Sycamore Cove

4.11 out of 5
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↑ 1,200 ft
↓ 1,200 ft

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Trail Description
About this trail
Head back down the highway to find the trailhead. The trail is on the left side of the road as you head back towards Hwy 280. Follow the blue blazed trail. Combine this trail with Thrift Cove by way of Grass Rd. for a longer ride. This trail has some extreme downhill and some pretty serious elevation change. Very similar to North Slope.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (11)


October 9, 2017
cc2012 Trailblazer  
Review: Super rooty, which limits speed, but otherwise great trail. Beautiful scenery along creek, fun water bars, nice ride. Rode counter-clockwise. 45 min loop. Add Thrift Cove to bottom of Black Mt to double the length and get some awesome DH.

Granny Gear

May 16, 2017
Luanne Granny Gear  
Review: First part of the trail was very steep, roots, and lots of washed out areas. Did lots of walking the bike. Pretty long intense uphill. Last part of trail was awesome with lots if technical downhill. Very fun. Still had to be a bit careful because of all the rain causing some deep washout areas. Deginatelt a fun challenge!

Granny Gear

November 11, 2013
TrevorJ Granny Gear  
Review: Rode North Slope first, crossed the road down the street to jump on Sycamore. It started out as a tough technical climb. The leaves made it very slippery and we had to hike a bike in spots. After a pretty long climb, the decent was wide open and lots of fun. Lots of jumps and a ton of speed. Definitely a fun trail with options to connect to other trails.

Similar Trail: North Slope

Granny Gear

November 26, 2009
soccer6543 Granny Gear  
Review: This is one of my favorite trails, although I generally ride it the opposite way as posted (I've ridden both ways) If you go up grassy roads first its easier uphill and more technical singletrack downhill. You can also combine black mtn to thrift cove to grassy roads to sycamore to make a lengthier ride. It normally takes me around 45 mins to an hour to ride grassy roads and sycamore

Similar Trail: Black Mountain

Bunny Hop

August 3, 2008
jhckelman Bunny Hop  
Review: This is another of my favorite short rides in Pisgah, especially when combined with North Slope across the street during the winter. First half of the climb is pretty technically challenging, and indeed there is one section that I'm sure if I've ever made. It's nonetheless quite fun, and the second half is more mellow. The downhill is quite fast, with some decent technical challenge, though it is accordingly over quickly. A log bridge has recently been added to the bottom, which is welcome in that it avoids both soft ground and adds technical challenge.

Similar Trail: North Slope (seasonal, across the street)

October 1, 2005
Review: sorry for the previous review... I liked Sycamore Cove trail, but in point Mugu State park, CA

October 1, 2005
Review: really nice trail
easy, beautifull
state beach to take a swim when you're done is great too


September 13, 2005
Review: Cool trail. Pretty rhododendron tunnels, fun final downhill. I have to walk my bike up the begining though (if you start on the super steep end). I like Thrift Cove much better, of course.

Similar Trail: Thrift Cove right next to it.

Bunny Hop

September 15, 2004
blando62 Bunny Hop  
Review: this is just plain good stuff!

January 1, 1970
Review: Rode the Sycamore Cove trail this past weekend. Beautiful scenery and a pretty good workout. The first 1/2 of the trip is pretty much uphill with lots of roots. Don't ride it when wet!! The roots will give you a beating and it's near impossible to stay on the bike going uphill. I'm going back when dry to try it out again.

Sycamore Cove MTB Trail 4.11 out of 5 based on 11 ratings. 11 user reviews.
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