ROLL CALL

S24O, 42 mi, 91 ft/mi
 

Pisgah National Forest, Ranger District

Starting and ending at the The Hub and Pisgah Tavern, near downtown Brevard, NC. Map used: Pisgah Ranger District. 

Stats

42.3 miles, 3,860 ft elevation gain, 91 ft/mi, 1 night (S24O).  Counter-Clockwise direction suggested.

Terrain

Gravel with flowy singletrack connectors. Preferred bike rank: Rigid MTB, Hardtail, Cyclocross, Full Suspension.

Beta: Roll Call is part gravel and part singletrack. Ridden counter clockwise the two main climbs include Clawhammer and 475C. The singletrack is sprinkled throughout the ride and its almost all downhill for a fast and flowy alternative to the gravel climbs. The gallery below shows the scouting ride on the night of Double Dare (a Pisgah Productions race) based at Cove Creek Campground. The Pink Beds connector section may include a wet water crossing. To avoid this, re-route to Yellow Gap Road and connect back with the route on 276. All marked primitive camp locations have a fire ring/pit and are free.

2 Comments

  1. Patrick Farnsworth

    Due to an inconveniently timed wedding I was not able to ride day 1 of this route with Greg and Mark. Instead, I parked at the HUB and took short cut (9 miles) to meet up with them around mile 23 to camp. The morning started out with a few miles of easy riding before we started climbing 1,300 ft. in about 7 miles. Most of the climbing was on remote gravel roads and the climb was a good challenge, but very doable with no hike-a-bikes. This area is so beautiful I didn’t mind the slow accent which gave me time to enjoy the scenery. Coming down the mountain you are treated to some fast, mostly non-technical, singletrack. I was on a fully loaded Salsa Fargo with 2.35′ tires and it handled the terrain quite well. At the bottom of the mountain the ride back to The HUB is easy and avoids most traffic due to a really nice bike path that takes you most of the way. I had a blast on this route, it was the perfect balance between challenging and fun and the scenery is second to none. My only regret is that I wasn’t able to ride the entire route!

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  2. Marc Spencer

    This was a super fun route which could be done with a variety of bikes. The fall scenery was amazing during this ride. The majority of the miles are on gravel roads with a mix of remote roads with cars, and fire roads with chunkier gravel and no traffic. The majority of the descents are on easy single track. I rode this entire route on a fully loaded gravel bike with 34c tires and it was doable. There were a couple spots where I had to hop off my bike for ~5 to 10 yards to get past something I wasnt comfortable riding over on skinnier tires. This was a great route for me as a beginner bikepacker and you couldnt ask for a better setting in the Pisgah forrest.

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