|July 24, 2011|
|Old Fort, NC 28762, USA [large map] 35.629, -82.1807|
The Off Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell is a 63 mile mostly off road Bicycle route with 11,000 feet of climbing. From Old Fort you climb over the Blue Ridge Parkway two times and just below Mt. Mitchell on beautiful Forest Service roads and unbelievable N.C. single track. There are fully stocked rest stops approximately every 10 miles. You can also send anything you wish to any of the rest areas with our staff. Mt. Mitchell peaks at 6684 ft and is the highest mountain east of the Mississippi river. The town of Old Fort where you start and finish sits at around 1400 feet. Most of the climbing is on Forest Service roads while most of the single track points downhill!
Star Gap: This trail shares the bottom of Heartbreak Ridge and veers right at Star Gap to climb up and down along the side of the mountain then drop switchback style down to Jarret Creek Road.
Jarrett Creek Road: This trail has turned into singletrack the past few years due to its lack of use as a road anymore. Flows along for several miles to end at Curtis Creek Road.
Curtis Creek Road: A persistant nine mile gravel road climb to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Blue Ridge Parkway: A short jaunt on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers some easy spinning “rest” time.
Heartbreak Ridge: A local favorite and our favorite too! We adopted this trail in 2002 and have donated hundreds of hours to help maintain it. Starts from the Blue Ridge Parkway with a short technical hike a bike section. After that, it’s a series of drops and climbs along the ridgeline with plenty of tight singletrack. This ride boasts killer views, heart racing technical sections, and a long sustained downhill.
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