FSR 469

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Rank: #218 in the West and Mountains area
#221 in NC, #9,421 Overall
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Trail in the area near Marion,
“A remote forest road.”
Paul Stahlschmidt on Jul 20, 2013
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10.416.8 milesKilometers 1,475’450 m Ascent 2,789’850 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
Doubletrack Type -356’-108 m Descent 1,669’509 m Low 12% Max Grade (7°)
This forest road is a used in the Woods Mountain Loop, but can also be ridden as an out/back from Huskins Branch Road.

Its surface changes gradually over its length. The first stretch is groomed gravel. FSR 469A comes in from the left, and 2 miles beyond that you'll arrive at a closed gate. After that, it's a rolling doubletrack trail with some gravel and some natural surfaced sections. Stay straight through the gate for 4.4 miles and stay left at the fork in the road where you'll get to the last gate. Note, do not roll past this intersection. Stay LEFT. Go through the gate across the grassy field, and enjoy the most remote section until its terminus. If taking Bad Fork, then start looking for the trail 2 miles from this spot (on the left). It comes up quick and is easy to miss.

This is a road, but a scenic one at that, which includes the opportunity to see wildlife, waterfalls, and good views of the surrounding mountains.
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Miles of old-school Pisgah riding that includes one epic descent
near Marion, NC
4.5 (22)
A couple of tough climbs before earning a grin-inducing, fast descent through...
near Black Mountain, NC
4.5 (2)
A great endurance ride with lots of climbing. An alternate climb to the top ...
near Black Mountain, NC

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Lush forest on Bad Fork Trail (Spruce Pine, NC)
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Orange blazes mark the loop (Marion, NC)