FATMAP by Strava

Bennett Gap Loop


Bennett Gap is renowned as one of the most technical—and most fun—descents in the Pisgah National Forest.

Mountain Biking Extreme

10 km
430 m
430 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
708 m
High Point
1.1 km
Bennett Gap Loop Map

Portions of the Bennett Gap trail are downright insane. Most notably, the ultra-rocky, ultra-steep Devil's Staircase is barely hikeable... and yet some local riders can clean it on a regular basis. Be careful: once you see it, your mind could very easily be blown.


Insane sections aside, if you're willing to hike your bike for a while (and you better be if you're planning to mountain bike in the Pisgah), the rest of the descent is a gnarly, fast, ultra-fun rip that is very rideable by mortals (albeit mortals with advanced-level skills).

Take a minute to pause and soak in the views from the upper reaches of Bennett Gap. Views from bike legal trails in the Pisgah National Forest are few and far between due to the thick tree cover, so savor the delicious views that this trail serves up.

Views savored, tear into the descent with full abandon—this trail is an absolute riot!

Note: Bennett Gap is only open to mountain bikes from October 15 to April 15.



Very steep, difficult, narrow singletrack with widely variable and unpredictable trail conditions. Unavoidable obstacles could be 15in/38cm tall or greater, and unavoidable obstacles with serious consequences are likely to be present. Obstacles could include big rocks, difficult root sections, drops, jumps, sharp switchbacks, and more. Ideal for expert-level riders.

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between October and April


  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Hike a bike
  • Road sections
  • Drops
  • Roots
  • Rock Rolls
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens

Similar routes nearby

Guidebooks in this area