Bennett Gap is one of our seasonal trails, open from October 15 - April 15. Pisgah National Forest is the most used national forest in the country, and the rangers try and limit user conflict on this popular downhill. Easily shuttled, Bennett is one of the fastest downhills around, with a little bit of everything for everyone. An easy gravel climb, great views, technical rock drops and high speeds make this trail a wonderful quick ride not far from the forest entrance. The trail runs a straight line along a ridge for most of it, and towards the bottom dips into a sidecut on the north slope of the ridge before popping back out onto the road. Watch out for hikers, and please don't ride this trail out of season.
From the main Pisgah entrance, drive to the first gravel road on your right (FS 477). There is a clear sign for the Pisgah Horse Stables, so be cautious of horses on the road. Bennett Gap trail is not horse legal, but they are allowed on all the FS roads. Park anywhere you can soon after turning on to the gravel. Pedal up the gravel road for about 45 minutes until you crest the ridge. You will pass the bottom of the trail just before a bridge, so remember where you parked. At the top on your left you will see a gate, and the sign for Bennett Gap trail. Go through the gate and stay on the main trail. After a few descents and a few climbs along the ridge, you will come to a saddle with an intersection. From here, stay on Bennett Gap, to the left. The trail becomes narrow benchcut from here and takes you back to the gravel road where you parked.