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“Great Mountain Biking - tough or easy - you can choose!”

Pisgah National Forest
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A park within easy driving distance from Hendersonville that offers hiking, camping and fishing.
Rochester, Michigan
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5 reviews
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“Great Mountain Biking - tough or easy - you can choose!”
Reviewed March 17, 2011

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!

Visited March 2011
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South Florida, Florida
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537 reviews
148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 438 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2010

I love driving through this forest. When you enter from the Brevard side, you quickly hit Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock, both very big attractions in the forest. There are picnic areas, great hiking trails, swimming areas, beautiful trees, streams, waterfalls, birds, and everthing you could hope for in a national forest. What more can I say? Other than I love it!

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North Canton, Ohio
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102 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“Abundant beauty”
Reviewed June 11, 2010

We recently visited the Pisgah National Forest and the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. If you love waterfalls, hiking and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is for you. There is even a natural waterslide within the park. Make sure to allow several days to explore this beautiful area.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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109 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest--well worth the detour!”
Reviewed August 4, 2009

Sliding Rock in the Pisgah National Forest is the perfect natural water slide with a freezing cold pool at the bottom. We drove out of our way just to visit this again. This was my third time through here in the past 30 years and it has changed a lot. They now have lifeguards, a changing station and an admission fee (only $1.00/person though, so well worth it). You can get in line and go down as often as you wish. Also stopped at the nearby Looking Glass Falls which was beautiful.

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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2 reviews
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“Lovely area in the mountains”
Reviewed August 14, 2007

I spent 2 interesting days touring the park and all the different sights available. I was a senior alone and felt very comfortable everywhere I went - even alone on the trails. I recomend this trip to any one. Kids would learn, and enjoy the ranger station and the trout farm as well as the famous sliding rock falls.

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