Caney Bottom

Brevard, North Carolina

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This may well be the most purely fun trail available in all of Pisgah National Forest. The climb is relatively mild, the waterfall is spectacular, and the descent will have you waking up the next morning with a grin still stretched across your face. Novices will be spoiled by the sheer beauty and exhilaration of this ride. More advanced riders can take what’s offered, add several healthy dollops of speed, then holler themselves hoarse over one massive jump, two waist-high berms that belong on a NASCAR track, and enough bunny hops to make you think your bike sprouted wings. Tread: 4.4 miles of primo Pisgah singletrack; 0.8 mile of Forest Service road.
Mountain Biking North Carolina

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Mountain Biking North Carolina

by Timm Muth (Falcon Guides)

This may well be the most purely fun trail available in all of Pisgah National Forest. The climb is relatively mild, the waterfall is spectacular, and the descent will have you waking up the next morning with a grin still stretched across your face. Novices will be spoiled by the sheer beauty and exhilaration of this ride.

More advanced riders can take what’s offered, add several healthy dollops of speed, then holler themselves hoarse over one massive jump, two waist-high berms that belong on a NASCAR track, and enough bunny hops to make you think your bike sprouted wings. Tread: 4.4 miles of primo Pisgah singletrack; 0.8 mile of Forest Service road.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Brevard
Length: 5.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Trailhead Elevation: 2,500 feet
Top Elevation: 3,300 feet
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District (336) 877-3265
Local Maps: USGS Shining Rock; USDA Forest Service Pisgah District Trail Map; National Geographic Trails Illustrated Pisgah Ranger District.
Topo Map: Caney Bottom Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Biking North Carolina Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

4/27/2006

Incredible ride which has a little of everything. Some uphills, moderate technical sections, fast sections, lots of roots and rocks, and creek crossings. A few creek crossings must be walked unless you can ride over a slippery six inch log with a four foot drop into a gully that awaits a misstep.

2/25/2001

Caney bottom is a really fun trail. I usually hook this up with the long branch trail and picklesiemer fields, when those are in season. The climb up the road to looking glass is a good warm up. Once you hit Caney bottom, the fun begins. This is primo pisgah singletrack. There is also a really cool technical section right in the middle, the water bars are spaced just far enough apart to make things interesting. There are a couple of creek crossings that necessitate getting off, at least for me. After you ride this, there are two options (well three if counting riding back on the road. At the end of Caney Bottom you come out at the group campground. As you exit the forest quickly look to your right and you will see a faint trail leading back into the forest. This trail hooks up with the Daniel Ridge loop, right at the good stuff. It bypasses most of the overgrown forest road. Daniel ridge will shoot you out at the gravel road, launch off the stairs. You can either go left and hook up with the Davidson river trail ( look for a trail ranching right off the road) Or you can go right and do long branch. The climb up to long branch is grueling forest road that seems to go on for ever. Look for long branch on your left. This trail goes through a real cool cemetary and then drops you back to the fish hatchery. Long branch is fact with an entire section of small drop offs. Long branch is one of Pisgah's best.

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