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Horse Cove Gap Professional Review and Guide
"This ride begins with a forest road climb and views that rival any in Pisgah—just make sure you look over your shoulder on the way up. You’ll easily spot Pilot Rock and Slate Rock hanging on the mountainsides below the Blue Ridge Parkway. The single track that follows is as great as the scenery. Ride surface is 7.9 miles of single track and 4.3 miles of forest road. The hightlights include stunning views, technical single track, a swinging bridge, South Mills River, and fun downhills."
--Jim Parham, Off The Beaten Track Volume II: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - Pisgah (Milestone Press).
great trail until you cross the river on that nifty swinging bridge. You're looking for the trail with the white blaze but it's not marked! There were several well-used trails in various directions--enough to make you uncertain which was the right one. With 2.5 hours of daylight left I didn't want to waste time on the wrong trail!
I was fortunate enough to encounter a fisherman who had walked in from the last parking area on FS-476 and he pointed me in the right direction. It was reassuring to see his footprints in the muddy areas. Once I encounterd the Buckhorn Gap trail marker I finally knew I was on the right trail. But I didn't like having to ride almost 3 miles to find out!
It was a very nice ride with that swinging bridge but the uncertainty of not having a clearly marked trail 4.8 miles back to the gate at FS-476 took away some of the enjoyment. Might be good to get a color map from the Pisgah Rangers! I'm going to try and let them know that trail needs lots of markers.
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