you'll love the ridge ride that follows. In places the mountain falls off on both sides only a few feet from the trail. Ride surface is 4.9 miles of single track and 5.2 miles of forest road. Highlights: Great views, log bridges, ridge riding, Buckhorn Gap Shelter, waterfalls, and mud bogs.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Brevard
Distance: 10.1
Elevation Gain: 1,680 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours - intermediate level
Trailhead Elevation: 2,360 feet
Top Elevation: 4,040 feet
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest
Topo Map: Buckhorn Gap Topographic Map
Guide Book: Off The Beaten Track Volume II: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - Pisgah Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

7/15/2009

The way this trail is described here would not get a 4 star rating, unless you enjoy riding on gravel roads, if so, this is an excellent ride, and a hell of a lot easier than the route I suggest doing. Leave your vehicle at the stables, drive 0.6 miles to the start of Black Mountain ( just past the Rangers Station) Now start the (about) 70 minute lung busting climb up to Black Mountain, once at the top of Black Mountain carry on along the the very technical grade 4+ - 5 trail past the insect infested Buckhorn Gap Shelter untill you reach the trail junction of Avery Creek and Club Gap. By now you will be cursing everything and everyone, so take a break here, 'cos your 4+ hours of uphill hell is going to be rewarded with 15 minutes of sheer downhill single track pleasure. Just be very careful screaming down Avery Creek, there are some unexpected technical sections, that if misjudged, could cause some serious problems to you and your bike. Once you reach the bottom of Avery Creek, hopefully in one piece, you would have forgotten all about your 4+ hours climb, and will be wanting more Avery. If you really don't like climbing, but love a technical downhill, you could try and get someone to drop you off at the Start to Club Gap, ( still a 30 min uphill) and then have them pick you up at the Stables. Ride Safe www.mountainbikemayhem.com

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