My buddy and I drove down from Michigan for five days of mountain biking in Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest during the first week of March, 2011.
We read some reviews of Pisgah and it sounded outstanding--and we were certainly pleased with what we found! Tons of waterfalls, wooden bridges over creeks/rivers, lots of downhill, aggressive uphills, and miles and miles of singletrack.
Our first stop when arriving was The Hub, a great bike store with SIX BEERS ON TAP--a mountain biker's paradise! The guys at The Hub helped with trail and route suggestions and gave us recommendations around town--including The Square Root--a great place for dinner and cool, local beers. We stayed at the Hampton Inn Brevard, a 2-minute ride to The Hub, and the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. The Hampton price was very reasonable. There's no restaurant or beer there, and the pool is outdoors, but if you're there to shred some mountain bike trails, those things are secondary (to us, anyhow).
We ended up riding up to Black Mountain and took the nice multi-mile downhill (called Black Mountain Trail), as well as the Squirrel, and some other trails throughout the area. The map we purchased (National Geographic covering Pisgah) left a lot to be desired, but the guys at The Hub helped point us where to go and gave us the heads up on finding the trailheads. Dupont State Forest was a short car ride, maybe 15 minutes and was a really cool set of two-track and single track with covered bridges, some slickrock, and lots of quick, fun hills to enjoy. We really had a great time bombing down "Ridgetrail" at full-speed. It's a fun, flowy singletrack with high banking turns and a propensity to make us grin ear-to-ear.
After riding each day, we stopped back at The Hub where they let us hose off our bikes and we enjoyed quite a number of pints :-) It was like hanging out in your buddies garage talking about mountain biking, trails and life while enjoying some great beer. We really enjoyed talking with the guys at The Hub and thoroughly enjoyed meeting them as well as the owner's neighbor, wife and young son. They were really friendly people and they made every effort to welcome us. It was our pleasure to spend some time (and some bucks) at The Hub.
I'd definitely recommend Pisgah as a destination ride. Some of the trails are closed during the Spring through Fall as the trails are shared with hikers and you don't want to be bombing down a singletrack at 20 miles an hour and run down some poor group of hikers. That aside, you can find plenty of trails to ride and plenty of opportunities to walk your bike. Several sections of the trail were unridable for us--we're "pretty capable riders" but some of these trails were just plain gnarley and far to fugly for us to conquer. That said, those trails were definitely in the minority and we truly enjoyed the area. Highly Recommended!
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