Carolina Mountain Trail - The North Carolina Arboretum is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Asheville, NC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Carolina Mountain Trail passes through pine, mixed hardwood and ericaceous forest types. A short connector trail runs from a dry stack stone overlook to the Greenhouse parking area (From The North Carolina Arboretum's "Map for Trails and Gardens" Brochure).
Nice trail. Easy for my elderly mastiff to amble. Better signage would be nice, as there are several trails and we managed to hit every single one, so the 1-2 miles we had planned became over 8 since I give a poor sense of direction and apparently my map-reading skills are poor. Still, it was a very enjoyable afternoon.
A nice nature trail inside the beautiful NC Arboretum, with interpretive displays and including a little elevation change.
Beautiful Gentle Well kept
Great place to take our dog! Easy hike, a little uphill. Lots of trails in the area( around 10 miles all together?). We parked at Bent Creek river park just across from the entrance to Arboretum. The trail head is near the bridge.
NC Arboretum is a fun, easy and relaxing hike. You will find mostly families and people with their dogs. It is not crowded if you go in winter. I was looking for something more difficult, but found it pretty. I just came back from it and loved spending that time there.
Fyi: This trail is in Bent Creek south of Asheville about 15 miles. It is not near Burnsville NC at all.
Very easy hike, but family and dog friendly. All of the loop is very clean and well-maintained, and the majority of the elevation gain occurs in the last .5 mile or so of the trail.
The Arboretum is a wonderful place to take the family, especially for those who aren't up for strenuous hiking. The Arboretum is in Asheville though NOT in Burnsville. The Arboretum also charges a small fee but they do offer free days - check their website for more info
We love the Arboretum.