ATTN: WNC Riders. "Caney Bottom" or "Cove Creek"
I was riding in Pisgah over Labor Day wknd and tried this loop. It's called "Gumstand Gap" in Jim Parham's "Off the Beaten Track" guidebook but who knows...
So I rode out of the Fish Hatchery prkn lot up fs475 (I think 475B. ..anyway..) got up to fs225 and started looking for the gate w/ a sign for Caney Bottom Trail (like it says in Parham's book). I never saw the Caney Bottom Trail sign. I did see, however, a gate w/ a sign for Upper Cove Creek. I took it. Was this the right thing to do? Not too far from here I remember passing a massive berm on my right and went over a couple of small techy features before coming to the Caney Bottom trail that is OFF LIMITS to bikes. I stayed to the right of this trail (as the bike shop recommended), crossed a couple of small log bridges, and then came to a dead end. ???? I swear I searched for an hour and never found another trail that was open to bikes. I could hear a waterfall that didn't sound too far off in the distance. I know it must have been right there. But as it was starting to get late I gave up, went back out the way I came in, and took the forest roads back to the Fish Hatchery.
Does anyone know what I did wrong? Should I have gone farther up fs 225? Am I a complete idiot?