Bennet Gap - Trail, Brevard/Pisgah Forest, Carolina

Bennet Gap - Trail, Brevard/Pisgah Forest, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

mostly downhill. at the top of the trail there are a couple good rock gardens for people with dh bikes, the rest of the trail is quick with lots of water bars to play around on . Godd DH training trail

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 16, 2011]
Mike
Cross Country Rider

If you start from Buckwheat knob it is mostly downhill. That being said, I would not recommend riding this trail unless you have talked to someone who has ridden it recently. It was extremely over grown.....So bad so that I had to go bushhogging around a field of thorns. The last mile or so of downhill is killer with constant water bars. Top part is Super Tech. Hats off to whoever can clean it all. Also there are conflicting reports of if it is open to mountain bikes in the summer. I could not find a sign for Bennett gap off of the fire road but it is just across from where Buckwheat knob comes out on the fire road. The HUB bike shop told me it was a seasonal trail (closed to MTN. BIKERS April 15- Oct. 15) I talked to the ranger station and they said it is open to MTN. I don't know who is right but I rode it none the less.

I only rated this trail low because of the over growth. Other wise a solid 4.

Customer Service

Start at club gap and take buckwheat to bennett. You can by pass Buckwheat if you just ride the fire road up to Bennett Gap.

Similar Products Used:

Black MTN. Thrift Cove. Sycamore Cove.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 16, 2006]
BigWilson
Weekend Warrior

SWEET RIDE! IS THAT OLE WYLD WILLY IN THE PICTURE! I THINK SO! YOU DONT NEED FULL SUSPENSION! I RODE IT ON A STEEL FRAME HARDTAIL!

Customer Service

DOWN.

Similar Products Used:

AVERY CREEK

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 12, 2003]
hauss
Cross Country Rider

Hey Ya'll, Yeah, I rode Bennett Gap! No... you don't need a FSR--It helps, for those who are un-smooth. Yep, everything is definitely rideable; even if you're a XC rider-just got to be smooth. Switchbacks aren't that bad, rock drop is sketchy, however. Watch out for that tree or just bomb through the middle, OH YEAH!!!! My advice: ride with someone who's been here before.

Customer Service

Clawhammer road take a right on the first turnoff and ride Black MT. to Buckwheat to Bennett down Pressley Cove. Ride fast and smooth

Similar Products Used:

Farlow, Butter Gap, Daniel Ridge, fire-roads they are definitely my favorite just any... pick one.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 13, 2000]
Righteous E

It's a great trail to end the day on. We used to camp right near the bottom of the trail and ride it after a full day on other trails. Great way to end the day. Scenic at the top, some rhododendron tunnels and a couple tricky technical sections. Once you're past these it's a tear to the bottom. The steeper sections have occasional water bars that are perfect for feline action. Don't miss it.

Customer Service

I suggest shuttling it since all of the climbing is on a dirt road. No beginners.

Similar Products Used:

Black Mountain, Buckskin Gap, anything followed by 'Gap'.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 11, 2001]
james

fun!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 13, 2001]
BeastMaster

This is a decent trail if you're already in the area. Nothing to write home about for sure...

Customer Service

You guys would never make it @ Moab ... What's a little uphill, as long as you get to enjoy your reward screaming downhill afterwards?

Similar Products Used:

Black Mountain is alot more advanced, if you're up to it...

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 05, 2001]
John

Both these trails are awesome if you like high speed , rough trails. I rode this trail back in the early nineties with cantelever brakes and rigid bikes, that was brutal. With a well set up rig you can ride the whole thing with one or two stops and really haul balls.

The top section has tecnical rock areas, 3 of them. they get progressively harder, the third one is 50 yds long and has a penaly of a big drop in the right side.

You can burn through some brake pads after a day on these trails!!!!

Customer Service

do the shuttle so you can take the various routes down, you can exit by the racoon rest area near sliding rock or by the horse stables

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 16, 2002]
Big Brain on Brad

Awesome descent. 6 ft rock drop option, nice for the old hardtail. Really, really fast. Don't listen to Beastmaster below, I've been to Moab, it ain't all that- no trees! I give it a 4 for the great armpump! Best when linked up with Avery Creek DH and Black Mtn Trail to Club Gap- ends up a 5 hr epic.

Customer Service

Down.

Similar Products Used:

Avery Creek, Buckwheat Knob, I've heard Furlow Gap is the best but haven't made it there yet.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 25, 2002]
tbone

Bennet Gap is a very soild trail for moderate to expert riders. The expert rider might have a little easier time cleaning everything but it is still a killer trail for anyone to try.

Customer Service

Perry cove is a really fun and really fast way to finish out Bennet Gap, But if you like the "Gap" then after the second uphill go all out on the down just watch the turns near the end and you can soar over the dreadful waterbars in the trail

Similar Products Used:

Avery Creek, Preesley cove, Perry cove, Black Mt(advanced)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 16, 2002]
Ed

Stellar downhill...End of story. If you start at Buckwheat Knob, you'll have a slight climb for a little while, then the fun begins. The trail from Buckwheat Knob to the first intersection of Coontree Loop is quite challenging. Very rocky with lots of successive drops and some off-camber rooty sections. There's a switch back that looks like 2-3 huge steps down to a 180 degree turn. I actually saw a couple guys on some long travel FS bikes pull it off. They basically just bounced down the 2 foot drop steps, then kinda bunny hopped/power slide around the turn. Quite impressive really. I almost tried it after I saw them do it (it took them a couple tries though), but my little raisin sized balls prevented me from giving it a go. Maybe next time. Everything is pretty much rideable by most experienced riders, although some tight, off camber turns where covered with a nice slippery layer of pine straw (i.e. careful on the brake lock up). There also is a 5-6 ft. drop that will thrill the free riders and make most XC geeks despair. I know some folks have ridden this trail with a hardtail, but for my money, you really need a FS rig to fully enjoy the experience.

A few comments about different routes. I've also taken Perry Cove trail to this trail as well, and that's a nice way to get a good climb in and avoid a long drive up to Buckwheat Knob. But, I you'll miss a lot of the fun downhill stuff. Even so, you can make a left onto Bennet Gap and blast down the rest of the trail back to FR 475. This section of downhill is some of the fastest in Pisgah in my humble opinion. Not super technical, but it really pegs the fun meter. You can also branch off on Coontree loop (from Oct.-Apr.). Although I have yet to actually ride this trail (meant to, but ended up getting a little confused and took the Coontree Loop hiking trail down to 276 by accident. For the record though, that wasn't a bad way to go...Too bad it's not open to bike traffic), but it looks like it would be a real nice descent.

Customer Service

Drive up to Buckwheat Knob, then ride trail back down to FR 475 or Coontree Loop to Hwy. 276

Similar Products Used:

Umm, any of them...

OVERALL
RATING
5
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