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Green''s Lick

Average Rating:    (4.64 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

A 2 mile downhill roller coaster in Bent Creek that reminds me of a tamer version of Kitsuma. MANY opportunities to catch some air...and fly off the hillside...lol. This is a fairly new trail that has yet to appear on the official Bent Creek trail map. Upper section is red clay and could be a mess in wet weather. Not many obstacles on trail, just steep and fast. Check your brakes before riding this. Trail ends at the Sidehill trail near Laurel Branch.
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Latitude
35.48420879724252
Longitude
-82.62892484664917
Trail Directions
Take Interstate 26 to Exit 33/Blue Ridge Pkwy in southwestern Asheville. Take Route 191 south and follow signs for Lake Powhatan/Bent Creek. Park at trailhead for Forest Road 491. Ride out on 491 UP UP UP to Ingles Field Gap. At gap, bear right and continue along the North Boundary trail to the junction with Green's Lick trail on left.
Trail Length
2 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Asheville
State/Territory/Province
NC
Zip/Postal Code
28704
Country
USA
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Review Date
October 5, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: tomc ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is one of the best trails around here, for a variety of reasons. Like most of the good trails in Pisgah, getting to Green's is not easy, but unlike Kitsuma, Trace Ridge, & other area benchmark trails, Green's has more options for access, which helps reduce the boredom quotient (see below under recommended routes). Aside from the access issue it is a very enjoyable flowing downhill run of about 2 miles and when combined with Lower Sidehill to get from Laurel Branch Rd. to Boyd's Branch Rd, and then the Deer Lake Lodge trail to get from Ledford parking area to Rice Pinnacle parking, the downhill fun just continues. Better than Kitsuma for what it's worth.

Recommended Route:
Shortest loop (8.5 miles). Park at Boyd's Branch Rd. roadhead or singletrack (my preference) up to Ingles Field Connector, then up the Connector (some hard climbing) to Ingles Field Trail and left (more and harder yet climbing) on Ingles to 5 Points. From there on North Boundary Rd (sign # 485) 1.2 miles at gradual continuous uphill to top of Green's. Drop on down
Harder loop (11.5 miles) from Rice Pinnacle parking up Rice Pinnacle Rd 1.2M then left at road junction with Ledford Branch Rd, .7M further then right at Ingles Field Trail (hardest way up to 5 Points)or continue on Ledford to Boyd's & right to the Connector (a bit easier)
Or up Wolfs Branch or up the North boundary line trail or other variants as you find them.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kitsuma, Trace Ridge, Dupont- Cedar Rock and Burning Mountain combination



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Review Date
April 27, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: erikrc10 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I ride this trail probably more than anything else. It's "craziest" trail you are going to find in Bent Creek. The climb is on the mild side IMO, especially since half of it has been turned into a fire road. It use to be much more difficult. The downhill is very fast with lots of jumps (which can just be rolled over if chosen) and banks. I would definitely not recommend it if it's your first ride but if you are looking for something like what is out in Pisgah but don't want to drive 45 minutes, this will probably satisfy your needs. Most everything in Bent Creek has gotten pretty boring but I still get tons of enjoyment out of Greenslick. Every run I go a bit faster and get a bit more air off the jumps. I would definitely recommend this trail, it's a step up and a nice change from the bunny slopes that you tend to find else where in Bent Creek.

Undeniably the most fun trail you are going to find in Asheville without driving 45 minutes.

For a side note: My ratings of 3 and 3 are comparing it to other trails not in Bent Creek. For a Bent Creek trail I would rate it both a 5 for aerobic difficulty and technical difficulty. Just keep that in mind. Regardless though it gets an overall of 5 stars for pure enjoyment.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lower Sidehill and Sleepy Gap are a couple of my other favorites in Bent Creek. Though, for a some crazy DH you'll want to head out to North Mills river or out to Pisgah. Dupont is really fun as well, basically it's hard to go wrong in WNC if you are wanting to mtn biking.



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erikrc10 (04/27/2011)
Oops, didn't mean to put myself as a downhiller, though I do love the downhill I am no where near that skilled... I guess I would qualify myself as a weekend warrior.
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Review Date
April 19, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: plantme777 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We rode this Saturday (4/16) morning during a torrential downpour. I know...I know...bad stewards, but it was our only chance to ride before we left town. We ascended Boyds Branch up to a fire road, and this was a very tough way to get up to the ridge. Judging from the briars overgrowing the trail I would say it was very much the wrong way to get up to the ridge. (There were a few times that we were off the bike, and when we were on the bike it was very steep.) Once we hit fire roads the climb was not bad at all, just steady. The clouds broke up a bit about the time we got to Greens Lick entrance, and some strong sun shone through while it continued to pour rain. It was BEAUTIFUL...

We dropped into Greens Lick and were very happy about what we found. this trail was spectacular on the crappiest of weather days. It was like riding on ball bearings, but was made very much doable by the berms and trail contours. We flew down completely terrified, drifting off the jumps for what felt like seconds at a time. Neither of us could control the ridiculous open mouthed smiles on our faces, even though mud was flying in our mouths. It was one of the most fun rides I have ever had and at the bottom as my friend careened off the trail and into a full creek we laughed uncontrollably, completely surprised by how this ride had turned out. GREAT TRAIL!



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Review Date
September 19, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: harmonf ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Love this trail so much we make trips from FL just for you. This latest time we make a video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3Q2QQ1sZGo



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Review Date
June 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: BurnNotice ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Ride to the top has some great climbs that will certainly get your legs to burning. Very steep at times but manageable. I had to walk a few sections but that is okay. The ride down was one where you really did not have to spin if you did not want to. But if you want speed then pedal like a gerbil on a exercise wheel! The decent was incredible with some great bankings and burms where some serious air can be had for the adventurous. You are constantly battling the trail whether roots or rocks but afterall, that is what mtb is about. When you finish you know you rode downhill. The trail is not too technical but is lightning fast and a body beater for sure.

Recommended Route:
Get a map which is sold at all lbs.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ingles Field Gap only other trail I have been on.



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