Stecoah Gap

Bryson City, North Carolina

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The slight four-mile climb begins at Stecoah Gap, using the lightly graveled service road for an eight-mile (total) out-and-back. This route is one of the three different trails exploring the flanks of Cheoah Balk, which remains pretty much straight ahead of the rider the entire trip out. Of the three bike rides near Cheoah Bald- Shell Stand Road and Cheoah Bald being he others- the road up from Stecoah Gap has the most moderate elevation: less than 100 feet per mile. The Appalachian Trail stays to the right of the road and out of sight, all the way to Locust Cove Gap. The northwest ridge of Cheoah Bald provides views of the Snow Bird Mountains and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Wildlife, including bobcat, are noticeable throughout the trail.

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"The slight four-mile climb begins at Stecoah Gap, using the lightly graveled service road for an eight-mile (total) out-and-back. This route is one of the three different trails exploring the flanks of Cheoah Balk, which remains pretty much straight ahead of the rider the entire trip out.

Of the three bike rides near Cheoah Bald- Shell Stand Road and Cheoah Bald being he others- the road up from Stecoah Gap has the most moderate elevation: less than 100 feet per mile. The Appalachian Trail stays to the right of the road and out of sight, all the way to Locust Cove Gap. The northwest ridge of Cheoah Bald provides views of the Snow Bird Mountains and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Wildlife, including bobcat, are noticeable throughout the trail."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
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 Stecoah Gap

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May 2018