This is the closest trail head to town in Pisgah National Forest. It is frequented by locals who want to squeeze in a lunch time fix. Not overly technical, Sycamore weaves in and out of the coves above US 276 and this southern facing benchcut is in sunlight nearly all day. You can run this loop clockwise or counter clockwise, either way is good. Counter clockwise will have you start with a moderately steep climb, and once you get to the top it rolls up and down until the decent. It's a good run to take the dog on.
From town, turn into the main entrance of Pisgah National Forest, drive about two hundred yards and you will see the trailhead for Sycamore Cove (#143) on your right near some electrical junction boxes. You can park immediately across the road for this one. To run it counter clockwise, cross the road and head straight up the trail, following it until it heads downhill again after about 25 minutes of nice bench cut singletrack. You will come to an intersection, head left to continue back down the hill on Sycamore trail. After a nice descent that's not too steep, you'll find yourself at the intersection of Sycamore and Strearns Branch. Make a left to stay on Sycamore, it will cross the creek and climb back out before descending to the pavement. Your car will be parked to the left about 50 yards down the road.