Bracken Preserve

4.18 out of 5
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↑ 1,900 ft
↓ 1,800 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Loop network that climbs Bracken Mountain and returns to parking lot or there's an option to continue on a forest road (FS-475C) to Fish Hatchery about 7mi away which would be an out and back.

Well maintained singletrack which starts climbing right from the parking lot...the paycheck is about 4mi of flowy downhill back.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (3)
System Trails (3)
Brushy Creek
Bracken Mountain
Pinnacle Trail
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Reviews (11)


February 14, 2017
mtndew24 Trailblazer  
Review: Like everyone says this is very flowy and different from the pisgah riding a couple miles north except for it is also quite steep, so when you're going down it's FAST. Nothing truly hike a bike worthy if you have fitness with the exception of a few big roots on some sections. I really enjoyed this trail the only thing I wish is that it was longer but luckily Pisgah is nearby.


November 12, 2016
6seagull Gramcounter  
Review: Great trail. Tough climb at the beginning. Lots of trail markers. It's a bit far drive for me, probably opt for Dupont instead. The terrain at Bracken is different than from South Carolina.

Granny Gear

October 16, 2016
EJW Granny Gear  
Review: Did the Brushy Creek branch of the trail up and back down which was beautiful. I'm an advanced beginner and heard that the Bracken trail was probably a little too steep and fast. Also, heard that the downhill for Bracken was relatively short after such a grueling climb. I found the Brushy Creek climb rather flowing, not grueling -just had to walk several spots. It was a great place to practice switchbacks because the trail is smooth, not a lot of rocks/roots to distract from the turns. Trails are well-marked. No jumps though, otherwise might have given it 5 stars. Maybe the Bracken trail has jumps? Will see next time...

Granny Gear

September 18, 2016
tgrahamcw2 Granny Gear  
Review: Big Climb from the start so get ready! But rewarded with a great flowy downhill

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World Champ

May 23, 2016
Review: Smooth, machine built trail and a stiff climb. This trail is unlike the ones you'll find in the national forest but it's awesome because it's accessible from downtown Brevard and connects into NF trails.

World Champ

May 8, 2016
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: Well-built trail with excellent flow! However it lacks a special something to make it a true 5-star trail. Still a great ride from town, though.

Bunny Hop

January 20, 2016
mtbrdag Bunny Hop  
Review: Fun lollipop trail with a lung-busting climb to start for us mortal folks from out of town. A lot of scenic views and marked very well. Tight switchbacks help for the uphill, but aren't as fun on the downhill. Wish this one was in my backyard, I'd surely get in shape fast.


September 24, 2015
jn35646 Gramcounter  
Review: Bracken is a great trail you can access quickly from downtown Brevard. The initial climb is steep, plenty of switchbacks. I'd recommend taking blue (Bracken) up to the first red intersection (Brushy Creek), climb all of red until you reach the yellow connector trail, take that a very short distance and continue climbing blue until you reach the top of the mountain. Catch your breath and then head back down, blue all the way. The downhill feels like it lasts forever, it's super fast and has a great variety of features. If you aren't smiling when you get back to the trailhead you did it wrong!


September 13, 2015
double_ewe Gramcounter  
Review: Killer climb straight out the gate, followed by a few miles of smooth roller coaster downhill. Nothing technical, but the elevation presents plenty of challenge.

Bunny Hop

May 3, 2015
Review: The climb is killer, going to be honest and had to hoof it most of the way up, due to having no chance to get warmed up, should have ridden there from downtown. Very well maintained, fantastic switchbacks, super fast. No Pisgah Gnarl to be seen. Kind of a nice change of pace for the area.

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Bracken Preserve MTB Trail 4.18 out of 5 based on 11 ratings. 11 user reviews.
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