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Coleman Boundary

Average Rating:    (4.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Gravel FR 74 itself is a great ride all the way out to Douglas Falls, and the singletrack coming off of it (Staire Creek, Walker Creek, and Bear Pen)is steep, rocky, and techincal. Located in a very scenic, rarely travelled area! Check out my web site link for all the detailed info about Coleman Boundary.
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Latitude
35.77008901746278
Longitude
-82.36154079437256
Trail Directions
From Asheville, take US 19-23 North to the Flat Creek exit. Turn right; follow NC 191 east to Barndardsville, then turn right onto Dillingham Road. Follow this to the Pisgah National Forest; this is the Coleman Boundary. The road becomes gravel FR 74. Park at the picnic area.
Trail Length
9 miles plus many more of singletrack
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Barnardsville
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Steve ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Awesome trail! Rode from the picnic grounds to Laurel down Bear pen and Staire creek. The total trip is around 14 miles. It is a nice climb up. You gain a little over 2000ft. The up hill is slow and steady while the down hill is fast and furious. I am not an extreme downhiller but thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kitsuma, Laurel mountain, Spenser's Gap



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Review Date
September 5, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: samiller71 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Begins as a fairly steep 2 mile climb up a gravel road (FR 74) to Corner Rock. Gravel road turns to the right/South and somewhat levels out all the way to the Douglas Falls parking area. The return on the Laurel Gap trail is very nice and smooth but very overgrown in the summer. Its junction with Bear Pen is only indicated with a ribbon on the left, no sign. Laurel Gap trail continues northward back to Corner Rock at the gravel FR 74 road for a nice, far less technical loop. If you enjoy a rocky down hill, take Bear Pen back to the gravel road/Staire Creek junction. Staire Creek trail is **insanely** steep and technical with rocks, roots, and erosion galore. Far worse than Kitsuma could ever be. I dont see how any rider on bike or horse can go down this trail and live to tell the tale. If it can be done, Id love to see photos of the death defying feat.

Recommended Route:
Start at picnic area and take FR 74 up to Douglas Falls. Return on Staire Creek, Walker Branch, or Laurel Gap.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
This area is very remote yet quite close to the BR Pkwy/Craggy Gardens.



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Review Date
August 7, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Puff , from Oak Hill, NC

Summary:
FR 74 lives up to its billing. What a beeeeeauuuutiful forest. Staire Creek was FUN but too short. What is up with the stinging nettles? I couldn't complete the Bear Pen loop. Maybe I was in the wrong place.

Recommended Route:
We tried to do it as described above.



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Review Date
November 28, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Scott , from Asheville

Summary:
This ride takes place in a pretty remote area. You will likely not see another mountain biker. Make sure you bring all needed tools. The climb up the gravel road is long, but very scenic. The single track portion is all downhill!!! Very rocky and steep in some sections. It came be dangerous when the leaves have fallen because they hide the rocks. This is really a pretty area and worth the trip. P.S If you are into rock climbing there is a great spot just up the gravel road a few miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bent creek.



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Review Date
June 2, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Evan , from Creson

Summary:
For the full experience take the Grand Tour (16 mi.)starting out at 6 pm during the week by yourself...an awesome spiritual journey.

Recommended Route:
...as suggested

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kitsumee, Clawhammer, Flat Laurel



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