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    Best Route for hitting Bennet Gap?

    Hi all, I am looking for route suggestions for riding Bennet Gap (not shuttling). I was thinking parking at the horse stables--> Avery Creek --> Buckwheat knob --> then down Bennet. Is this the best route if I'm looking to ride 2-3 hours or so? Any other suggestions for different routes or add-ons?

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    Best Route for hitting Bennet Gap?

    We'll, sort of...I wouldn't go up Avery the whole way; that's just silly and you'll get in the way of people coming down who are actually enjoying themselves. You'd be better to start on Avery, then get on Buckhorn Gap to Clawhammer, all the way up to said gap, then up/over on Black mtn to connect with Buckwheat Knob.

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    Best Route for hitting Bennet Gap?

    Or up club and down buckwheat.

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    Best Route for hitting Bennet Gap?

    Right...gonna take a while to get around to the backside of Rich Mtn from the stables, however.

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    Best Route for hitting Bennet Gap?

    Hah! Straight up the road, straight up the road, pass Bennett on your left.😁

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    Best Route for hitting Bennet Gap?

    True enough. Forgot about that road.

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    A good three hour ride that includes Bennett Gap for me is:
    --Park at one of the White Pines CG pullouts
    --Go up Avery Creek Road (away from 276) to the horse stables
    --At the stables go right and up up up Clawhammer Road to Buckhorn Gap
    --Take a left (up the crude stairs and west-ish) on Black Mountain
    --At the intersection (Club Gap) of Black Mountain/Buckwheat/Avery/Club Cap take a right on Club Gap (this downhill will warm you up for Bennett)
    --Club Gap will flush you out back on Avery Creek Road, go left on ACR
    --When ACR tops out continue for a few hundred feet and Bennett Gap will be on your right.
    --Bennett will end on ACR, and a right will take you back to White Pines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pisgahrider View Post
    --At the intersection (Club Gap) of Black Mountain/Buckwheat/Avery/Club Cap take a right on Club Gap (this downhill will warm you up for Bennett)
    --Club Gap will flush you out back on Avery Creek Road, go left on ACR
    Club is fun, but Buckwheat is a better downhill warm-up for Bennet.... especially towards the end.
    many gears, some pies

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    Thanks for all the suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridn29s View Post
    Club is fun, but Buckwheat is a better downhill warm-up for Bennet.... especially towards the end.
    Yep, Buckwheat is a great variation to this ride.

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    Best Route for hitting Bennet Gap?

    Did this loop yesterday. I'd forgotten how much up there is to it - Clawhammer, Rich mtn, Buckwheat Knob, and that's no small knob. Throw in Grassy and Sycamore for a warm down and that's a great Christmas Eve.

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