Guidebook

Brevard MTB: Ride the Best North Carolina Gnar

Challenge yourself on Western North Carolina's renowned gnar with these top trails near the MTB mecca of Brevard.

Description

Western North Carolina is renowned for its massive network of gnarly singletrack hidden beneath the towering canopy of a temperate rain forest. While you can find the occasional beginner-friendly trail in this region, the singletrack here has a reputation for breaking both bikes and riders with its unrelenting brutality.

That reputation is well-earned.

You can expect to push your bike while navigating these routes… a lot. Those steep ups lead to steep downs, and when your tires point down the mountain you’ll bash over massive boulders and through rolling babyheads, washed out trenches, exposed root webs, slick sections of mud, deep creek crossings, and so much more. When you do encounter the occasional section of smooth, flowy singletrack, you’ll wonder, “how did this rare gem fall out of the sky and land here of all places?!”

But let’s be honest: the technical descending is indeed the true gem in Brevard. When you arrive home, you will undoubtedly return a more talented, more confident rider than when you left.

Laurel Mountain
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Laurel Mountain

Brevard
28.6 km
1,106 m
1,106 m
Big climbs, big views, technical high-speed descents—Pisgah National Forest at its finest!
Extreme
Private
Dupont State Forest Slickrock
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Dupont State Forest Slickrock

Brevard
11.8 km
377 m
377 m
Experience Dupont's famous slickrock balds in the most efficient way possible.
Severe
Private
Dupont State Forest IMBA Epic Route
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Dupont State Forest IMBA Epic Route

Brevard
57.8 km
1,490 m
1,490 m
This IMBA Epic route through Dupont State Forest is undoubtedly epic in length—not for the faint of heart!
Difficult
Private
Black Mountain Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Black Mountain Loop

Brevard
20.1 km
791 m
791 m
The Black Mountain Trail defines mountain biking in Pisgah National Forest—gnarly, steep, and tons of fun!
Severe
Private
Trace Ridge -> Spencer Branch -> Middle Fork -> Fletcher Creek

Trace Ridge -> Spencer Branch -> Middle Fork -> Fletcher Creek

Brevard
33.1 km
760 m
760 m
Classic Pisgah at an intermediate level.
Difficult
Private
Squirrel Gap -> Turkey Pen

Squirrel Gap -> Turkey Pen

Brevard
41.0 km
1,553 m
1,553 m
An epic loop featuring some of Pisgah's most remote trails.
Severe
Private
Avery Creek Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Avery Creek Loop

Brevard
11.2 km
498 m
498 m
A fast, chundery descent without the death-defying character of most Pisgah trails.
Severe
Private
Bennett Gap Loop

Bennett Gap Loop

Brevard
10.1 km
430 m
430 m
Bennett Gap is renowned as one of the most technical—and most fun—descents in the Pisgah National Forest.
Extreme
Private
Farlow Gap and Daniel Ridge Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Farlow Gap and Daniel Ridge Loop

Brevard
17.8 km
719 m
719 m
Widely regarded as the most technical, challenging trail in Pisgah National Forest.
Extreme
Private