Bent Creek Educational Forest Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Arden, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
This trail is pretty and has a lake that is open to the public during the summer months. There is also a small dam on one side of the lake that is pretty cool. Some of the trails are not marked and if you don't know the area it can be a bit confusing. This area is very popular for MTN biking in WNC.
wasn't very impressed with this trail, it can be overly used with many sections crossing over mountain bike trails. however, its easy to access & there is a nice swimming area along it--however, i'm not entirely sure it's open to the public...
First time at Bent Creek and had a great time. Drove from Charlotte, NC and took 2hr to get there. You could spend 2 days exploring the trails and I would recommend doing that. Great climbs and downhills. What I like most was I did the 12 miles in one big loop. A lot of trails here in Charlotte are small 1 to 3 mile loops in one area. I will be back for an overnight Only one negative I could come up with... there arent a lot of views of the mountainsides. Great for a hot summer day.
Popular with Mt. bikers. Easy to get a little turned around.