BREVARD, NC

Physical Exertion:  Intermediate+   /   Technical Ability: Advanced

Trip Category: Big Mountain Enduro

 

What to expect in Brevard:  East Coast rowdiness!  Technical descents in Pisgah NF with lots of roots, rocks, and steep sections!

 

Brevard sits in a beautiful valley in western North Carolina, nestled nicely in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Located right between Dupont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest, there’s more riding here than you could cover in weeks, much less a 4-day trip.  The key word when it comes to the riding in Brevard is “rowdy”, as we’re focusing all our energy on getting the best of Pisgah NF on this trip.

In Pisgah National Forest, just a few minutes north of town, you’ll see what east coast technical riding is all about: from the uber-tech trails like Black Mountain and Bennett Gap to the intermediate-level stuff like Daniel Ridge and Sycamore Cove.  The climbs are typically on steady logging roads with a bit of steep singletrack mixed in, and the descents are long, rooty, rocky and damn fun. This is our favorite place to ride east of the Rockies; join us, and you’ll see why.

 

By partnering with the guides at Red Wolf, we’re able to put together amazing itineraries that most folks can only dream of!  But make sure you bring your A-game, we’ll push you to the limit in Brevard!

 

Airport Options:  Asheville (45 minutes)  –  Charlotte (2 hrs)

“Steve is always thinking about how to improve that customer experience and cater it to the things that will put a smile on your face. I couldn’t be happier or more satisfied quite frankly with my Fall trip to Crested Butte, it was truly outstanding. From the hotel, to the guide, to the trail selection and little extras that made it all such an epic experience. I couldn’t recommend this company more, go big go Epic.”

INTERACTIVE BREVARD TRAIL MAP



WHAT TO EXPECT

Day One: On the first day of our Brevard trip, we’ll meet at the hotel at 1:00pm to get checked in and have everyone introduce themselves.  You’ll have a little time to unpack and gear up before meeting up with our guides to hit the trail.  Unless you have your own personal “feed kit”, there’s no need to worry about any of that since we’ve got you covered with plenty of energy and nutrition from Honey Stinger and Nuun.

 

 Our ride today will be right up the road into Pisgah National Forest for a little “sampler” of what’s to come.  Don’t worry, we’ll take it easy on you today to make sure you’re still pedaling on Day 4, but it’s the perfect intro for what you can expect here in Brevard!  Expect a 10-12 mile loop on Cantrell, Squirrel and Mullinax, before a quick drive back into town for a post-ride beer and catered dinner.

 

Day Two:  Today’s ride is going to be BIG, so make sure you put in the miles leading up to your trip.  Just east of town is Mills River, home of some of the best Pisgah trails we’ve ridden.  Today we’ll link together a “triple loop” combining Trace Ridge, Spencer Gap, Fletcher Creek and a couple other bonuses- the perfect mix of trails if you ask us.  Expect some old school tech on Trace Ridge, along with “new school” man made features on Spencer Gap to give you the perfect Pisgah experience.  Lunch at the trucks halfway through the ride will give you a good chance to refuel and take a break!

Day Three: EPIC ALERT!  Today’s ride will push you beyond your limits, but we promise you’ll thank us afterwards.  Be sure to fuel up with a BIG breakfast that will give you plenty of energy to keep riding beyond what you thought possible.  You’re going to need it.  We hope you brought your technical skills with you, because the best of Pisgah will push you beyond what you thought possible.  We’re not kidding.

 

Today’s ride will include a quick shuttle up one of the many National Forest service roads to knock off some climbing, but don’t be fooled- we’ll still put in some big vertical.  The climbing in Pisgah is typically done on fire roads, and the descents come in the form of super technical, rooty and rocky trails.  Today we’ll combine the tough trails like Bennett Gap, Avery Creek, and Black Mountain – expect some bumps and bruises, even for the best of us.  Expect about 20 miles with a solid 2500-3000 feet of climbing.  After a full day of riding in Pisgah, that post-ride beer will be well-deserved!

Day Four:  Yep, more Pisgah on Day 4… which means a killer tech day on the way out of town!  We’ve got a ton of options for today’s ride so we won’t spoil it, but expect a few hours on trail while knocking out ~12 miles and 2000 feet of climbing/descent.

 

Once we’re finished with this morning’s ride, we’ll head back to our lodging to get everyone checked out.  The trip (sadly) will end by lunch time on the last day, in order to accommodate everyone that has to drive home or catch a flight.  NOTE: This itinerary is for example only, to give customers an idea of what to expect on a standard Chasing Epic trip.  Mileage and actual trail choices may differ due to riding ability, weather and trail conditions.