Thrift Cove

4.30 out of 5
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↑ 2,100 ft
↓ 2,300 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Start riding the trail at the back of the parking lot. Go about 0.1 miles and turn right up Thrift Cove trail. Follow the red blazes and turn left at the intersection with Grass Road. On the way back down, take Black Mountain trail (down left, not right) and follow the white blazed trail to the bottom. Be sure to catch some air on the whoop te doos after you pass Thrift Cove trail again. These are probably the best jumps I've seen and there are five in a row there. Plenty of time for recovery, lots of speed. I went back and rode these from the parking lot again and again. So much fun. About 750' of elevation change.
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 (10)

Bunny Hop

December 4, 2016
mtbrdag Bunny Hop  
Review: What a blast!!! Very fast downhill with nice conditions.

Similar Trail: Black mountain lower

December 11, 2015
Review: Thrift Cove, Lower Blak Mtn (add out and back on Grassy Rd. This is a short quick workout trail, with a good climbing section, rolling trail, then a rippin descentthat will keep you focused. (Riding Couter Clockwise).


January 9, 2015
Josh L Singletrack  
Review: Wow this trail is fun!! I was told by a local that a lot of work was done on this trail somewhat recently. That work really paid off. This trail was amazing. Only downfall... it is short.


May 28, 2014
jn35646 Gramcounter  
Review: Thift Cove is a trail that links from Grassy Rd trail over to Lower Black Mountain trail. Climbing Thift is a nice gradual climb without any super steep grades or technically challenging features other than the occasional roots and rocks. It is a great warmup for the decent down Lower Black Mountain, or if you are feeling adventurous, the climb up to Middle Black Mountain (very technically challenging up and down). Thrift is a fun and very fast decent if you are coming from the other side (Black Mountain) and is good to link up the Sycamore Cove Trails for more riding when that fits the bill.

Similar Trail: Lower Black Mountain

Granny Gear

July 28, 2013
Review: Awesome ride, nice climb and a speedy down hill, good ride if your crunched for time, like after work or something .


June 5, 2012
Review: Fast and flowy.

World Champ

March 19, 2011
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: This was a nice climb up. While it is pretty steep, it is relatively smooth and definitely rideable. Being in the granny gear the whole time is way more fun than the hike-a-bike that is to follow if you continue up Black Mountain


September 13, 2005
Review: This trail is absolutely amazing. The first trail I ever did in Pisgah, and was blown away. Start in the grassy parking lot, and If i remember it is 1.8 miles dead straight up. Then level for about .7 miles, then 2 miles of sheer enjoyment downhill. Extremely fast, huge jumps. Remember to ALWAYS get a straight line before your jump, as this is very curvey trail, and is a ridge. I landed off-sides @ 20 mph once and about killed myself. Everyone who does this trail skids back into the parking area with the biggest smile on their face I've ever seen.

Bunny Hop

September 15, 2004
blando62 Bunny Hop  
Review: this little loop only takes about 30-45 minutes so i suggest doing it both ways...those of you who always ride thrift cove first might be pleasantly surprised at how fun thrift cove is downhill!

Similar Trail: Maxwell Cove to Black Mtn to Thrift Cove

January 1, 1970
Review: This trail is gnarley.

Similar Trail: Sycamore cove (connected to this trail)

Thrift Cove MTB Trail 4.30 out of 5 based on 10 ratings. 10 user reviews.
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