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10.0

Miles

16.0

KM

45%

Singletrack

3,239' 987 m

High

2,345' 715 m

Low

985' 300 m

Up

986' 301 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

Gravel road climbing followed by a fun, fast, and relatively easy downhill on Cove Creek Trail #340 and Davidson River #46. This is an excellent loop to dip your toe into riding in Pisgah.

Description

After a brief paved section leaving the fish hatchery, this route travels up Headwater Road #475B; a gravel climb just to the west of Looking Glass Rock. After about 3.5 miles, the route turns onto Cove Creek Road (FSR #225) for another mile of gravel.

After the road reaches its peak, the route follows it on a brief downhill before making a left turn onto Cove Creek Trail #340. t is NOT labeled 340. Instead there is a gate closing it and beside it a small trail sign that says cove creek as well as a sign that says Dead End. If you get to the end of the gravel and there is only a gate in front of you and campsite to the right you have gone too far.

Once you make the left on Cove Creek, go down a little ways and be on the lookout for the next left to stay on Cove Creek. It is also simply a little trail sign. Take that to a T, then go right. Cove Creek Trail #340 is a fast, and relatively tame (for Pisgah) downhill that travels to the Cove Creek Group Campsite.

Once you take this trail all the way down, it will T and you take a left. This brings you out to a gravel road and you go right till you get to the pavement. At this point, look for a trail to the right, Davidson River. Take that all the way to the road and it will lead you back to the hatchery parking lot.

After navigating from the group campground back to the main gravel road, turn onto Davidson River #46 for an easy but fun and scenic ride back to the Fish Hatchery.

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Guglielmi with improvements by Thomas Moore and 1 other

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  4.5 from 11 votes

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Photos

Group Ride on Cove Creek loop
Feb 17, 2015 near Brevard, NC
The view down to the Cove Creek Loop Bridge.
Jun 4, 2017 near Brevard, NC
Cove Creek Loop bridge.
Jun 4, 2017 near Brevard, NC
Timothy Burr on the stretch of gravel before the singletrack.
Aug 8, 2019 near Brevard, NC
Riding the twists and turns.
Nov 7, 2015 near Brevard, NC
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Jul 10, 2023
Alex Turman
Mar 10, 2023
Liz L
We did a little extra - added in the Davidson River and Long Branch to Butter Gap sections for a 13-mi ride. Long Branch was a little sketch at points 13.4mi — 2h 23m
Nov 10, 2022
Justin Reid
7.5mi — 1h 43m
Aug 24, 2022
Evan Harker
Hefty uphill climb but awesome descent. 10mi
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