Shell Stand Creek

Bryson City, North Carolina

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Allow plenty of time to enjoy the technical demands of this 6.3-mile loop. The singletrack section has creek crossings galore, 14 to be exact, some of them footsoakers. A real pain in the cooler month, but definitely a summertime treat. The rest of the route uses a gated (normally closed) service road, plus a dirt road section open to vehicles. Expect to surprise wildlife on its way to and from the creek. Deer, turkey, and squirrels are common. The mixed hardwoods and abundant rhododendron are home to a wide range of chortling, thrilling songbirds. signs of bobcats and bears and the occasional whiff of a skunk are reminders of the connections made out in the woods on a bike. Overall, how many ways can you say "gorgeous"? You'll say it on the way down, along, and through Shell Stand Creek.
Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains

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Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains

by Steve Jones (Menasha Ridge Press)

Allow plenty of time to enjoy the technical demands of this 6.3-mile loop. The singletrack section has creek crossings galore, 14 to be exact, some of them footsoakers. A real pain in the cooler month, but definitely a summertime treat. The rest of the route uses a gated (normally closed) service road, plus a dirt road section open to vehicles. Expect to surprise wildlife on its way to and from the creek.

Deer, turkey, and squirrels are common. The mixed hardwoods and abundant rhododendron are home to a wide range of chortling, thrilling songbirds. signs of bobcats and bears and the occasional whiff of a skunk are reminders of the connections made out in the woods on a bike. Overall, how many ways can you say "gorgeous"? You'll say it on the way down, along, and through Shell Stand Creek.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 6.3
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Avoid during hunting season.
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 Shell Stand Creek

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May 2018