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.

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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.

LOCAL BIKE SHOPS

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.

http://www.thehubpisgah.com/

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.

https://sycamorecycles.com/

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!

 http://www.squatchbikes.com/

GUIDE SERVICES

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

www.redwolftours.com/

Guided hiking tours, camping tours, beer and wine tours, fully-equipped van rentals, and more with customized itineraries to your needs. Also custom elopement ceremonies in the beautiful Western NC mountains!

https://www.nclineadventures.com/

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

Guided mountain bike trips from an accomplished cyclist, personal trainer, and endurance athlete – Steven McHone. Personalized experiences highlight great trails and provide cycling instruction and fitness consulting, with optional yoga and massage therapy. Have fun and learn how to treat your body well!

http://stevenmchone.com/

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.

http://pvadventures.com

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

www.pisgahstables.com

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

www.bikefarmpisgah.com/

Oxbow River Snorkeling is the first company to focus on guided river snorkeling in the United States. Our mission is to provide a full scale river snorkeling adventure, while our customers create lasting memories of our ancient watershed. We have designed several tours along the upper French Broad River and its tributaries. You will see examples of different types of aquatic communities and each adventure is packed full of potential surprises around every bend! Come join us as we venture below the surface of some of the oldest rivers in the world and remember to bring your waterproof camera or GoPro! ​

http://www.oxbowriversnorkeling.com/

Check out one of the coolest outdoor experiences in Transylvania County and Western North Carolina with our totally mobile company. We bring the adventure to you! Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) offers a fun, relaxing way to play on the local rivers and lakes. Our guide brings a unique and fun experience to every outing making this an adventure that is just for you!

http://whitesquirrelpaddleboards.com/

Conveniently located walking distance from Pilot Cove, this full-service fly fishing shop and guide service offers the gear, expertise, and local knowledge to make the most of your fishing experience.

http://www.davidsonflyfishing.com/

Float or fish the majestic French Broad River at your leisure! Located at the confluence of the West Fork and the North Fork of the French Broad River, this full service fly fishing shop also offers guided trips, tubing rentals and shuttle service, a taproom, and canoe/kayak rentals to complete your day on the water.

http://www.headwatersoutfitters.com/

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.

http://cfaia.org/pisgah-field-school-brevard-nc/

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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.”

http://blueridgehikingco.com/

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