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Brackenfest 2.0

September 23, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Help Expand Bracken Preserve

Finish Buying the Land and Start Building Trails!

Brackenfest 2.0 is a “fun”draising ride to support the expansion of Bracken Preserve with 34 acres of beautiful forest land where we can build 2-3 miles of moderate trails. These trails will be inviting to more of our community—including athletes, adventurers, beginners, children, families, seniors, and people at various levels of ability and fitness.

Last year, we needed to act fast to buy the land while it was still for sale. In December 2022, Conserving Carolina closed on the land, but we still have a funding gap to cover the purchase, so we can move on to the exciting part—building trails!

Last year, Brackenfest generated over $25,000 in funding for the Bracken expansion. If we could match that success, or do even better this year, it would be a huge step toward creating these new trails for walking, running, hiking, and biking.

There are two ways to participate in Brackenfest. You can raise funds by riding as many laps as possible—solo or as a relay—in three hours. Or join the guided ride at a relaxed pace.



Option 1: How Many Laps Can You Ride in 3 Hours?

  • 8:30 to 11:30 AM
  • Registration costs $75 for adults, $50 for college students, or $25 for youth.
  • Participants are asked to personally fundraise with pledges from family, friends, employers, and more.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each category.
  • Registration price includes lunch at 185 King St.
  • Packets for donation collections are provided after registration.
  • Ride Solo or as a Team Relay

Option 2: Guided Slow Ride

  • 9:00 to 11:00 AM
  • Single lap
  • $15 to register.
  • Registration price includes lunch at 185 King Street.
  • Participants are asked to personally fundraise with pledges from family, friends, employers, and more.
  • Relaxing no-drop pace.
  • Tour trails with stops to learn about plants and animals in the preserve.

Sign up for this event on Bikereg.com

If you are interested in volunteering or for more details, please contact Howie Granat – Parks, Recreation & Trails: [email protected] or 508-951-2908

This event is run by the City of Brevard, which owns and manages Bracken Preserve. Conserving Carolina is a proud partner with the City to expand the preserve, where trails connect the City with all of Pisgah National Forest!

You Can Also Buy Brackenfest Jerseys

Custom jerseys from the local company Cognative MTB will be available in early September so you can proudly wear them at the event. You can order yours on the registration site. 




September 23, 2023
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Brevard Depot
390 Railroad Ave.
Brevard, 28712
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