How could we possibly sum up one of the highest-rated mountain bike trail destinations in the US in one trail (turns out...we can't)???? You could spend a week riding trails here and still have a cheesy grin on your face...with miles left to ride. But if you are looking for "the Pisgah experience" filled with some serious challenges, you have to check these epic routes off your list.
Kitsuma This is a classic must-ride Pisgah loop that features a challenging 12+ switchback climb with a backdrop of Mount Mitchell (the tallest mountain East of the Mississippi) views and an awesome 3 mile descent containing gravity defying water-bars, flowy sections, and some steep rocky areas that are the signature of the Pisgah experience.
Bennett Gap A 3.5 mile gravel road climb from the Horse Stables takes riders to the start of the Bennett Gap #11 downhill. After nearly 3.5 miles of climbing, you'll enjoy your just reward! The descent is technical and fun, and will leave you breathless at the end.
Turkeypen This ride includes some of the more technically challenging terrain in the South Mills River area. It includes all of Squirrel Gap Trail (#147), the infamous hike-a-bike over Black Mountain with spectacular viewpoints, and it finishes with the high-speed technical descent down Turkeypen Gap Trail (#322).
Black Mountain If you're looking for a taste of Pisgah without biting off a full day of extremely technical singletrack, this ride features the Black Mountain trail downhill in its entirety with a tough climb up Clawhammer Road.
Farlow Gap This is probably the best way to access Farlow Gap Trail. A steep climb on gravel roads and doubletrack brings you to the trailhead of Farlow Gap Trail. As everyone knows, this trail is no joke. The rider is subjected to loose rocks, roots, and huge drops on a very steep grade that doesn't let up. After a tough hike-a-bike, the trail mellows out slightly, with fewer drops and loose chunk. After this section you'll find Daniel Ridge Trail that will take you back to the parking lot.