Black MTN - Trail, Brevard, Carolina

Black MTN - Trail, Brevard, Carolina

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fet rid of your campy hats and big wheels this isn't tsali -- it is the real deal: tech. climbs decents and miles of virgin single track -- get a mao an explore pisgah -- calabrate your skills

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[Jun 26, 2012]
Aslan
Cross Country Rider

I came to visit and sample the goods in the Ashville/Brevard/Pisgah region and my local friend took me out on this ride. After reading all of the reviews I thought I would post my two cents. Over the past 20 years I have been used to riding out west. Tahoe, Bend, Moab, Flagstaff, Tucson, ect...The trails in the Pisgah are different. Lots of roots. Short sight lines. Rare but spectacular views. Anyway, Black Mountain starts with about 7 miles of sustained but non technical double track climbing. Once you get to the four way junction and head up the black mountain single track the trail changes character dramatically. You will have 2-3 miles with significant sections of rooty, steep, rocky singletrack. Unless you are a professional caliber trials rider you will not ride all of this section. It is a lot of off and on HAB. It is still a good ride and I really enjoyed this section, but if you hate pushing your bike occasionally you won't like it. The ride then leaves the ridge and heads down for 2 or 3 miles. Technical at first but then it opens up and gets really fast. The ride is short. Only 13 miles but it rides like 18 or 20 miles. The total climb is 2300 feet, which is also not too bad. This ride just takes longer than you would expect for its distance because of the 3 miles of technical riding in the middle. In sum, if you have been riding for a few years it is no problem but don't take your new girlfriend on it for her introduction to mt biking.

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Dupont trails, they are easier and still fun.
Burnt Mountain area.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 06, 2010]
greasy_physique
Cross Country Rider

Fun trail, nice, easy uphill on fire road. Once you hit the black mtn trailhead, about 5 miles up the road, there are fun technical uphills that are a blast to try and clear, though good luck with some of them... definitely some hike/bike... but not bad at all... beautiful views of the valley below mid-way up... Trail smooths out for a bit then a fun and fast series of DH sections with some mini-drops and water bars; good, fast tech 3-4 riding. Pretty much sit back and navigate your way down. Ripping ride back to car (parking at stables). If you are a novice rider, have fun but be prepared to walk over a few rocks/logs etc.. no big thing. Well worth a loop or two.
Overall aerobic is a 3, short sections of 4; same with tech. diff.

Customer Service

If you find the directions from the mtbikewnc.com, disregard them, don't try to follow them... Basically, ride or park at the end of FR 477, well-marked. This is where the stables are. Go straight up the double track about 5+ miles (aka. clawhammer rd). You will come to a 4 way intersection; you can go straight on road (which ends), you can go soft-left (Buckhorn gap) or Hard-left (stairs to shelter) OR Right (Black Mtn Trail). GO Right for the ride / hike-bike; good place to fortify at the top (~4200') with a sugar bomb. Stay on trail; DH from there. You will pass through an intersection with Turkey Knob of so, just keep going (about 1 mile down)... next you will come to a fire road (few miles down); you will drop down a few shallow log-steps here. You can go straight (singletrack) OR right (on fireroad); fireroad will drop you back on clawhammer, straight will take you out the road further, not sure what that trail is called, assuming blk.mtn.

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4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 11, 2010]
knightclan8
Racer

Black Moutain trail in Pisgah is one of the best i've ridden. Ride will take about 2-5 hours depends on how many breaks you want to take. if you're a downhiller you'll appreciat how the uphill section goes straight to the top on a small gravel road, but beware there is a bit of hike a bike. Once at the top it's downhill the rest of the way without any uphill-sick! there's not many rocks to deal with, i ride hard tail so i like that. it's still good for downhillers with heavy bikes because they can ride the downhill section even faster. i recomend going as fast as you can downhill- push it to the limit, it'll give you an adrenaline rush. Near the bottom, before coming out at the ranger station there's a bunch of bank turns.GNARLY! there's also an optional creek jump.-ride this trail but take it easy on the uphill. Got any questions ask one of the local bike shops (Sycamore Cycles) just remember you've got to go up to go down.

Customer Service

Luckily for me my mom dropped me off near the horse stables, which are located on a gravel road. This gravel road comes into the main road(can't remember what it's called) about 1 or 2 miles up from the information or ranger station.Anyway once i was dropped at the horse stables i tool gravel road straight to the top-not to bad of a ride. From the dead end at the top take a right onto the singletrack. This section is 1/2 ride 1/2 hike a bike-it's worth it,plus you can take a break at one of the great views. 1/2 a mile past the best view it will be 100% downhill. Staying on this trail will take you all the way to out behind the work station next to the ranger station. Lucky for me my mom picked me up there so i didn't have to even touch pavement the whole ride. ride time 2-5 hours(black mountain trail)

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avery creek

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 15, 2008]
AmosIv
Cross Country Rider

Now I understand all the Dupont hype. What an incredible trail. It has everything I love in a trail: long climb, a little hike a bike, some incredilbe single track downhill of almost every nature, challenging climbs, excellent views. Clawhammer Mountain, Black Mountain, what an amazing area! I cant wait to go back!
I hope to change that "how often do you ride this trail?" answer soon.

