The Pisgah 73
The something new thread got me to thinking about the all the trails in the Pisgah Ranger District that are designated for mountain bike use. I know I'm not the only one who has made it a point to ride them all and won't be the last. Other user groups have certain challenges like the Pisgah 400 and I propose a Pisgah 71 MTB challenge to ride all the sections of trail in the PRD that are open to mountain bikes. Unofficial, and just for personal fun, of course. You don't get a patch or anything (unless someone wants to make one).
Here is the list:
1 101 Ivestor Gap sectional
2 102 Big Creek sectional
3 103 Buckhorn Gap
4 105 Daniel Ridge Loop
5 106 Farlow Gap Trail
6 110 Laurel Mtn. Connector
7 115 Riverside
8 118 Pink Beds Loop sectional & seasonal
9 118A Pink Beds Connector seasonal
10 120 Cat Gap Loop seasonal
11 121 Laurel Mountain sectional
12 122 Buckwheat Knob
13 123 Butter Gap
14 127 Black Mountain
15 133 South Mills River
16 135 North Boundary
17 136 Little Hickory Top
18 137A Lower Sidehill
19 138 Bennett Gap seasonal section
20 139 Greenslick
21 143 Sycamore Cove Loop
22 144 Coontree Loop sectional & seasonal
23 145 Sidehill
24 145A Sidehill Connector
25 147 Squirrel Gap
26 148 Cantrell Creek
27 150 Ingles Field Gap
28 320 Pilot Cove - Slate Rock
29 320A Pilot Cove Loop
30 321 Pilot Rock sectional
31 322 Turkey Pen Gap
32 324 Vineyard Gap
33 325 Horse Cove Gap
34 326 Mullinax
35 327 Avery Creek
36 328 Bear Branch
37 329 Campground Connector
38 333 Homestead sectional
39 334 Small Creek
40 335 Deerfield Loop
41 336 Pine Tree Loop
42 337 Explorer Loop Trail
43 337A Explorer Loop Connector
44 339 Sleepy Gap sectional
45 340 Cove Creek
46 341 Cemetery Loop
47 343 Club Gap
48 346 Flat Laurel Creek
49 348 Laurel Creek
50 350 Fletcher Creek Trail
51 351 Bradley Creek
52 352 Middle Fork
53 353 North Mills River
54 354 Trace Ridge sectional
55 356 Graveyard Ridge sectional
56 359 North Slope seasonal
57 361 Caney Bottom sectional
58 364 Grassy Road Trail
59 600 Spencer Gap
60 603 Thrift Cove Loop
61 606 Wash Creek
62 610 Foster Creek
63 611 Yellow Gap
64 650 Davidson River Trail
65 660 Ledford
66 661 Hardtimes Connector
67 664 Deer Lake Lodge
68 665 Boyd Branch
69 666 Wolf Branch
71 Starnes Branch sectional
72 116 Long Branch
73 129 Summey Cove
Sectional means that only sections of the trail are open to mountain bikes. Seasonal means the trail is only open to bikes from 10/15 to 4/15.
I don't have the trail numbers for Estatoe or Starnes Branch. If anyone sees any omissions or errors please share them. Anyone have accurate total mtb mileage?
Who has done them all?
Last edited by driftwood; 08-17-2013 at 06:02 AM.
Reason: forgot two trails!
OK, you got me with: Small Creek, Foster Creek, Eastatoe and Starnes Branch. Where are they?
Small Creek is in Bent Creek.
Originally Posted by litespeedchick
Foster Creek off North Mills River Rd. (see the something new thread for more info)
Estatoe goes from hwy280/64 to the Art Loeb.
Starnes Branch goes from Black Mtn. to Thrift Cove (used to be signed "Mtns to Sea Alt" there) and from Thrift Cove to Sycamore Cove (used to be signed "To Sycamore Cove"). Only the Sycamore Cove section is open to bikes.
I completed this "challenge" in 97-98, the first year I moved here. Whatever was on the map, I made a point to do. I'd have to dig out one of those older maps, there are probably some differences- Perry Cove, for example.
This is really good way to check everything out and get a feel for the woods. I also still very much appreciate the perspective of what the trails looked like then compared to now.
What about a jerzee or t-shirt?
Maybe a beer glass?
Just stick it in granny and start grinding.
Whew - I saw the title of this thread and thought it was some new torture fest race that Eric or Todd had come up with..
thanks! Come to think of it, I noticed there was a name change to that lower part of sycamore last week, it just didn't ring a bell. I'll also go out on a limb and say if it's in Bent Creek I've ridden Small Creek. And yeah, I've done Eastatoe and am always shocked they opened it to bikes.
Originally Posted by driftwood
But I think you have me on Foster Creek. Years ago we used to ride something that came off the road from North Mills up to the Trace Ridge lot. It was singletrack, went over a knob, and came down into the fire road above Bear Branch. But I don't think it was Foster based on that map. It might be interesting to try to look for it from that direction, what do you think?
I too completed all the bike trails within a year of first riding here. I was living in Charlotte so it took a little longer than I would have liked but I had the bug bad and every weekend I was making the drive up so I could mark some more trails off the list and see what else the forest had in store for me. The PRD is a wonderfully diverse forest and riding all the bike trails is a great way to sample some of what it has to offer.
I still try and ride every trail at least once a year. Graveyard Ridge is my least ridden trail - not easy to get to at all and always a slog.
I'm sure you have ridden Small Creek.
Originally Posted by litespeedchick
I'm also sure you have not ridden Foster Creek. It is off Foster Creek Rd. (not a forest road) which is just past Pennsylvania on North Mills River Rd. several miles before you reach the North Mills Rec Area. You can connect it to the roads above Bear Branch but it requires a hefty poach through some well used posted private property (don't try it unless you have permission). Next time you are riding out of North Mills stop and check it out on your way in.
Cool, I've got some work to do! I've gotten the major 2/3s... Better get on the rest.
While looking at my map this morning I realized I forgot at least two trails: Long Branch and Summey Cove.
Summey likely won't be around for bike use too much longer but for now it puts the trail count at 73.
I've ridden all but 38,39,62,70 & 71, but I don't feel like I've missed anything.
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