Caney Bottom

Transylvania County, North Carolina 28766

Elevation Gain97ft
Trailhead Elevation2,775ft
Elevation Min/Max2688/2775ft
Elevation Start/End2775/2775ft

Caney Bottom

Caney Bottom is a hiking trail in Transylvania County, North Carolina. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 2,775 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 97 feet. This trail connects with the following: 340 Cove Creek and 361 Caney Bottom Loop.

Caney Bottom Professional Review and Guide

"This may well be the most purely fun trail available in all of Pisgah National Forest. The climb is relatively mild, the waterfall is spectacular, and the descent will have you waking up the next morning with a grin still stretched across your face. Novices will be spoiled by the sheer beauty and exhilaration of this ride.

More advanced riders can take what’s offered, add several healthy dollops of speed, then holler themselves hoarse over one massive jump, two waist-high berms that belong on a NASCAR track, and enough bunny hops to make you think your bike sprouted wings. Tread: 4.4 miles of primo Pisgah singletrack; 0.8 mile of Forest Service road."

Caney Bottom Reviews

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Incredible ride which has a little of everything. Some uphills, moderate technical sections, fast sections, lots of roots and rocks, and creek crossings. A few creek crossings must be walked unless you can ride over a slippery six inch log with a four foot drop into a gully that awaits a misstep.
Caney bottom is a really fun trail. I usually hook this up with the long branch trail and picklesiemer fields, when those are in season. The climb up the road to looking glass is a good warm up. Once you hit Caney bottom, the fun begins. This is primo pisgah singletrack. There is also a really cool technical section right in the middle, the water bars are spaced just far enough apart to make things interesting. There are a couple of creek crossings that necessitate getting off, at least for me. After you ride this, there are two options (well three if counting riding back on the road. At the end of Caney Bottom you come out at the group campground. As you exit the forest quickly look to your right and you will see a faint trail leading back into the forest. This trail hooks up with the Daniel Ridge loop, right at the good stuff. It bypasses most of the overgrown forest road. Daniel ridge will shoot you out at the gravel road, launch off the stairs. You can either go left and hook up with the Davidson river trail ( look for a trail ranching right off the road) Or you can go right and do long branch. The climb up to long branch is grueling forest road that seems to go on for ever. Look for long branch on your left. This trail goes through a real cool cemetary and then drops you back to the fish hatchery. Long branch is fact with an entire section of small drop offs. Long branch is one of Pisgah's best.

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Trail Information

Transylvania County
Nearby City
Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District (336) 877-3265
Local Contacts
USGS Shining Rock; USDA Forest Service Pisgah District Trail Map; National Geographic Trails Illustrated Pisgah Ranger District.
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Jul 2018