Lower Sidehill Trail

Buncombe County, North Carolina 28776

Elevation Gain999ft
Trailhead Elevation2,200ft
Elevation Min/Max2200/2700ft
Elevation Start/End2200/2200ft

Lower Sidehill Trail

Lower Sidehill Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 2,200 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 999 feet. This trail connects with the following: Lower Sidehill Connector.

Lower Sidehill Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"You may want to use this as a prelude to taking on more of Bent Creek’s trails. The warm-up begins with a forest road climb followed by a short, steep, rocky ascent onto Lower Sidehill. The last half is all downhill. In the winter, you may want to use seasonal Pine Tree Loop and Explorer Loop Trails instead of FS 479.

The ride surface is 2.6 miles of single track and 1.9 miles of forest road. Highlights include loose gravel on forest road, small stream crossings, wildlife fields, experimental areas, spotty views, and a boggy section."

"Get ready for a preeminent ride with an easy singletrack warm-up, one big dose of pain on the way up, then nothing but fun for the rest of the ride. This is one of the most enjoyable descents in Bent Creek (if you like it rocky, that is) and certainly the most under-ridden. Seems like most riders don’t want to venture up the road that far. Believe me though, their loss is your gain.

Once you get past the bone-breaking entrance climb, Lower Sidehill offers more than 2.5 miles of almost pure descending. It’s sketchy, fast, and unpredictable, just like a good trail should be. Tread: 5.1 miles of tasty singletrack; 2 miles of doubletrack; 1.1 miles of gravel road."

"Just got that new mountain bike or want to take the kids out for a spin and skip the single track? This is the ride for you. You’ll go from the pretty arboretum grounds, out and around Lake Powhatan, and back alongside gentle lower Bent Creek.

There are only a few hills to climb, a rarity in these parts. The ride surface is 4 miles of forest road and 1.9 miles of pavement. Highlights include the flora and fauna of the North Carolina Arboretum, lake and stream views, and a few hills."

Lower Sidehill Trail Reviews

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You get all your climbing in first, then enjoy a beautiful descent on single track. Rocky, moderately difficult.

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Trail Information

Buncombe County
Nearby City
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.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018