Old Cantrell Creek Lodge

Brevard, North Carolina

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This ride is easy, with a few hills and several suspension bridge river crossings. The ride takes you up the South Mills River to an old lodge chimney. Built in 1890, the historic lodge itself was moved in 1970 to its present location at the Cradle of Forestry. The ride surface is all single track. Highlights include suspension bridges, a historic site, swimming holes, and wide trail.
This ride is easy, with a few hills and several suspension bridge river crossings. The ride takes you up the South Mills River to an old lodge chimney. Built in 1890, the historic lodge itself was moved in 1970 to its present location at the Cradle of Forestry.

The ride surface is all single track. Highlights include suspension bridges, a historic site, swimming holes, and wide trail.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Brevard
Distance: 7.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours - intermediate level
Trailhead Elevation: 2,640 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest
Topo Map: Old Cantrell Creek Lodge 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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7/18/2009

I'm not sure why anyone would follow this guide to the Cantrell Creek, when there are so many options to create a loop. I did this section of Trail on a 7 hour Pisgah Epic, starting at South Mills and ending at Avery Creek, but for everyone that does not like, or have 7 hours, here is a 2 hour loop. Follow the easy and scenic Soth Mills River Trail, crossing numerous swing bridges, until you get to Cantrell Creek Trail take the Cantrell Creek trail, that starts at the old lodge ruin. The Cantrell Trail is every Mountain Bikers Nightmare, and everything we all hate, gets thrown at you, chicken heads, baby heads, slippery, wet creek crossings, swamps and more make this short trail a nightmare. At the end of this trail you hit "Squirrel Gap Trail", you can now choose to go left or right. I suggest you take a left, which gives you a really enjoyable and fun downhill run all the way down the Squirrel untill you meet up with "South Mills River" trail again, DO NOT cross the river, 'cos this will take you to "Buckhorn" but just follow the South Mills River back to where you you started. You could also take a right on top of Cantrell, onto the Squirrel and then onto Mulinax back to Homebase, but I never did this loop, so I cannot advise. Ride Safe www.mountainbikemayhem.com

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