Seven Eleven

Nantahala, North Carolina 28781

Seven Eleven

Seven Eleven Professional Review and Guide

"You'll start out with one heck of a long climb on this route. Fortunately it's very gradual and tempered by the sight-seeing you get to do on the way up. Just down the road from the start you'll pass so close to an old power house you can almost feel the charge of electricity as you pass by. Soak up what you can for the climb ahead. As you follow the course of the upper Nantahala River you'll pass waterfall after waterfall. One section is known as the "cascades." Farther up, and once on the gated Forest Service Route 711 (no traffic here), the views of the surrounding peaks are simple stunning. It's like riding on a private Blue Ridge Parkway.

After a few rolling ridges, you'll start the long, swooping descent down to the shores of Lake Nantahala and finally back along the river, reversing the long climb with an easy coast. Points of interest: Old Nantahala Power & Light power house; cascades of Nantahala River; overlooks on Forest Service 711; Lake Nantahala; Bartram Trail crossing."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
5 to 5.5 hours - Intermediate level
Riding Time
Year-round, best Spring - Fall
2,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,700 feet
Top Elevation

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Jul 2018