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    Vacation trail suggestions needed...

    Renting a cabin for Labor Day weekend in Hendersonville, looking for some trails to ride for my bro in law and I. I have read a few of the threads, assuming that Bent Creek is this list.

    Anything is appreciated, especially beer suggestions too, as I am a beer snob, looking forward to the beer as much as the trails! Thanks in advance.

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    Depends on what you like like.

    I live in Hendersonville and from my house Bent Creek is 21 miles.
    DuPont is 14 miles
    Pisgah depends on where in Pisgah you want to go but about 15 to ??? miles.

    Where in Hendersonville are you staying? It isn't a big city but it is spread out.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Not really sure, just a bit outside of the city. All I know is it is near a horse farm, clearly I didn't plan this trip!
    As for trails, as long as its single track, I am happy. Tech stuff? Great. Awesome flow? Even better. My bro in law and I are both more XC based if that helps narrow it down. I know absolutely nothing about the area trails, so thanks for dropping a few I can look into!

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    Bent Creek and/or DuPont you will be fine and have a blast at either place.
    Both are full of single track and great trails.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backcountryeti View Post
    Awesome flow? Even better. My bro in law and I are both more XC based if that helps narrow it down.
    You want Dupont, with a side of Bent Creek for something different.

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    Vacation trail suggestions needed...

    Hendersonville is essentially a hub. If youre downtown you can almost make it to bc, DuPont and pisgah in equal time, give or take here and there. If you have time plan a day for each. Bc is easily done in a day + beer after. Pisgah is a full day of good riding, awesome single track, almost everything thigh you can get crazy too, however you'll make it far though wont cover all. DuPont is epicness or has the potential to be. Awesome scenery, good trails, nice rivers and waterfalls too and can stop at oskar blues on your way out. Bc is 11 miles from my driveway, I'm a little biased as I love the place, it loves me too deep down.

    If you can, hit em all.

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    Awesome! Thanks guys. I am pretty pumped for this trip, different scenery from Ohio will be nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leadfoot321 View Post
    You want Dupont, with a side of Bent Creek for something different.
    This, and the best advice anyone can give is BUY A MAP!!!
    Pisgah Area SORBA

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    ... your idea of technical may be much different than other peoples idea of technical.

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    Looking into maps now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by backcountryeti View Post
    Looking into maps now!
    Almost any LBS in the area will have the "good" maps...

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    Pisgah Area SORBA

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    ... your idea of technical may be much different than other peoples idea of technical.

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    Thanks for the link. What is the best trailhead to get started?

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    Vacation trail suggestions needed...

    Hit up bent creek first and stop by bike street usa a mile down the road from the entrance, currently Carolina fatz. They have a bc, DuPont and pisgah map for $9 and hella great people there as well if anything was ever needed.

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    Highly recommend the Western North Carolina Trail Guide maps.
    They are found at any bike shop and water proof (or at least resistant).
    Great maps, and easy to follow. They have one for DuPont and one for Pisgah/Bent Creek.
    Will run you about $15 ea but well worth the money so don't cheap out.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backcountryeti View Post
    Thanks for the link. What is the best trailhead to get started?
    That depends on what trails you want to hit.

    When I do DuPont, I usually start at Lake Imaging because I find coming down Ridgeline is the best way to end a good ride. Kind of the cherry on the sundae.

    Bent Creek often meet at Rice Pinnacle because that is where the group meets.
    However, Bent Creek matters very little where you park.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Beer. Too many to choose from but here are some of my favorites.
    Asheville Brewing Co. - Rolands ESB, Ninja Porter, and Shiva IPA
    Greenman Brewery - ESB and Porter
    French Broad Brewery - 13 Rebels ESB and WeeHeavy-er Scotch Ale
    Wedge Brewery - Iron Rail IPA
    Wicked Weed - haven't had a chance to go there myself but have heard really good things.

    I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting but like I said with so many choices of quality local breweries it's hard to go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Highly recommend the Western North Carolina Trail Guide maps.
    They are found at any bike shop and water proof (or at least resistant).
    Great maps, and easy to follow. They have one for DuPont and one for Pisgah/Bent Creek.
    Will run you about $15 ea but well worth the money so don't cheap out.
    Carolina fatz has the 3in1 waterproof map of all 3 places for $10. Hard to beat.

    Wicked weed is amazing along with any beer, especially any saison. Any and every pale ale or ipa melts the the heart as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilgrimm View Post
    Carolina fatz has the 3in1 waterproof map of all 3 places for $10. Hard to beat.
    Have not seen the 3in1 but having all 3 in 1 and price does not make it "hard to beat".
    Maybe the extra money is money well spent, maybe it isn't.
    Have you compared the two personally or do you just like the 3 in 1?

    If I ever see it, maybe I will buy it and compare.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Beer...
    Asheville Brewing, Wicked Weed, Green Man, Burial, and Hi-Wire are all within walking/staggering/crawling distance of each other.
    Pisgah Area SORBA

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    ... your idea of technical may be much different than other peoples idea of technical.

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    In Hendersonville since you are staying there, we have Southern Appalachian Brewery. Very good beer and usually live music.

    Southern Appalachian Brewery
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    You guys are all amazing people. Thanks for the input!

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    Once again, thanks all for the suggestions! Had a great time riding around the area. We hit up Bent Creek on day one, then DuPont on day two. Thank kjlued for the Ridgeline trail suggestion, as it was a blast.

    Had some great beers too, Asheville Brew's Ninja Porter, Appalchian's Copperhead ale, French Broad's Gateway, Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout, and for the wife New Belgian's Pumkick, since there is no New Belgium products in Ohio.

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    New Belgium is soon to be local so you were just ahead of the game.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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