Avery Creek Loop

Brevard

A fast, chundery descent without the death-defying character of most Pisgah trails.

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
11 km
Ascent
498 m
Descent
498 m
Low Point
746 m
High Point
1.2 km
Gradient
10˚
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Description

Mountain biking in the Pisgah National Forest will challenge you in every way imaginable. Brutally-steep climbs lead to even steeper descents, with massive drops and endless rock gardens. In fact, some of the Pisgah's trails promise bodily injury and possible death if you make an error. Avery Creek, in comparison, is a much more approachable trail.

Now is this route easy? By no means. After a long gravel road climb, riders will be faced by an absurd hike-a-bike to gain the top of Buckwheat Knob. But once on top, the rip down Avery Creek is absolute gold.

Yes, Avery Creek is still rocky, technical, washed out, and filled with roots and stream crossings. But then, the gnar gives way to high speed flow in sections. Even the technical sections aren't of the "I'm definitely going to die" variety.

Avery Creek is simply an enjoyable enduro mountain bike ride, and it can provide a great stepping stone as intermediate riders work up to the most difficult routes that Pisgah has in store.

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Technical
  • Road sections
  • Drops
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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