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    Looking for new stuff to do in the Ranger district!

    Hey everyone, I've been out to Pisgah a few times now and have established my favorite stuff in the area. My staples are...

    Black Mountain
    Cove Creek
    Butter Gap (when it's open)
    Daniels Ridge
    Farlow Gap (done it twice, scared me both times but still enjoyed myself!)

    I've also done pretty much everything in Dupont.

    What other great trails am I missing?

    I'd like to stay in the same area as I will be camping near the Hatchery with some of my friends who are new to the region. They are experienced enough to pick their way down most trails and should be in good enough shape to climb for quite a while.

    So I know these reccomendation threads come up often but I'd appreciate a little advice! Any help is appreciated.

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    Avery Creek
    Buckwheat Knob
    Bennet Gap (unfortunately you have to poach a small section in the middle this time of year)

    BTW, Butter Gap isn't seasonal. Maybe you are referring to that small section of Cat Gap that comes off Butter Gap.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Ride up Farlow on a road bike. That would be different.
    Friends don let friends ride road bikes.
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    Laurel pilot pilot slate
    Quick drive up the rd

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    Quote Originally Posted by supercusty View Post
    Laurel pilot pilot slate
    Quick drive up the rd
    Good trails but that is in the North Mills area.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supercusty View Post
    Laurel pilot pilot slate
    Quick drive up the rd
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    Looking for new stuff to do in the Ranger district!

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Good trails but that is in the North Mills area.
    South mills actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    South mills actually.
    oops

    I guess but I always enter it through the North Mills Recreation area.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supercusty View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty904 View Post
    Looking for new stuff to do [b]in the Ranger district![b/]
    Just figured I would mention it since you didn't and he specifically asked for the Ranger District. If he does want go up that way, there is also Trace Ridge.

    Rusty, if you do want to drive it opens up a lot more options. Bent Creek is a couple miles further but probably faster to get there than Laurel/Pilot and Trace Ridge. Also a little quicker drive up the road than both and also in Mills River would be Squirrel Gap, Turkey Pen, Catrell and all that stuff.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Looking for new stuff to do in the Ranger district!

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    oops

    I guess but I always enter it through the North Mills Recreation area.
    It could happen to anybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    It could happen to anybody.
    That's what she said.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Looking for new stuff to do in the Ranger district!

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    That's what she said.
    Ouch!!

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    Flat Laurel Creek.

    Summey Cove.
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    what do you mean by "small section in the middle" of Bennet Gap?

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    Re: Looking for new stuff to do in the Ranger district!

    Quote Originally Posted by litespeedchick View Post
    what do you mean by "small section in the middle" of Bennet Gap?
    Coon Tree loop?
    He/she who works the trails does so in their own image.

    Speed just slows me down...

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    Any of you guys still ride Big Creek?

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    Re: Looking for new stuff to do in the Ranger district!

    Both of 'em
    He/she who works the trails does so in their own image.

    Speed just slows me down...

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    Looking for new stuff to do in the Ranger district!

    Quote Originally Posted by jpk1080 View Post
    Any of you guys still ride Big Creek?
    Yes.

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    I REALLY like squirrel gap, especially the section between the Turkey Pen parking and Horse cove... it can be accessed from the ranger district. I am horrible with names, but I'm pretty sure you can figure out a good 20 somethin mile loop from the ranger station with a map.
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    This thread cracks me up. Bent Creek, Mills River, Turkey Pen, Flat Laurel, - it's all the Pisgah Ranger District. I would call the trails the OP listed as being the Davidson River/ Fish Hatchery section of the Pisgah Ranger District.
    So, OP- buy a Pisgah Map company map of Pisgah Ranger District. There is no bad trail open to bikes on it. Every single one is worth checking it out.

    There- new options!

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    Re: Looking for new stuff to do in the Ranger district!

    You could go cayoneering with Pura Vida Adventures... that's new.
    He/she who works the trails does so in their own image.

    Speed just slows me down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bfluid View Post
    You could go cayoneering with Pura Vida Adventures... that's new.
    Hardly new. But a whole lot of fun

    Mike B's advice is really good. There are +/- 70 trails open to mountain bikes in the PRD. Go out and ride them all. The Pisgah Map Co. map is good but you'll need the Nat. Geo 780 to find Foster Creek.
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    Foster Creek also named Foster Field in the USFS geographic database based on most recent GPS data. It is officially FS trail number 610, is a 1.59 mile loop that is open to bikes. I could not find the trail listed in the table of the Nat Geo 780.

    It is a loop isolated from the rest of other trails in Pisgah and is difficult to access by roads which do not connect to any other roads that provide access to mtb trails in S Pisgah Ranger District.

    Omitting this trail was an oversight by Pisgah Map Company. We hope you are still satisfied when using our maps of S Pisgah Ranger District, Dupont State Recreation Forest and, the soon to be released map of the Grandfather District of Pisgah NF.
    Last edited by jack22; 08-12-2013 at 10:09 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jack22 View Post
    Foster Creek also named Foster Field in the USFS geographic database based on most recent GPS data. It is officially FS trail number 610, is a 1.59 mile loop that is open to bikes. I could not find the trail listed in the table of the Nat Geo 780.

    It is a loop isolated from the rest of other trails in Pisgah and is difficult to access by roads which do not connect to any other roads that provide access to mtb trails in S Pisgah Ranger District.

    Omitting this trail was an oversight by Pisgah Map Company. We hope you are still satisfied when using our maps of S Pisgah Ranger District, Dupont State Recreation Forest and, the soon to be released map of the Grandfather District of Pisgah NF.
    Foster Creek is an unique trail in an unique part of the forest. It is short and is a great true beginner trail. There are also several forest roads in the area that provide loop options. Some of those roads look a whole lot like trails. The whole area is also part of the Brushy Ridge logging project and is going to be changing radically soon . So, if you want to ride it you should do it soon. Foster Creek is clearly listed on my Nat Geo 780's (grid J9 on my 2009 revision)

    I wasn't trying to knock your map, just pointing out that someone looking to ride all the mtb trails in the District would need more than just one map to find them all. Maps are good things but none are perfect. I consult many different ones before heading out into the woods
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    Quote Originally Posted by jack22 View Post
    Foster Creek also named Foster Field in the USFS geographic database based on most recent GPS data.
    Yup, I'm seeing that too. Looks like they haven't updated their web site yet, though:
    National Forests in North Carolina - Foster Creek Trail #610

    I'm sticking with Foster Creek for now.
    Foster Creek Trail on MTB WNC

    Ride it now before they bulldoze it back into a road!

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