Bracken Mountain Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,055' 321 m
Descent: -159' -49 m
High: 3,461' 1,055 m
Low: 2,476' 755 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)
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“A machine-built trail ascending 1000' to connect with Pisgah National Forest.”— Aaron Bland
This trail features 1000' of elevation gain from the trailhead to the high ridge which marks the USFS boundary. The beginning of the trail is tight and features several sharp switchbacks due to the narrow conservation easement granted to allow access to the Bracken Preserve property.
Bracken Mountain Trail is marked with blue blazes. All trails are singletrack with no major obstacles, and plenty of tight turns and ascents and descents, making for a solid medium difficulty trail. You'll very rarely get level terrain.
Bikers, hikers, and runners frequent the preserve, though it's not as crowded as the Dupont and Pisgah forest trails. The steep ascent out of the parking lot (.5 miles of continual uphill) turns off a lot of casual runners.
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Land Manager: City of Brevard