Situated in the charming city of Brevard, North Carolina, this trail captures the essence of classic Pisgah singletrack within its 2-mile length. Don't let the distance deceive you; this trail is an amalgamation of gnarly terrain, creek crossings, and the less intimidating old road beds. Rated as 'Difficult', this ride offers a tamer face of Pisgah but doesn't compromise on the thrill.
Journeying from Asheville? Head south on I-26E and take the exit for Hwy. 280. Follow this road southwest towards Brevard. Make a right onto Hwy. 276 to enter the Pisgah realm. A further right onto FS 477 and a few miles of driving will land you at the trail access point on FS 477.
Combining classic Pisgah gnar with old road beds, the trail presents a balanced challenge. While it retains the Pisgah toughness, it isn't overwhelmingly technical. The presence of creek crossings adds to the adventure, although they can be avoided if they seem too daunting.
The trail allows for both a gradual descent and a manageable climb. However, watch out for the sandy sections. While smooth, they can hinder your speed on the descent. If you're into downhill, this trail may offer an adrenaline-packed experience, particularly after rainfall when the leaf-covered sections become more challenging.
Log steps and creek crossings are the key technical features of this trail. They can be tricky on the uphill, potentially turning into hike-a-bike sections for some riders. However, if you're connecting from the top of Clawhammer and Black, this trail serves as a less demanding alternative.
By Pisgah standards, this trail might be considered a 'blue,' but don't underestimate its challenges. It offers an authentic Pisgah experience within a short distance, making it ideal for riders looking to craft their own adventure by connecting to nearby trails. It's the perfect trail to test one's mettle before venturing into the more daunting terrains of Pisgah National Forest.Ride safe and enjoy the trail!