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Trail Boss: Rowdy Creek Crossings and Steep Singletrack in North Carolina’s High Country

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Jeff Lenosky tackles one of the most technically demanding trails in all of Pisgah National Forest.

Pisgah is my favorite place to ride in North America. Period. At 512,758 acres, it’s overflowing with outstanding trails to explore on your bike. Farlow Gap is considered one of the most difficult trails in the area, and I love it because it offers a sampling of everything the forest has to offer.

The trail starts out with some swoopy turns before heading into a mile of steep, loose downhill—be prepared to hang on! Farlow is pretty remote, so it’s going to take some effort to get to, but it’s well worth it.

Lenosky's Top Tips for Riding Farlow Gap

1. Pack plenty of food, water, and spare tubes. A three-mile downhill might seem quick and easy, but this trail is fairly remote and you don’t want to get stuck unprepared.

2. Run heavier casing tires at lower pressure. This trail has some really fast sections and you don’t want to flat, but the creek crossings require good grip. Tires with reinforced sidewalls seem to work best.

3. Look ahead. Softball-sized rocks litter the fast sections and the creek crossings can sneak up on you. Look and plan ahead to find the best lines and keep momentum.

4. Ride with friends. Riding Farlow Gap is an adventure, so it’s always best [and safer] to share it with some buddies.

5. Have a post-ride beverage at the Pisgah Tavern. Attached to the Hub Bike Shop in the nearby town of Brevard, this watering hole is the perfect place to swap tales with all the other riders hanging out.

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