Guidebook

Gnar-Free Brevard: 3 Flowy MTB Trails for Beginners

Want to soak in the grandeur of Western North Carolina's majestic mountains, but don't want to risk life and limb in the process? Check out these three easy trails near Brevard, NC.

Description

Western North Carolina—and Brevard in particular—attracts riders from across the continent yearning to ride its brutally-technical fall line trails. But what if you want to visit this fabulous mountain bike destination without risking life and limb in the process? Well, I have the perfect selection of trails for you!

The three trails listed in this guidebook all provide superb singletrack mountain biking, but they forgo the constant barrage of roots, rocks, drops, and washouts in favor of well-maintained, flowy singletrack.

While closer to Asheville than it is to Brevard, the Bent Creek Beginner Loop is hands-down the easiest trail on this list. Up next, the Ridgeline flow trail may be the most fun you can have on a beginner trail! Finally, Bracken Preserve offers up steep Pisgah-style climbing and descending, but on singletrack that stays quite smooth and flowy.

Bent Creek Beginner Loop
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Bent Creek Beginner Loop

Asheville
10.0 km
218 m
218 m
A flat, flowy, beginner-friendly loop in Asheville's most popular trail system
Easy
Private
Ridgeline Trail

Ridgeline Trail

Brevard
7.7 km
199 m
199 m
The Ridgeline Flow Trail is now one of the most renowned flow trails in the country.
Moderate
Private
Bracken Preserve

Bracken Preserve

Brevard
11.7 km
409 m
409 m
Flowy but steep singletrack rideable from downtown Brevard.
Difficult
Private