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Level: Beginner
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 4 riders
 

Mountain Biking Stecoah Gap

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#320 of 532 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#11573 in the world

This is a great trail to ride after a long day at Tsali, or even a great trail for a quick ride after work. The elevation starts at 3165 ft and gradually winds up the mountain to Stecoah Bald. The entire four miles to the top/end is uphill but it is all worth it when you begin to return down the hill. Great views, awesome downhill, and tight singletrack near the top. Be sure to go all the way to the top, as the downhill from the bald has several whoop-to-doos.

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 Bryson City, follow Hwy. 74 W towards Nantahala. Go right on Hwy. 28 N towards Robbinsville. Go about 10 miles, left on NC Hwy. 143 (follow signs to Robbinsville. Go about 3 miles. Trailhead is on the left with a parking area where the Appalachian trail crosses the highway. Ride around the gate onto the overgrown forest road.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Robbinsville, North Carolina

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  • Jeff Barber
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    Haven't ridden here for years but the last time I rode Stecoah it was certainly overgrown toward the top. I might try this one in winter--otherwise, it's probably a high-grass slog.

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    Apparently has not been ridden or maintained in some time. Went yesterday to find it impassable. Completely overgrown with large loose rocks on what used to a trail. Don't waist your time.

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  • Greg Heil
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    If any gated gravel road is worth riding, this is it! This old logging road that climbs up around the mountain above Stecoah Gap offers amazing views of the Stecoah valley and surrounding mountains thanks to numerous logging cuts on the downhill side of the road. Some of the most scenic mountain biking I've done lately!

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  • jefmtbkr
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    Rode this on a rainy day in 2009. Got all the way to the top and couldn't see 10 ft. That's why they are the smokey mtn. The downhill was fun. Watch out for loggers working. If it is wet run fenders. Wasn't a epic ride but a good training ride. Nice and quiet. Happy Trails!!!

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