North Mills River - TRAIL

North Mills River - Trail, Hendersonville/ Asheville, Carolina

There are about 8-12 good trails in this area. All but a couple are marked with signs/colors. Even if you aren't into serious singletrack riding, you can still enjoy an afternoon here. The "Never Ending Rd." is a very popular route for beginners and those wanting to connect to other remote trails in the area. Approx. 5 miles out it will allow you to turn down Spencer Branch Tr., and another mile out Never Ending Rd. will let you exit off onto Flether Creek Tr., and still another mile out Never Ending Rd. will allow access to Middle Fork Tr. all of which intersect about 1 mile away. Then you have a couple of choices back to the parking lot. Both of these trail choices end up near the old Hendersonville Reservoir. Other trails in the area include the "Brutal" Trace Ridge Trail, Bear Creek, Wash Creek and Big Creek Trails. This is a pretty neat place kind of away from all the hustle of today's busy world .....

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xbizzy   Weekend Warrior [Dec 11, 2008]

Crazy awesome! Went on this my 3rd time out ever! Killer up-hill, seems like it just kept going. Take the left at the top and get ready to pucker your butt! Crazy rocks and roots. In the rhodo tunnel watch the stem knob in the middle of the trail, could throw you over. If you are done with it all by then you could turn L at the neverending road and go back to the trail head or take a right for about a mile and cut down Fletcher Crk on the left. Watch your food plots, lots of animals visit these and tread lightly (I plant these things:)) I think its the 3rd food plot down, dont let the animals trails to the water confuse you the trail cuts to the right and off to the woods, not to the beaver pond. Couple H2O crossings on this trail. Come out onto Resevior Rd (take a left to the TH or R to the Res.) and enjoy a nice breather on the way back to the trail head.

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See above.

Similar Products Used: Dupont, Kitsuma,
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Killer B   Downhiller [Aug 20, 2003]

Since I'm the Original poster of this trail, I feel the need to update it evry so often... Well, today I just got back from riding Never Ending Rd to Spencer Branch to Fletcher Creek (where I had a 200+lb. bear encounter) to Reservoir Road back to Trace Ridge Trailhead parking area. This is a nice place to escape the hastle of today's busy world... That bear ran like a scalded dog when it saw me, so don't let them hender you from trying this place sometime. I really like riding up here & invite fellow mtn. bikers to join in on the fun this area has to offer! Have a great ride!!!!

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Any in this area are alot of fun

Similar Products Used: Trace Ridge, Spencer Gap, Spencer Branch, Fletcher Creek, Middle Fork, Big Creek, Bear Creek, Wash Creek just to name a few....
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John   [Mar 29, 2001]

This is the same area that is listed under Wash Creek Area.

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Never ending road to Fletcher Creek then back to the parking area, then ride up the gravel road to Spencer Gap. Ride Spencer Gap to intersection with Trace Ridge, climb a little and then bomb down Trace Ridge. The decent is fast and rocky, with huge woop-de-doos at the bottom.

Similar Products Used: All of Pisgah, Bent Creek, and Dupont.
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BeastMaster   [Apr 13, 2001]

This is a nice change of atmosphere compared to the "Yuppy" infested Bent Creek area of South Asheville. Sure, there's not as many different trails here, but you can pretty well bet on not running head-on into a $2500 LiteSpeed on some of the downhills... Oh yeah, and most of the "Dog Walkers" don't bother driving this far. Sorry for the neg. comments, but I just felt the need, if you know what I mean.

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Sorry for the dup post, but I listed an incorrect email address onn the initial listing, just in case anyone wants to contact me.

Similar Products Used: Have a good ride !
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Sam B.   [Jun 16, 2001]

Me & my buddy's rode most all the trails in this area and in the Bent Creek area as well. They ARE great! I only wish we had some riding like this in my homeland..

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This place is great. No wonder W.North Carolina has been voted the #2 Mtn. Biking place in the USA !

Similar Products Used: Trace Ridge, Big Creek, Bear Trail, Little Hickory rocks!, Lake Powhatan is small but oh so warm ...
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Justin   [Jun 20, 2001]

The above route is for intermediate to advanced riders. The uphill is a seriously long, hard crank! However, the initial downhill has been the site of many 6-year old girls screams from 25 year old men. It is definitely worth the long pull to get there. Hard choice whether to ride hard or soft tail here. The above route takes about 2hrs for intermediate riders.

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Go up the trace ridge trail...an awesome crank! Turn left, down the steps and through some of the fastest, coolest downhills in the NC Mts. Follow through some creek crossings until you reach an old dam, and then the road. Start up th road and have a nice, cool down ride back to the car.

