Bracken Preserve Loop
ElevationAscent: 767' 234 m
Descent: -766' -234 m
High: 3,057' 932 m
Low: 2,443' 745 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“One of the hidden jewels for hiking in the Brevard/Pisgah Forest trail system.”— Mark Hall
All the trails are singletrack with no major obstacles, and plenty of tight turns and ascents and descents, making for a solid intermediate difficulty trail. You'll very rarely get level terrain.
The red trail (red blazes, Brushy Creek Trail) forks off the blue trail at the 0.6 mile marker. The red trail quickly descends to the lowest point the trail system. There are four small waterfalls on the red trail, each spanned by short wooden bridges. You'll hike over the first three waterfalls within the first half mile of heading onto the red trail. After that, you'll begin an undulating climb from 2,477 ft to 3,114 feet over the next two miles. There are several markers along with way with descriptions of local flora and fauna and waterfalls.
At the 3.1 mile marker, you can take a left onto the short yellow trail (yellow blazes, Mackey Ridge Trail), which will bring you back onto the blue trail and back to the parking lot to complete the 5 mile hike.
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Land Manager: City of Brevard