Mountain Biking North Carolina
by Timm Muth (Falcon Guides)
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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.
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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