Biking Near Pilot Cove

Transylvania County is the premier cycling destination in the Southeastern United States. With some of the nation’s most sought-after mountain biking singletrack, gravel US Forest Service roads, and miles of paved country backroads road to cover, the mountains of Western North Carolina offer diverse terrain and riding opportunities for all experience levels.


Mountain Biking

Pisgah National Forest offers riding opportunities that range from easy to difficult, depending on your skill level. Please note most Pisgah National Forest trails are technical, and best for intermediate or advanced riders. Amongst the most popular bike trails near Pilot Cove are Thrift Cove Trail, Black Mountain Trail, North Slope Trail, Sycamore Cove Trail, Avery Creek Trail, Bennett Gap Trail, the Bracken Mountain trail system, and the gentle bike path along the Davidson River. Longer epic options exist when you use these trails as connectors, giving you opportunities to explore deep into the National Forest.

Additionally, nearby DuPont State Recreational Forest offers nearly 100 miles of machine-built mixed-use trail options – these trails are renowned for being fast and flowy! In general, DuPont State Recreational Forest and the Bracken Mountain Trail System offer better opportunities for beginners than trails in Pisgah National Forest.

Whether you are a beginner or expert, Transylvania County has a variety of options for your perfect mountain biking getaway.

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Road Biking

Whether you’re looking to ride through the rollling fields of the countryside, or along the Blue Ridge Parkway for spectacular views, Transylvania County is a slpendid place to road ride. Locals have an expansive list of their favorite rides, which include Highway 276, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Caesar’s Head, Hwy 178, Highway 215, or any of the plentiful backroads through the countryside. Pick one of these go-to’s from savvy locals or put together your own ride! Click here for more information about local road riding routes.



The HUB, Backcountry Outdoors and Pisgah Tavern

Conveniently located adjacent to Pilot Cove at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest, The HUB is a full-service bike shop stocking everything you need for your mountain or road cycling needs. Brands include Santa Cruz, Transition, Evil, Ibis, Norco, and Chromag.  Backcountry Outdoors is an outdoor gear shop located within walking distance.  Also stop in for a pint at the Pisgah Tavern, stocking a variety of craft beer options to unwind after a day in the saddle.


Sycamore Cycles

As Brevard’s original bike shop, Sycamore Cycles is a respected mainstay from both locals and tourists alike. Located walking distance from Pilot Cove, the shop is fully equipped to handle all of your cycling purchase, maintenance, or rental needs. Brands include Specialized, Yeti, and Trek. The shop is also home to Crank Coffee, a full coffee and pastry shop to start your day off right.


Squatch Bikes and Brews

Located close to Downtown Brevard, Squatch Bikes and Brews is a full-service shop offering everything you need for your cycling needs. Brands include Kona, Rocky Mountain, and Pivot Cycles. Stop by for a pint when you pick up your rental, service, or new bike!


Carmichael Training Systems

A great opportunity for guided MTB adventures with top-tier athletes and coaches! Explore the beautiful trails of Pisgah National Forest, Dupont State Forest, and Paris Mountain State Park with experienced and certified CTS Mountain Bike Guides. No matter your ability level, we can craft unique half-day, full-day, and multi-day guided mountain bike tours for you. Book a trip with CTS to experience a thrilling ride and get a real taste for the stunning Brevard area MTB trails!

Carmichael Training Services – Guided Tours

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Pura Vida Adventures

Full service guide company offering climbing, canyoneering, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking,waterfall tours, adventure race instruction, and paddling trips. We also provide you with an opportunity to see the North Carolina mountains through any variety of these activities over one day or a series of days.

Red Wolf Mountain Bike Tours

Guided mountain bike rides throughout the Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Recreational Forest.

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Pisgah Stables

Guided horseback rides throughout Transylvania County. Open seasonally April – October.

The Bike Farm Pisgah

Mountain bike guide and coaching service throughout DuPont and the Pisgah National Forest.


Pisgah Field School

The Pisgah Field School will introduce you to the unique recreational, natural and cultural wonders of Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest and the surrounding landscapes of the Southern Appalachians. Let us guide you around the original backyard and classroom of the Biltmore Estate through hikes, tours, and science-based workshops, while discovering the local businesses and charm of beautiful downtown Brevard, NC. Our staff and expert guides share an enthusiasm for this incredible area and will help to strengthen your appreciation for the natural world and our mountain heritage.

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Eastatoe Trail Tours

Eastatoe Trails Tours intends to provide truly unique guided waterfall tours to its clients. Showcasing the abundant natural beauty of Transylvania County, for both visitors and locals alike.

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Blue Ridge Hiking Company

Jennifer Pharr Davis founded Blue Ridge Hiking Company to share her love and knowledge of the hiking and to expose people to the majestic beauty of the southern Appalachian mountains. Blue Ridge Hiking Company’s skilled guides hold a high degree of experience, regional knowledge, and professional expertise. We delight in working with beginners and revel in creating a challenge for more adventurous clients. Regardless of the hike’s duration and destination, our company values remain the same: “Respect for self, others, and the environment.”

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Winter Guide to Pisgah National Forest & Brevard NC!

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2018 Pisgah Stage Race Lodging!

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Pilot Cove Featured in the Trek Travel Blog!

Lane Lastinger and Collin O'Berry from Pilot Cove enjoyed contributing to this week's Trek Travel blog! It was fun discussing the development of Pilot Cove and our favorite things we love to share about Brevard and Pisgah National Forest.…

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