The 18.5 Mile “Bearhoti” loop is a Mulberry Gap staple and a must ride during your visit. However, regardless of the length of your stay, repeating the “Bearhoti” route is not your only option.
Continuing southwest out of Mulberry Gap along the Pinhoti trail system are sections P3, P4, P5 and Dennis Mill. Characteristically similar to the “Bearhoti loop”, this route is a muti-use, multi-directional trail, connected by current use and closed gravel road sections. Each trail segment has sections of singletrack, broader previously designated OHV trail and retired logging roads. The descents within this trail section can be steep and worth every foot of earned elevation.
Methods of Riding
Least strenuous: The least strenuous way to experience this route is to be shuttled twice. The first shuttle can be used to skip the moderately difficult climb within the P3 segment. The shuttle will drop you off at the beginning of P4. Then, upon finishing the route, a rider can choose to be picked up at the lower trailhead of the Dennis Mill section located off Dennis Mill road or at The Stallion gas station located on HWY 52. Approximately 23 miles
Moderately strenuous: The second option is to complete each section, starting from Mulberry Gap and climbing P3. Again, upon finishing the route, a rider can choose to be picked up at the lower trailhead of the Dennis Mill section located off Dennis Mill road or at The Stallion gas station located on HWY 52. Approximately 28 miles
Moderately strenuous: Another option is to shuttle to the P4 trailhead and complete the ride to the Dennis Mill lower trailhead. From the Dennis Mill lower trailhead, you can turn right onto Old Federal Highway, cross Hwy 52, stay straight and the road switches to Cool Springs Road. A few more miles on pavement, headed north, and you’ll intersect with Old CCC Camp Road. From here, you’ll hang a right, stay straight when pavement turns to gravel and you’ll be back to Mulberry within 5 miles. Approximately 38 miles
Most strenuous: The longest option with the most amount of climbing will save you from having to shuttle completely. This option has a rider leaving from Mulberry Gap, climbing P3 and continuing through the Dennis Mill segment. From the Dennis Mill lower trailhead, a rider will pedal north on a few local highways until they reach Old CCC Camp road. Continuing west on CCC Camp will bring you back into Mulberry Gap after a few miles of gravel road. Approximately 42 miles