The Trace Ridge Trailhead is located within the Pisgah National Forest south east of Asheville NC. The trailhead is accessed from a paved and gravel road via the Mill Creek Canyon campground. Currently the road is closed at the campground allowing for additional riding miles upto the trailhead.
Park anywhere near the campground and begin your riding up the paved road on the opposite side of the closed gate. After 2 miles the road splits, follow the road to the left across a concrete bridge. Ride an additional half-mile to the trailhead.
From the trailhead multiple loops and out and back rides are possible. The famous Neverending Road begins adjacent to the Trace Ridge Trail. Make sure to stop by a forest service office and purchase a trail map. During our ride some of the trail markings were difficult to spot and a detailed map would have benefited us.
The terrain is a mixture of steep singletrack, rolling double track, and technical descents. There are numerous water crossings and ample opportunities to get your tandem muddy. During our trip in late spring we spotted numerous wildflowers and flowering trees. A popular trail system for the more adventurous locals these trails make for fun riding on a tandem mountain bike.