Bracken Preserve Trail

Trail Category: Biking, Hiking, and Trail

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  • The 395-acre Bracken Preserve opened in July 2012 after more than a decade of planning by the city and the help of dozens of volunteers. The trail connects downtown Brevard to Pisgah National Forest, making it the only city in the Southeast with multiple entry points to a national forest.

    Look west from downtown and most of the mountain range framing the buildings on Main Street are in Bracken Preserve, which borders Pisgah National Forest and connects to Forest Road 475-C to take you deeper into Pisgah via Cat Gap Loop, Chestnut Knob Trail at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery.

    Or connect to Bushy Creek Trail and back to Bracken Trail for an invigorating, 2.8 mile roller coaster loop through the headwaters of both Brushy Creek and Bracken’s Creek, which form part of the headwaters of the French Broad River Basin.


  • Use: Biking, Hiking, and Trail
    City of Brevard
    Length: 2.8 mile loop, longer if connect into PIsgah
    Difficulty: Difficult, Advanced
    Usage: Moderate
    Trail condition: Excellent
    Intersecting Trails: Bushy Creek Trail, Forest Road 475C, Cat Gap Loop, John Rock, Chestnut Knob
    Dog Friendly: Yes, on leash and under control.
    Wheelchair Accessible: No
    Seasons: Year-round
    Restrooms: No
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  • Directions:

    From downtown Brevard travel west on Main Street and turn right on Oaklawn Aveue. Follow Oaklawn one block and turn left on Probart Street. Travel 7/10 of a mile to Music Camp Road. Turn right on Music Camp Road and follow it to the entrance of the Brevard Music Center.

    Do not enter the Music Center, but take the gravel road to the left of the entrance, Pinnacle Road. Follow Pinnacle 2/10 of a mile up to the Bracken Preserve parking lot and trailhead.