Trace Ridge and Wash Creek Loop Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Arden, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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
Ride out from the parking lot behind the Kiosk (left side of Kiosk). Roll down lower Trace Ridge. Then about 1/2 mile turn left down Wash Creek for a quick 1/4 mile. Then follow back to dirt road, and turn left back to parking lot. It's a easy after work ride for me. Pretty fun, ranked moderately.
Note watch out for Wash Creek trail on the left. It's easy to miss. Wash creek trail follows wash creek back to the dirt road for about 1/2 mile. Then turn left on dirt road to go back to the parking lot/kiosk.