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8 must visit mountain bike getaway resorts mulberry gap

Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway, photo: Aaron Chamberlain

With summer winding down, there’s no better time to plan a weekend mountain bike getaway for the fall!

Unlike the big ski resorts, these mountain bike getaways typically offer lower rates, a more laid back vibe, and amenities and services that even the big guys can’t match. Plus, most–if not all–of these picks are owned and operated by mountain bikers.

Here are a 8 must-visit spots for your upcoming MTB weekend trip:

Bike Farm (Pisgah, NC)

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The Bike Farm is located in Pisgah National Forest and offers mountain bikers a true “glamping” experience. Riders can choose to stay in one of the four-season platform tents that boast real beds, electricity, and fans. The Bike Farm features hot showers, restrooms, the owners offer guiding services, and they will even set you up with a rental bike.

Flat Rock Ranch (Comfort, TX)

photo: djeneration

photo: djeneration

Flat Rock Ranch is located in Texas Hill country northwest of San Antonio and features 27 miles of singletrack trails and jeep roads. Riders are required to pay a $7 daily riding fee but a primitive campsite costs just 3 bucks more. The “Little Rock House” on the ranch can be reserved for those looking for a less primitive overnight experience. Flat Rock Ranch hosts mountain bike races during the year, but keep in mind: the ranch closes near the end of October each year for hunting season.

Long Trail Ranch (Bailey, CO)

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The Buffalo Creek mountain bike trails are among the most popular in the state of Colorado, if not the whole USA, and the Long Trail Ranch is located just a couple pedal strokes away. There are three rooms to choose from and riders have full access to the kitchen, wifi, and laundry facilities during their stay. The owners even offer guided rides Monday thru Friday.

Mulberry Gap (Elijay, GA)

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photo: Aaron Chamberlain / Mulberry Gap

Mulberry Gap is located less than a mile from the Pinhoti Trail, with easy to access to one of North Georgia’s most popular rides, the Bear Creek / P1 / P2 loop. There are even a few short trails on the property with an excellent skills course to play on.

Mountain bikers can choose to stay in one of the cabins on site or pitch a tent beside the stream. Mulberry Gap offers prepared meals, inexpensive shuttles starting at just fifteen bucks, and even guided, multi-day tours. Day riders can choose to park a car at Mulberry Gap for $10, which includes use of the restrooms, showers, and wifi.

Pure Mountains (Granda, Spain)

photo: Pure Mountains

photo: Pure Mountains

Pure Mountains operates an “eco-luxe farmhouse” located in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountain range with an on-site pumptrack and XC circuit course. Of course, the big draw for mountain bikers is the massive network of “ancient tracks running from the doorstep.” Meals and drinks are included in the price of accommodations, and Pure Mountains offers bike rentals, sag support, and guiding services so riders don’t have to worry about a thing.

Red Agave (Sedona, AZ)

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The Red Agave bills itself as “the only resort in Sedona that caters to the adventurous crowd.” The resort is located directly behind the Bike and Bean bike shop (Bike and Bean co-owns Red Agave) and features mountain biker-friendly amenities like hot tubs and a fire pit. The bike shop offers a huge fleet of rental bikes and yes, morning coffee.

REEB Ranch (Hendersonville, NC)

photo: REEB Ranch

photo: REEB Ranch

REEB ranch is almost too good to be true: an on-site bike park, access to the massive Dupont State Forest trail system, scenic accommodations, and even an old-fashioned swimming hole. Oh, and I forgot to mention–REEB Ranch is owned and operated by Oskar Blues Brewery. The photo above pretty much says it all.

Whitefish Bike Retreat (Whitefish, MT)

photo: Whitefish Bike Retreat

photo: Whitefish Bike Retreat

Cricket Butler started the Whitefish Bike Retreat to “(share) a passion for cycling and (share) experiences with others finding their way on a bike.” The retreat features camping and a large bunk lodge with amenities like private rooms, a shared kitchen, showers, laundry, and wifi. Whitefish Bike Retreat is located right on the Whitefish trail and is just 4 miles from the popular Spencer Mountain trail. Mountain bikers will definitely appreciate the bike wash, community tools, and indoor bike storage (available to those staying in the bunk lodge.)

Have you stayed at one of these or another mountain bike getaway? Tell us about it!

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# Comments

  • John Fisch

    Pretty sure I’d be glad to spend a spell at any of the above (but the Texas one only in January-it’s hot there!). Great article!

    (that Red Agave location is positively prime!)

  • Greg Heil

    So cool! I’ve ridden in almost all these locations (except for Texas and Spain), and the trails are prime! Taking it up a notch with mtb-specific digs, food, and shuttles sounds like what mountain bike dreams are made of!

  • Jeff Barber

    That place in Whitefish looks super sweet, I know where I’m staying if I go out there. 🙂

  • sherri.jane

    Mulberry Gap rocks! Great riding, wonderful people and delicious food. I’ve been in different seasons and all are outstanding.

    Would like to visit Pure Mountains and Red Agave someday.

  • Cbake777

    Whitefish Bike Retreat is awesome and Cricket Butler (owner and cyclist) ROCKS! Mulberry Gap also has a great bike retreat. I’ve stayed at both and highly recommend. I Live in the Pisgah National Forest so no need to stay at the Bike Farm or Reeb Ranch (although I’ve Been to Reeb). All great places dedicated to a great Mtn bike experience.

  • Bubblehead10MM

    I’ll add True North Base Camp, Cuyuna Lakes(Ironton, mn) . no guides etc. but they have camp sights and six air conditioned cabins, bike wash, and direct access to trails.
    I loved flat rock’s trails, but camping looked pretty basic. similar to flat rock is Potter’s pasture, near North Platte, Ne. basic camping, runs of trail

  • Mike Innell

    We’ve got literally thousands of km’s of well marked single track and trail rides here in SW France. You can bike pack along pre-history trails to Neolithic caves then canoe to your overnight stay (sleeping bag under the stars or Chateau!).

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