Northwest of Brevard in the Pisgah National Forest, a 9 mile hiking loop can be formed by combining sections of the Buckhorn Gap Trail (4.6 mi.), Black Mountain Trail (1.5 mi.), and the Avery Creek Trail (3.2 mi.).
To reach the trailhead from Brevard, follow US64 east for 3 miles. Head west on US276 for 2.5 miles to FS477. Proceed north on FS477 for 2 miles and park near the stables.
Start hiking further up FS477 to the Buckhorn Gap Trail. Climb 1200 feet up to Buckhorn Gap. (An easier alternative route up from the car would be to follow FS5058 (a.k.a. Clawhammer Road) up to Buckhorn Gap). At the Gap, proceed west on the Black Mountain Trail to Club Gap. Next, follow the Avery Creek Trail (#327) back down to FS477.
Overall, Buckhorn Gap / Avery Creek is the 13th most popular hiking trail of all 19 hikes in North Carolina.