Before getting Chris settled in Boston for the year, we took a little road trip to North Carolina to check out the mountain biking around Asheville. From there, we headed to George Hincapie’s Hotel Domestique in South Carolina for some unbelievable road riding. For our mountain bike excursion, Chris found us a sweet little cabin outside Asheville, which was the perfect place for our daily explorations to begin.
The initial day we took a recommendation from the fantastic bike shop Sycamore Cycles in Brevard (where we rented our Yeti’s) to zip around the Bracken trail system which is located directly beside the beautiful Brevard Music Center. This single track trail climbs and does a loop back to the parking lot. The trail is super flowy and very ride-able. It does include consistent climbing to the turn around point but it’s worth every second for the ride down to the lot. The loop took us a couple hours and makes for a great evening ride. It’s definitely worth riding if you’re in the area.
The second day we headed out to the Dupont trail system outside Asheville. We were able to get a couple of hours riding on mostly single track. The trails are pretty easy but fun. That afternoon Chris rode Pisgah which includes more technical trails in the area. He described the climb up the gravel road as a “slog” but that the downhill was fun and a bit more technical than the other trails in the area. Comparable to old school Rocky Mountain trails.
On our third and final day, we rode the trails at Bent Creek. We easily found about 30 kms of mostly single track and were surprised how quiet the trails were considering they are practically in Asheville. The trails were beautiful and very accessible. We were able to find plenty of climbing so a quick dip in the lake was a great end to the ride!
The only regret we have is that we didn’t make it out to the Tsali trails. We’ll definitely make that a priority for our next visit.
If you’re headed cycling in this area, there are a couple of must do’s. Asheville is a great place for exploring and the best eats we had were at Nine Mile. The food and the atmosphere are amazing. Don’t miss a chance to eat there!
Also, there is a great little cafe in Brevard at Sycamore Cycles. Their Nutella smoothies are to die for.
If you’re looking to cool down, a dip in Looking Glass Waterfall is the place to do it!