Calfpen Gap

Bryson City, North Carolina

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The road climbs steadily with a nearly unchanged, steep grade. The high canopy overhead keeps the trail shaded during the summer, except when the road turns a curve in the middle of a recent clear-cut. At this point, the road follows the Graham-Swain county line. The valley below is home to Stecoah and, if you can find it, Hidetown. A singletrack cuts off from the road and connects to Panther Creek Road; ride this gravel road back to NC 28, turn right, and ride 2 paved miles back to the trailhead for Calfpen Gap.
Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains

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Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains

by Steve Jones (Menasha Ridge Press)

The road climbs steadily with a nearly unchanged, steep grade. The high canopy overhead keeps the trail shaded during the summer, except when the road turns a curve in the middle of a recent clear-cut. At this point, the road follows the Graham-Swain county line.

The valley below is home to Stecoah and, if you can find it, Hidetown. A singletrack cuts off from the road and connects to Panther Creek Road; ride this gravel road back to NC 28, turn right, and ride 2 paved miles back to the trailhead for Calfpen Gap.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 13
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: All-season, but call ahead for specific hunting season dates.
Local Contacts: Cheoah Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, 828-479-6431.
Local Maps: Nantahala National Forest map sold at the ranger station and area bike shops.
Driving Directions: Directions to Calfpen Gap

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