Coleman Boundary - TRAIL

Coleman Boundary - Trail, Barnardsville, Carolina

Gravel FR 74 itself is a great ride all the way out to Douglas Falls, and the singletrack coming off of it (Staire Creek, Walker Creek, and Bear Pen)is steep, rocky, and techincal. Located in a very scenic, rarely travelled area! Check out my web site link for all the detailed info about Coleman Boundary.

User Reviews (5)

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Steve   Weekend Warrior [Apr 20, 2012]

Awesome trail! Rode from the picnic grounds to Laurel down Bear pen and Staire creek. The total trip is around 14 miles. It is a nice climb up. You gain a little over 2000ft. The up hill is slow and steady while the down hill is fast and furious. I am not an extreme downhiller but thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

Similar Products Used: Kitsuma, Laurel mountain, Spenser's Gap
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Dennis   Cross Country Rider [Jun 30, 2010]

These reviews are old - I rode this a few weeks ago, and it was very crowded - bikers, horses, dogs, hikers, kids...too many people and dangerous. Also, looks like other bikers have eroded the trails - lots of off-trail riding resulting in large mud holes and erosion. C'mon, people!

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3
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Jordan   Weekend Warrior [Jun 07, 2007]

Oh, Staire Creek is rideable, allright, but it's insanely steep. It just takes practice. As for the stinging nettle...well, that's part of it. I recommend riding this when it's not in full growth. Bring your map and route-finding skills!

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5
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samiller71   Cross Country Rider [Sep 05, 2006]

Begins as a fairly steep 2 mile climb up a gravel road (FR 74) to Corner Rock. Gravel road turns to the right/South and somewhat levels out all the way to the Douglas Falls parking area. The return on the Laurel Gap trail is very nice and smooth but very overgrown in the summer. Its junction with Bear Pen is only indicated with a ribbon on the left, no sign. Laurel Gap trail continues northward back to Corner Rock at the gravel FR 74 road for a nice, far less technical loop. If you enjoy a rocky down hill, take Bear Pen back to the gravel road/Staire Creek junction. Staire Creek trail is **insanely** steep and technical with rocks, roots, and erosion galore. Far worse than Kitsuma could ever be. I dont see how any rider on bike or horse can go down this trail and live to tell the tale. If it can be done, Id love to see photos of the death defying feat.

Customer Service

Start at picnic area and take FR 74 up to Douglas Falls. Return on Staire Creek, Walker Branch, or Laurel Gap.

Similar Products Used: This area is very remote yet quite close to the BR Pkwy/Craggy Gardens.
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Evan   [Jun 02, 2000]

For the full experience take the Grand Tour (16 mi.)starting out at 6 pm during the week by yourself...an awesome spiritual journey.

Customer Service

...as suggested

Similar Products Used: Kitsumee, Clawhammer, Flat Laurel
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Scott   [Nov 28, 2000]

This ride takes place in a pretty remote area. You will likely not see another mountain biker. Make sure you bring all needed tools. The climb up the gravel road is long, but very scenic. The single track portion is all downhill!!! Very rocky and steep in some sections. It came be dangerous when the leaves have fallen because they hide the rocks. This is really a pretty area and worth the trip. P.S If you are into rock climbing there is a great spot just up the gravel road a few miles.

Similar Products Used: Bent creek.
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Puff   [Aug 07, 2002]

FR 74 lives up to its billing. What a beeeeeauuuutiful forest.

Staire Creek was FUN but too short.

What is up with the stinging nettles? I couldn't complete the Bear Pen loop. Maybe I was in the wrong place.

Customer Service

We tried to do it as described above.

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