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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4.1 mi (6.6 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +70/180 ft
Total: 17 riders
 

Mountain Biking Bradley Creek / 351

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#261 of 531 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#9887 in the world

This trail begins off of FS 1206, but as of 5/26/13 the trail sign is missing. Bradley Creek Trail drops down off the road bed and then parallels the river, and then the trail begins to cross the river. It crosses it 10 times, which requires fording through knee-deep rushing water with boulders on the bottom, in about 1.5 miles. On my ride, I left the trail as soon as possible to get away from the river, so the trail may indeed cross the river even more times. There isn't much climbing since it follows the river, and the trail isn't very technical, but all of the river fords still make it slow and arduous.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From Mills River, NC, head north on NC 191. Take a left onto North Mills River Road. Continue onto FS 1206. Drive a total of about 9.7 miles from the turn off of NC 191. Trail will drop down off the gravel road on the left.
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Connie Ferrell (on Dec 23, 2018)
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  • caissus1860
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    A fun trail that I didn't intend to ride up or down, which I did both. While road tripping I stopped at Pisgah. i planned on riding Squirrel gap but turned the wrong way and ended up riding up Bradley Creek. I realized it pretty quick, at the first creek crossing, but decided to press on and use this trail to connect to Laurel Creek and then back on to squirrel gap. I missed the turn, again(not well marked if coming from the Turkey Pen Trailhead.). This trail was a lot of fun, even going uphill. the multiple creek crossings kept me cool and the terrain kept me interested as well although the technical aspect of it wasn't too difficult. From the top of Bradley creek I rode up Laurel Mtn, down Pilot Rock, and then ended up taking this trail back downhill which was infinitely more rewarding as it was almost completely downhill. The only issues I had with this trail was that there were several sections that were very overgrown or needed maintenance to cut out downed trees. I was thankful I had ridden up it first as there were several spots where if I didn't know the downed trees were there i would have run into them full tilt and gone over the handlebars. This was in mid-September 2015 so hopefully those areas have been cleaned up. The lower section of Bradley creek was also pretty heavily tracked up with horse poop and torn up from their hooves. Not an issue at all if you are only traveling down.

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