Pilot Cove - Slate Rock Creek

Asheville, North Carolina

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This ride takes you up Slate Rock Creek and past two waterfalls before making a steep jump up onto Slate Rock itself. Slate Rock is a large outcropping of stone hanging above Pilot Cove. Take in the fantastic view and then take the plunge down into Pilot Cove. SURFACE: Single track 5.4 miles and forest road 1.7 miles. HIGHLIGHTS: Log bridges, fern glens, steep section, clifftop view, bare rock riding, waterfalls, mud bogs, and a very steep downhill.
This ride takes you up Slate Rock Creek and past two waterfalls before making a steep jump up onto Slate Rock itself. Slate Rock is a large outcropping of stone hanging above Pilot Cove. Take in the fantastic view and then take the plunge down into Pilot Cove.

SURFACE: Single track 5.4 miles and forest road 1.7 miles. HIGHLIGHTS: Log bridges, fern glens, steep section, clifftop view, bare rock riding, waterfalls, mud bogs, and a very steep downhill.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Asheville
Distance: 7.1
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours - intermediate level
Trailhead Elevation: 3,115 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest
Topo Map: Pilot Cove - Slate Rock Creek 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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11/3/2006

This was a nice trail and a beautiful fall hike. Unfortunately we felt that the map, the trail markers and what guidebooks we found differed in terms of "how to make the loop" and when/where to double back. Overall easy to figure out but it seems to be needless consternation and unfortunately typical the the suboptimal markings on regional trails.

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