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Avery Creek to Bennett Gap Loop

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An absolute ripper of a half-day in Pisgah that will have you coming back for more.


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15.7

Miles

25.2

KM

60%

Singletrack

4,033' 1,229 m

High

2,322' 708 m

Low

3,013' 918 m

Up

3,017' 919 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features Drops/Jumps

Overview

This route combines two of the best descents in Pisgah, accessed by two lengthy gravel climbs. Avery Creek Trail #327 is definitely a black, but isn't insanely technical, Bennett Gap is worthy of its double-black rating with some spicy sections that will trouble all but truly advanced riders.

There are other options to add sections of Black Mountain Trail (#127) or Club Gap to make this a bigger, longer ride.

Description

Starting from 'National Forest Road' off 276 West of Brevard, you can start this ride at either the 'Pisgah Forest Riding Stables' parking lot, or anywhere along the road leading up to it - there are various parking spots, turn-offs, and campsites along the way.

Regardless, you'll start on Clawhammer Road after turning right off the Forest Road through the Riding Stables parking area. The climb takes you four miles and 1,200 feet or so up to the intersection of Clawhammer Road and Black Mountain Trail (#127). It's never too steep or loose and is shaded for the majority of the way.

Stay straight/left through the first and only real intersection with Turkey Creek Road (Maxwell Cove Road), and avoid turning left onto Buckhorn Gap Trail #103 - it's pretty straightforward.

At the intersection with Black Mountain Trail (#127), you'll take a left. Clean the stairs upward if you're a demigod, and begin a technical, steep, and punchy climb. You'll top out after a bit, and descend part of Black Mountain Trail (#127) until the intersection with Avery Creek Trail #327, Club Gap, and Buckwheat Knob (#24).

Turn left onto Avery Creek Trail #327 and let it rip - enjoy miles of chunk, jumps, drops, and alternate lines. It's never terribly steep, and there's pretty much always a ride-around. Towards the end of Avery Creek Trail #327, it does flatten out a bit with a few creek crossings and likely mud spots.

Avery Creek Trail #327 and Buckhorn Gap Trail #103 weave together a bit, you can really take either as both will spit you out onto Avery Creek Road.

Once on the road, you'll turn right and begin another gravel grind up 1,200 feet or so for a little over three miles to reach the Bennett Gap trail access. Bennett Gap is definitely steeper, chunkier, and overall spicier than Avery Creek Trail #327, so if you were in over your head on Avery, keep this in mind.

Everything is very rideable with only a handful of truly advanced features. Note that there are some sudden, steep uphills in the first portion of Bennett Gap, so stay on your toes. Enjoy the fast, open descent on Bennett Gap that will have you grinning from ear to ear. You'll then pop back out onto Avery Creek Road to get back to your car and finish out the ride.

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Rob Kelly

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Come along with me for a ride down the super fun Bennett Gap Trail.
Oct 4, 2017 near Brevard, NC
Overlook near the most difficult section of the trail.
Feb 26, 2016 near Brevard, NC
Another run showing the tricky rock sections...
Jan 21, 2015 near Brevard, NC
How deep is the left hairpin turn near the top of Benneth gap?
Nov 8, 2020 near Brevard, NC
Shelter on Black Mountain Trail
Jul 9, 2013 near Brevard, NC
The bigger drop on Bennett Gap Trail
Jan 21, 2015 near Brevard, NC

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Jun 17, 2021
jaime pellon
AVERY CREEK — 4h 30m