Customer Service

Parked at one of the bridges on Avery Creek road and started climbing. Climbed up to the horse stables and took 5058 up to the sign for the Black Mtn trail - it is on from there! Some hike a bike, some challenging single track uphill climbs, awesome views and then blast down trail number 127 to Pressley gap. We stayed on 127 all the way down to the pavement, took 2 rights and were back to the car.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 25, 2007]
YoungerNow
Cross Country Rider

A big disappointment. The downhill has some fun parts, but they're far too brief to justify pushing or carrying my bike for what felt like miles to get to the top; I take my bike into the woods to ride it, not to make my hikes more challenging.

Customer Service

Ride up the Thrift Cove trail to where it re-intersects Black Mtn, then head back down on the bottom (and best) part of the Black Mtn Trail. Done this way, it's a fun ride and worth 4 stars.

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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 14, 2007]
josh
Downhiller

the black mountain trail is the best around. it is hard uphill and down hill. im from the asheville area and the black mountain trail ranks supreme over all. you cant beat it.

Customer Service

start at the trail head off of 276 in brevard, nc. (the parking lot right beside the rangers station, if you cant find that you dont need to be on the trail anyway.) take the black mountain trail head all the way to the end and downhill averys creek, you will come to a dirt road take a left and that will take you bak to the parking lot.

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5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 05, 2007]
crankspanker
Cross Country Rider

In short... B.M. will test your abliity to endure the effects of the rawest of raw cross country riding. I have been riding for 21 years now and have covered ME,VT,NH,RI,CT,MA,NY,NJ,PA,OR, and now NC. I have never had soooo much fun on one single trail other than this. I filmed my entire ride down B.M. w/ my viosport to show my friends and family what you go through to get down this trail. I will post it soon enough. From Buckhorn Gap to the parking lot...32 minutes. This trail has some of the gnarliest terrain, but at the same time, the most beautiful landscape around. Enjoy it!

Customer Service

Started @ the Ranger Station. Hwy 276 to 477(right). 477 to Buckhorn Gap Trail(#103-orange) on right. 5.2 miles to 5058 and turn left. 2 miles +/- to Black Mountain Trail(#127-white) on right. From here you will ride(possible hike/bike) approx. 1.25 miles to Clawhammer Mtn. After that, it's down you go. The fun stops briefly as you cross 5022-Presley Gap and head back uphill a little bit. From there, it's a free express-ticket down, down, down. Don't forget to hit the 5-7 ft. high berms and 2 ft. high water bars. Crank hard.

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477 > left on Bennet Gap > 477 > right on Buckwheat Knob > right on Avery Creek back to 477 or straight through to the upper section of Blk. Mtn. and down you go.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 19, 2007]
hyneso
Weekend Warrior

Be prepared for lots and lots of hike a bike. The noreaster that blew through here last weekend has seriously impeded the fun on the trails and actually washed away a large portion at the 1.5 mile mark on Buckhorn Gap Trail on way to Black Mountain. I had traveled for work from Atlanta to ride in Utopia and ended up tired, scratched and frustrated at the timber on the trails every 50-100 yards. One blow down was so thick it took ten minutes to get through.

I would call or stop at the Ranger Station to see which, if any trails have been cleared yet. It took me an hour and 15 minutes to make it only 2.6 miles up the 7 miles to Black Mountain when I gave up and turned back.

Hopefully it will be cleared for you.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 11, 2006]
djaone
Cross Country Rider

This trail is my holy land. The ranger station parking lot is my church. I love this ride. To warm up, you can park at the ranger station or just east of the ranger station in an open grass field. Then head up the bottom 2 miles of BMT, turn right and head down (I think) avery creek. This is a 4 mile blast. The funny thing for a Floridian is that this trail is such a blast and is about 15 minutes away from a Wal-Mart. Once you get warmed up, then ride the real black mountain trail. It is a killer. Like most Pisga trails, you go up for about 4-6 miles then go down for 4-6 miles. Some call it abuse, some call it torture, I call it utopia.

Customer Service

Clockwise. Ride from the parking lot to road 477 (I think), then take a right and go to the horse stables. Take the road to the right just behind the stables - Clawhammer road. This road will test your manlyhood. After about 4 miles straight up, you'll either fall over and reach for your cell phone or you will sip your water, eat a power bar or GU and then take the right up Black mountain trail. It's only about 1-2 more miles of climbing but after that - hold on, and be sure to test your brakes. This is the east coasts mother of downhills. At least it's one of the downhills that does not have a ton of rocks or ruts and it mostly do-able... When your done, you can jump in the river if you can stand the cold water.

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Buy the book - off the beaten path by Jim Parham. Do all the trails around the rangers station and mills river area.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 26, 2006]
crewsdawg
Cross Country Rider

This is the trail that initiated me into mtn biking. I had never ridden a mtn bike in my life before this; I thought I might die trying to stay within 30 minutes of my friends reaching the top, and had pretty much decided mtn biking was too hard for me. The climb WILL destroy your confidence if you are a beginner. Then there was the downhill. This downhill is one of the best all around in the Southeast because it has a some of everything. Tight singletrack, water bars to launch from, technical rock gardens, swooping turns, and very fast FS roads. After reaching the bottom I decided mtn biking was something I loved doing, I just needed to get in shape for the climb.

Customer Service

Read the others' post.

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Dupont forest is the only place I have more fun on two wheels than Pisgah. Its about 30-45 minutes away from Pisgah and the trails are the best I've ridden in the Southeast.

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0
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0
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