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North Mills River

Average Rating:    (4.82 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

There are about 8-12 good trails in this area. All but a couple are marked with signs/colors. Even if you aren't into serious singletrack riding, you can still enjoy an afternoon here. The "Never Ending Rd." is a very popular route for beginners and those wanting to connect to other remote trails in the area. Approx. 5 miles out it will allow you to turn down Spencer Branch Tr., and another mile out Never Ending Rd. will let you exit off onto Flether Creek Tr., and still another mile out Never Ending Rd. will allow access to Middle Fork Tr. all of which intersect about 1 mile away. Then you have a couple of choices back to the parking lot. Both of these trail choices end up near the old Hendersonville Reservoir. Other trails in the area include the "Brutal" Trace Ridge Trail, Bear Creek, Wash Creek and Big Creek Trails. This is a pretty neat place kind of away from all the hustle of today's busy world .....
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Latitude
35.405002114613595
Longitude
-82.65632629394531
Trail Directions
Hwy. 280 South approx. 2 miles past the Asheville Airport from I-26. Turn right onto N. Mills River Rd. Go about 4 1/2 miles to the Campground. Either park there or turn right and follow FS Road 479 for 3 miles (gravel) to Wash Creek Rd. on the left. Follow it to the end (about 1/2 mi.) to be at Trace Ridge Trail Parking Area.
Trail Length
your choice really 1- 25 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Hendersonville/ Asheville
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Review Date
December 11, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: xbizzy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Crazy awesome! Went on this my 3rd time out ever! Killer up-hill, seems like it just kept going. Take the left at the top and get ready to pucker your butt! Crazy rocks and roots. In the rhodo tunnel watch the stem knob in the middle of the trail, could throw you over. If you are done with it all by then you could turn L at the neverending road and go back to the trail head or take a right for about a mile and cut down Fletcher Crk on the left. Watch your food plots, lots of animals visit these and tread lightly (I plant these things:)) I think its the 3rd food plot down, dont let the animals trails to the water confuse you the trail cuts to the right and off to the woods, not to the beaver pond. Couple H2O crossings on this trail. Come out onto Resevior Rd (take a left to the TH or R to the Res.) and enjoy a nice breather on the way back to the trail head.

Recommended Route:
See above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dupont, Kitsuma,



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Review Date
August 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Killer B ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Since I'm the Original poster of this trail, I feel the need to update it evry so often... Well, today I just got back from riding Never Ending Rd to Spencer Branch to Fletcher Creek (where I had a 200+lb. bear encounter) to Reservoir Road back to Trace Ridge Trailhead parking area. This is a nice place to escape the hastle of today's busy world... That bear ran like a scalded dog when it saw me, so don't let them hender you from trying this place sometime. I really like riding up here & invite fellow mtn. bikers to join in on the fun this area has to offer! Have a great ride!!!!

Recommended Route:
Any in this area are alot of fun

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Trace Ridge, Spencer Gap, Spencer Branch, Fletcher Creek, Middle Fork, Big Creek, Bear Creek, Wash Creek just to name a few....



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Review Date
May 26, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Andrew , from Southern New Jersey

Summary:
Lots of water crosssings, That 7 mile climb to the top, How about the death grip all the way down with the switchbacks. Logs, (wet)rocks, Roots galore. The best ride I've ever done with the hardest climb.

Recommended Route:
The one that the locals guided me on, somewhere above 2,ooo ft.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
DuPont "SlickRock"!



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Review Date
May 2, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Alex , from Tampa, FL

Summary:
Being from Florida I'm used to rock quarries and old mine pits (yeah they have hills and drops - it aint all flat)
No matter where you start in NC, you will climb a mountain. Out of the two trails I rode, I liked Fletcher Creek best. Both trails have killer downhills. I believe my arms were just as tired slamming over rocks on the way down and going down. Downhills easily hit speeds between 20 - 30 mph. Watch out for the mud puddles on Fletcher - they can compare to Florida swamps. Check over your bike before going - we had a chain break and flat on the trails. Eat a good breakfast and bring plenty of water. Skills are needed so I would never recommend these two trails for a family ride (unless you want to get rid of them). There are enough trails to spend a week in Pisgah. This place rocks!

Recommended Route:
For Trace Ridge: (8 1/2 miles, 1200 foot climb) use Trace Ridge trail; Spencer Branch trail; Fletcher Creek Road; Fletcher Creek trail; Hendersonville Reservoir Road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pisgah Forest



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Review Date
March 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Rick , from Asheville

Summary:
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Recommended Route:
Start at Trace Ridge parking area. Take the 3rd branch to the right of the forest service info sign. This will take you up Trace Ridge trail. This is a tough, but mostly rideable climb. I count about 4-5 steep, rocky sustained climbs separated by brief level sections. The first and only left turn is a few miles up the trail (I believe spencer branch- get this confused with fletcher creek trail). If you kept going straight up the hill a few hundred yards, it lets out on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Anyway, take the left turn down a steeper and rockier pitch- walk parts of this if not an experienced rider. It eventually will level out somewhat and then cross the Never Ending Road. I usually follow this trail down another mile or two to a convergence of trails (four branches). I then take the first right, crossing the creek and starting a nice gradual creekside climb (the other trail - Spencer Branch or Fletcher Creek, I can't keep the names straight). This will cross the creek a few more times before coming back into Never Ending Road. Take a left and follow this gravel road a few miles. The next branch to the left is Middle Fork. This is a fun creekside descent eventually letting out either at the reservoir or at the previously noted trail convergence. It is difficult to give precise directions, but these trails are well described in several local trail books and mtnbikewnc.com.
This is one of my favorite rides in the area. Only drawback is moderate horse traffic, but not much of a nuicanse. You may see some people in the flatter area by the creeks and near the reservoir, but most of the time there's noone else on Trace Ridge Trail.
Those complaining about crowds must be using the easier trails close to the parking area. I also disagree with all the negative remarks re: Bent Creek. This also is a little crowded in the more proximal trails, but more open up closer to "five points", and the "heinous" trails. What do you expect 15 minutes from Asheville and 5 minutes from a Mall. Be thankful for a great place to ride close to home.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If new to Mtn Biking, explore Bent Creek first, then move to N. Mills and finally into Pisgah N.F. (Davidson River region). Dupont riding is great.



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