Similar Products Used: Bent Creek if it's not crowded, most of the rest of Pisgah.
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jeff check   [Oct 09, 2001]

First off, we met a dude named Brent on some intense at the trail head. He offered to guide us for this and trace ridge, Thanks Brent!!! PS. Locals here are fast, following them will result in you crashing.
Start by climbing for a LONG LONG way. this trail goes up for about 20 min. Then you hit some hike a bike that is more like boot camp training. I wanted to chuck my bottles and food because they weighed way too much at that point. After hike a bike, you ride the steepest possible ridable terrain and finally hit the top of Laurel Mountain, take the pilot rock trail down. Its the most dangerous down I've ever done and the switchbacks are crazy rock covered drops in with a 600 ft. fall if you miss one. I biffed my face on one and have a black eye now. I'll never ride anything crazier!

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Take north mills river road all the way 6 miles past the campground. Park anywhere along the road. Laurel Mountain trail is marked well.

Similar Products Used: http://www.mtbikewnc.com
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BeastMaster   [Nov 19, 2001]

I really want to thank whoever has taken the time & effort to clear Spencer Branch Trail last week. I tried to do the best job I could a few weeks ago, but I don't own a chainsaw. I see that someone with just that did a good job over the past weekend.

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It's Deer Hunting "Rifle" Season once again in this neck 'o the woods.... Please wear ORANGE if you decide to brave it and ride Mon-Sat for the next 3 weeks! I personally will only ride on Sundays during this time.

Similar Products Used: This is a really nice place to ride, although it, like Bent Creek, is beginning to be somewhat over-crowded at times... especially with horseback riders on the weekends... Why don't the riders put a "Catch-all" bag on the rearend of those horses? Seems kinda disrespectful to all the others of us out there to have to ride thru a bunch of horsesh*t, if you know what I mean! I bet they wouldn't like it if their horses had to tread thru 4" of chain lube laying on the trails....
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Rick   [Mar 30, 2002]

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Start at Trace Ridge parking area. Take the 3rd branch to the right of the forest service info sign. This will take you up Trace Ridge trail. This is a tough, but mostly rideable climb. I count about 4-5 steep, rocky sustained climbs separated by brief level sections. The first and only left turn is a few miles up the trail (I believe spencer branch- get this confused with fletcher creek trail). If you kept going straight up the hill a few hundred yards, it lets out on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Anyway, take the left turn down a steeper and rockier pitch- walk parts of this if not an experienced rider. It eventually will level out somewhat and then cross the Never Ending Road. I usually follow this trail down another mile or two to a convergence of trails (four branches). I then take the first right, crossing the creek and starting a nice gradual creekside climb (the other trail - Spencer Branch or Fletcher Creek, I can't keep the names straight). This will cross the creek a few more times before coming back into Never Ending Road. Take a left and follow this gravel road a few miles. The next branch to the left is Middle Fork. This is a fun creekside descent eventually letting out either at the reservoir or at the previously noted trail convergence. It is difficult to give precise directions, but these trails are well described in several local trail books and mtnbikewnc.com.
This is one of my favorite rides in the area. Only drawback is moderate horse traffic, but not much of a nuicanse. You may see some people in the flatter area by the creeks and near the reservoir, but most of the time there's noone else on Trace Ridge Trail.
Those complaining about crowds must be using the easier trails close to the parking area. I also disagree with all the negative remarks re: Bent Creek. This also is a little crowded in the more proximal trails, but more open up closer to "five points", and the "heinous" trails. What do you expect 15 minutes from Asheville and 5 minutes from a Mall. Be thankful for a great place to ride close to home.

Similar Products Used: If new to Mtn Biking, explore Bent Creek first, then move to N. Mills and finally into Pisgah N.F. (Davidson River region). Dupont riding is great.
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Alex   [May 02, 2002]

Being from Florida I'm used to rock quarries and old mine pits (yeah they have hills and drops - it aint all flat)
No matter where you start in NC, you will climb a mountain. Out of the two trails I rode, I liked Fletcher Creek best. Both trails have killer downhills. I believe my arms were just as tired slamming over rocks on the way down and going down. Downhills easily hit speeds between 20 - 30 mph.

Watch out for the mud puddles on Fletcher - they can compare to Florida swamps.

Check over your bike before going - we had a chain break and flat on the trails. Eat a good breakfast and bring plenty of water. Skills are needed so I would never recommend these two trails for a family ride (unless you want to get rid of them). There are enough trails to spend a week in Pisgah. This place rocks!

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For Trace Ridge: (8 1/2 miles, 1200 foot climb) use Trace Ridge trail; Spencer Branch trail; Fletcher Creek Road; Fletcher Creek trail; Hendersonville Reservoir Road.

Similar Products Used: Pisgah Forest
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