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Bracken Preserve


Flowy but steep singletrack rideable from downtown Brevard.

Mountain Biking Difficult

12 km
409 m
409 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
738 m
High Point
1.1 km
Bracken Preserve Map

While Brevard, North Carolina receives high acclaim as arguably the best mountain bike destination in the Eastern United States, there's really only one trail that's rideable from downtown Brevard. That trail is Bracken Preserve.


Unlike most of the riding in the greater Brevard area, Bracken Preserve is relatively flowy and smooth overall. The trails were machine-built, unlike most of the singletrack in the Pisgah National Forest, providing great rolling grade reversals, rollers, tabletop jumps, and berms. While overall this singletrack is much flowier than the other trails in the region, there are still a decent number of rocks and roots to keep you honest.

While all of the climbs are rideable, like pretty much every single Brevard-area trail the climbs feel like they head straight up the mountainside, gaining elevation quickly as the singletrack heads toward the top of Burl Mountain.

Once up top, the flowy rip back down the mountain is a reward so sweet, you'll forget about the pain of the climb! Berm after berm, jump after jump, this descent is a true gem.

While the route shown here turns around at the top of the mountain, if you carry on over the top you'll enter the Pisgah National Forest and can connect over to the Fish Hatchery, and beyond. The only limits to the routes you can begin from Bracken Preserve are your fitness... and your imagination.

Sources: http://www.cityofbrevard.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/Bracken-Preserve-6



Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between February and November


  • Flow
  • Roots
  • Tabletops
  • Rock Gardens

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