Middle Fork

Asheville, North Carolina 28810

Middle Fork

Middle Fork Professional Review and Guide

"If you like a long warm-up, then want to spice up things a bit, this is a good trail for you. Never-Ending Road gives you plenty of time to work the kinks out. A quick descent over small rocks and roots down Middle Fork starts to wake you up.

Then the descent out on Lower Fletcher Creek will have you either walking or working all the body English you’ve got just to stay upright and intact. Tread: 2.6 miles of singletrack; 9.5 miles of gravel doubletrack. Never-Ending Road is somewhat loose gravel that gets sparser and harder packed the farther you go. Middle Fork is hard-packed singletrack. Lower Fletcher Creek is often loose and rocky. Hendersonville Reservoir is an old Forest Service road."

More Middle Fork Professional Reviews and Guides

"After you take in views from what is known as the "Never Ending Road," you'll dip down through fern-filled woods, small meadows and alongside a small cascading stream. This one is a real beauty. Ride surface is 2.6 miles of single track and 9.2 miles of forest road.

Highlights: Gravel roads, views, stream crossings, mud bogs, meadows, open woods, and cascades."

Middle Fork Reviews

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Wish I could recommend this trail for runners but ,alas, I can't . Maybe a great bike route but avoid this if your a runner. Too many things can go wrong, especially during the summer months when everything is grown up.
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Trace ridge is by far the best trail in the wash creek area. But I don't you can fully enjoy the ride by riding up Trace Ridge. I usually ride up the forest road and hit spencer gap. The road is uphill, but not that bad. I think spencer gap is the second gated forest road on your left (not sure though) Actually the first gated road (not marked as a trail) is really fun. It has deteriated down to single track. I rode and never found the end, but the decent kick a$$. Anyhow take a left on spencer gap for a gruelling single track climb. The trail then levels off untill it hits the saddle where a bunch of trials connect. Turn right and you can head on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Head left down Spencer Creek for a fun ride. But, the best is the climb up Trace Ridge. Get ready for a kick a$$ decent. Super fast and with a lot a rocks. This dumps you back at your car, first having to go over huge woop de doos. I mean huge. Woop-de-doos and I don't get along, especially these, so I don't launch em, or havn't recently. Get warmed up on Fletcher Creek first.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty
1.5 to 2.5 hours
2,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,900 feet
Top Elevation
Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District (336) 877-3265
Local Contacts
USGS Dunsmore Mountain; USDA Forest Service Pisgah District Trail Map; National Geographic Trails Illustrated Pisgah Ranger District.
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Oct 2018