Avery Creek

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Avery Creek is one of the more popular downhills in Pisgah. It's natural terrain is favored by many mountain bikers.

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Park Baker

Destination Distance From Downtown

5.1 miles

Difficulty

4 of 5 diamonds

4

Time To Complete

3 hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

Not Recommended

Fees Permits

None

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Review

Avery Creek is one of the more popular downhills in Pisgah. It's natural terrain is favored by many mountain bikers as opposed to the machine cut style trail that we are currently seeing more and more of. Exposed rock gardens are tough to navigate and coming into them with speed is a real challenge. The trailhead is in a gap off the ridge far above, with a couple of good downhills and technical climbs ahead of it. 
From town, drive to the main Pisgah entrance, and make a right onto FS 477. You will see signs for the Pisgah Horse Stables; follow them to the parking lot. Your ride will start here, as you make your way through the gate and up Clawhammer Cove Rd (FS 5058). This climb is about an hour and half long at a social pace. There a few turns off of this main trail, but stay straight until you reach the top. 
At the end of your climb, you will be at Buckhorn Gap, where Black Mountain trail (#127) crosses. After you catch your breath, turn left up the steps on to Black Mountain trail. You will continue climbing past Buckhorn Shelter on your right, and eventually you will crest the ridge with great views to your left. The trail will stay on the ridge from here until you reach the top of Avery Creek, where you'll see it on your left after a few up and downs. The last downhill all the way to the trailhead at Avery Creek is really fast with tons of loose rocks.
When you reach the bottom of Avery Creek, stay straight until you reach the gravel, FS 477. From here, head down the hill and you will see the familiar Pisgah Horse Stables on your left. 

Location

Avery Creek

Pisgah National Forest
Brevard, NC, 28712
35.308226, -82.74506

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