Rides in the Davidson River Trailhead Area

Here is a list of rides in the Davidson River Trailhead area.

Each of the rides has its own printable guide page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

Black Mountain Ride

Most Difficult Ride
  • Also known as "Clawhammer," this hard-core ride contains a 7 1/2 mile, 2000 vertical foot climb. Starts on a technical creekside trail with at least 6 deep creek crossings, and includes the scenic Twin Falls side hike, a moderately technical climb to...
  • 12.5mi, Climbs Steeply
  • Tread Condition: Very Rough

Daniel Ridge Ride

More Difficult Ride
  • This classic loop in the Davidson River area traverses the core of a scenic area packed with natural features. As the ride goes, it's moderate: not too steep, but somewhat rocky and plenty of roots along with eroded spots for most of its length to...
  • 4mi, Climbs Moderately
  • Tread Condition: Moderately Rough

North Slope Ride

Moderate Ride
  • *Seasonal use only (October 15 - April 15)!* Starting in the Davidson River Campground, this classic loop starts with a fairly steep climb up from the river. The climb features some log steps and technical sections. Beyond, the trail traverses a...
  • 4.9mi, Hilly
  • Tread Condition: Some Obstacles

Picklesimer Fields Ride

More Difficult Ride
  • Starts beside a scenic creek with rushing waterfalls and calm, meandering sections. Goes through beautiful forests. You'll ride through the open, grassy Picklesimer Fields area itself. The route includes long/moderate and short/steep uphills, fast...
  • 11mi, Climbs Steeply
  • Tread Condition: Moderately Rough

Sycamore Cove Ride

Moderate Ride
  • One of the classic rides in Pisgah, Sycamore Cove is not too difficult simply because it is short, but it does have some significant climbs and technical sections to spice it up. It features several creek crossings, technical climbing, some tight...
  • 4.3mi, Hilly
  • Tread Condition: Some Obstacles

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