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Annual November Pisgah Trip -- DuPont State Forest

(updated: Nov 29, 2009)

This was day two of our annual trip I make to Pisgah with Ed in November. This was Saturday Nov 14 where we rode DuPont State Forest. I had missed the ride in DuPont the previous month due to weather. This time the weather was the best I'd ever seen it in these parts. Warm, dry, sunny. Unbelievable.

We rode all day. In fact, we brought our lights and kept riding in the dark. Gotta get in the miles, ya know. We were in great shape from the Beach2Battleship training so we got in 40+ mile days. The perfect weather helped as well, despite the shorter days.

We started the ride at DuPont at Guion Farm. This is where the kids trail is. They added a new section to the kids trail - a really cool circular skinny. This was really hard for a 29er but doable if you hop the back wheel around a few times.

They are also putting in a pump track. So far they put down the mounds of dirt and now it needs a lot of shaping. Hopefully next time I'm out there it will be finished, which will be sweet.

Next we did the Ridgeline Trail, a fun flowy downhill. One of the best parts, as Mark noted, was watching everyone's expressions as they reached the bottom. We hit this trail twice.

Mark on Ridgeline, a must-do trail in DuPont.

More photos of Ridgeline...

Ed on log on Ridgeline.

Me, Mark, and Ed taking a break at Wintergreen Falls.

Now the ever-growing drawback...horses. The parking lot was full of horse trailers at Giuon Farm and another nearby lot. They are all over the trail, including the singletrack, pooping everywhere. I got it in my eye going down Ridgeline, and I think Brad may have gotten Giardia from drinking out of a water bottle that got horse manure sprayed on it. Not to mention that they take up the whole trail and you have to stop and often get off your bike, or else the stupid animals will freak out. There seems to be more and more of them every year. This is why local riders tend not to ride here on the weekends. The other side of DuPont is a lot better, so that's where we headed next.

We wasted no time getting to the top of Cedar Mtn by climbing straight up Big Rock Trail.

Looking toward Cedar Rock Trail.

Ed on the Burnt Mtn drop.

Water crossing on Corn Mill Shoals Trail. It was impassable.

Me on log ride on Reasonover.

Lake Julia.

Abandoned house on Lake Julia. Roof was never finished, windows still have stickers on them when the DuPont property was seized via Eminent Domain.

At the end of the airstrip. Lights ready.

Ed on log at bottom of Airstrip Trail.

Sunset at DuPont, and we're still riding.

Pisgah photos to come...


Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Brevard

Google Earth (.kml) files and GPS eXchange (.gpx) files.
GPX file. Upload to your GPS. Includes trails: Airstrip, Big Rock, Bridal Veil Falls, Cedar Rock, Corn Mill Shoals, Shoals, Burnt Mtn, Laurel Ridge, Mine Mtn, Reasonover Creek.


1. Erik said...

Great pictures. I have some nice memories of that place.

Nov 30, 2009 @ 8:24 AM

2. Mark said...

That sure was a fun trip. Jimmy got the fire back in him for Mt. Biking after that trip. I can't wait for next year. The owners of Grandma's place appologized for the smell and carpet fresh dust on the table. Thanks for posting the pictures.

Nov 30, 2009 @ 7:26 PM

3. markb said...

My two sons and I used to hit Dupont about once a week. We moved to Utah about two years ago so we really miss the forest rides. Reasonover was our favorite trail but we know the Cedar rock, Burnt Mtn, and Airstrip trails like very well. I miss those days but Snow Basin, Sundance, and Park City trails are fun here too. Come visit and we'll give you guys a tour! Thanks for the memories.

Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:15 PM

4. goochami said...

hey SBA I sent you an e-mail with a few questions regarding SORBA membership.
Just wondered if you got it?
I'll check back on this post if I don't get a reply via e-mail.

Dec 1, 2009 @ 12:54 AM

5. SBA said...

I can't find the email...sorry. Try me again.

Dec 1, 2009 @ 5:35 AM

6. Sir GlideBikes said...

Best trip out there yet weather was perfect bike was even better and I was in the best biking shape since 2002 when I got my first road bike. Nothing like an IronMan to tune you up for a great mountain bike adventure. All those training rides payed off. We ran out of water and daylight not trails or endurance. PS never take Turkey Pen from end to end unless you like 7 mile hike-a-bikes.

Dec 2, 2009 @ 9:09 PM


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