February 8, 2016
Note that this is a review for the entire ride that the topo map shows. This includes riding down Heartbreak Ridge.
The Old Toll Road starts out really steep, but the grade eventually mellows. However, it does get much rockier the higher you go. Most of the trail is rideable though.
There are great views on the way up, especially in winter. Follow the Toll Road all the way up until you see an old camper and trailer. You can't miss them. The trail down Heartbreak begins to the right.
The descent down Heartbreak and then Star Gap makes it all worth it. It's around 7-8 miles of near continuous descending. Of course, this being NC, there are a couple of steep walls to get up and over on the way down.
The Toll Road is a much better way to get up to Heartbreak than Curtis Creek Road.