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Bennet Gap

Average Rating:    (4.42 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

mostly downhill. at the top of the trail there are a couple good rock gardens for people with dh bikes, the rest of the trail is quick with lots of water bars to play around on . Godd DH training trail
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Latitude
35.254167
Longitude
-82.700278
Trail Directions
Start at Horse Stables and ride up FS 477, or take two cars and run shuttle to top of trail. Trailhead is 3 miles up FS 477 from US 276. Trailhead is on left side of road, it is gated and labelled
Trail Length
3 miles if you shuttle, 6 if you loop
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Brevard/Pisgah Forest
   


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Review Date
August 16, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you start from Buckwheat knob it is mostly downhill. That being said, I would not recommend riding this trail unless you have talked to someone who has ridden it recently. It was extremely over grown.....So bad so that I had to go bushhogging around a field of thorns. The last mile or so of downhill is killer with constant water bars. Top part is Super Tech. Hats off to whoever can clean it all. Also there are conflicting reports of if it is open to mountain bikes in the summer. I could not find a sign for Bennett gap off of the fire road but it is just across from where Buckwheat knob comes out on the fire road. The HUB bike shop told me it was a seasonal trail (closed to MTN. BIKERS April 15- Oct. 15) I talked to the ranger station and they said it is open to MTN. I don't know who is right but I rode it none the less.

I only rated this trail low because of the over growth. Other wise a solid 4.

Recommended Route:
Start at club gap and take buckwheat to bennett. You can by pass Buckwheat if you just ride the fire road up to Bennett Gap.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Black MTN. Thrift Cove. Sycamore Cove.



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Review Date
January 16, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: BigWilson ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
SWEET RIDE! IS THAT OLE WYLD WILLY IN THE PICTURE! I THINK SO! YOU DONT NEED FULL SUSPENSION! I RODE IT ON A STEEL FRAME HARDTAIL!

Recommended Route:
DOWN.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
AVERY CREEK



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Review Date
November 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: hauss ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Hey Ya'll,

Yeah, I rode Bennett Gap! No... you don't need a FSR--It helps, for those who are un-smooth.
Yep, everything is definitely rideable; even if you're a XC rider-just got to be smooth. Switchbacks aren't that bad, rock drop is sketchy, however. Watch out for that tree or just bomb through the middle, OH YEAH!!!! My advice: ride with someone who's been here before.

Recommended Route:
Clawhammer road take a right on the first turnoff and ride Black MT. to Buckwheat to Bennett down Pressley Cove. Ride fast and smooth

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Farlow, Butter Gap, Daniel Ridge, fire-roads they are definitely my favorite just any... pick one.



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Review Date
April 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Clark Wilkins , from Penrose, NC, USA

Summary:
First off, this is a SEASONAL TRAIL. It's only open to bikes from October 15-April 15. Respect that and keep it open to us! The trail starts out fairly level and features some nice ridgeline riding with very technical sections. I've not seen anyone clean the left-handed hairpin with big rock steps. Other than a couple of push-up sections starting right after the Perry Cove trailhead, this is very nice, often steep technical singletrack with plenty of sections that have a high regret factor. Riding this trail uphill is NOT recommended. The trail gets incredibly steep between the lower Coontree Loop trailhead and Perry Cove.

Recommended Route:
Shuttle riders: go to top of FS477 and start there. Climbers go up Avery Creek (3.3 miles), down Club Gap and back up 477 to the trail head (7.1 miles total from the horse stables). You can also climb FS477 from the stables (~3.1 miles).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Avery Creek, Black Mountain, Buckhorn Gap, Club Gap, North Slope, Perry Cove, Thrift Cove, Sycamore Loop



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Review Date
December 29, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: jonathan , from brevard

Summary:
This trail is one is made for a No Fear rider! its hard went its dry but you must ride it in the poring rain mud every wear your brakes start sliping in the crazy turns it will get your heart pumping but thats the way i like it I would were a camleback its saved my back more than once.If you have never riding alot of hard core dont plan on riding it you be walking the all the way down or killing your self trying to ride it all the luck on the way down to perry cove were there are some tricky spots rember its a good time to were your cameback it can save your life your life on this trail half way down on the right there is one asome look out so keep stop and take a look !



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