Horse Cove Gap Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,290' 393 m
Descent: -1,294' -394 m
High: 3,851' 1,174 m
Low: 2,935' 895 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“A gravel road climb to a collection of fun technical descents.”— Travis Williams
The loop is less difficult than other other Pisgah descents, but still works in some challenging sections without forcing riders off big drops or jumps. It's a little more secluded and has many pretty views of the Parkway, Looking Glass Rock, and South Mills River.
Take 5018 until it dead ends, keep an eye out to your right and behind you there are some great views of the Parkway and Looking Glass Rock along the way. Horse Cove Gap Trail #325 will be on your right when the road dead ends at about mile four.
Take Horse Cove Gap Trail #325 down until it dead ends at the Squirrel Gap Trail #147 intersection. Take a right on Squirrel Gap Trail #147 and follow it all the way down until you hit South Mills River where there is a suspension bridge to get across. Make a right on South Mills River Trail #133 and take it all the way back to the parking lot.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed, History & Background
Local Club: Pisgah Area SORBA
May 28, 2020: BOD Meeting Minutes May 2020
Apr 15, 2020: Pisgah National Forest Closures
Apr 10, 2020: Appalachian Rock Armoring
Land Manager: USFS - Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District