Explore the most popular birding trails in Powhatan Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
2 days ago

Cool trail just dont turn down bent creek trail like we did and go all the way around that’s like 18 miles.Unless your up for that.

Trail i is used for mountain biking so pay attention. Many root systems to watch out for. A very pleasant well maintained trail. Views are normal Forrest views. But I only walked in a mile or so.

Great walk through the forest. Was expecting an overlook view once I got to the top but there wasn’t one. Be careful of the mountain bikers! On a busy day it could be dangerous

Great single track in most spots especially after the long climb up Pinnacle road. I missed a couple of turns, some areas lacked markers. Overall, awesome ride.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I am posting because there are some conflicting reports on the rating and characterization of this section of trail - specifically on MTB Project. I got caught WAY off guard on series of rock drops on a fast down-hill section. The good news is that I really only injured my pride. The bad news is that I went face first down the trail after blasting into a series of drops with too much speed on a XC bike. The first few hundred yards is fast and flowy but there is series of small boulders and drops mid-hill and you need to brake well in advance. In any case, don’t be deceived by the top part of the trail and reviewers that talk about this being a ‘flowy’ trail. It’s rocky - period. In some sections, you’re going through gnar regardless of your line. I would not classify it as highly technical but it is certainly not a XC trail.

Great little trail segment.

Great trail, look forward to doing it again.

Half the trail is pea gravel. The other half is over rocks and stumps. It’s intense. Good ride.

mountain biking
3 months ago

The area is nice for mountain biking. There’s quite a network of trails, some harder than others. Good for a day of riding when DuPont is not an option.

This trail never gets old. Within the last twenty-five years I guess I've ran, walked and plodded Hardtimes on a weekly basis.

Great trail for mountain biking! (And, there is heavy bike traffic.) I was walking and trail running. Parts of this trail are on a gravel road. Look at photos so you know what you're getting into. No mountain views. Wooded forest area. What I found most cool is that this trail goes through the Bent Experimental Forest (Pisgah National Forest), and there were interpretive signs explaining various types of forest management: single tree selection, group selection, clear cut, etc. If you are interested in forest management practices, definitely check this network of trails out. The loop I did (see recorded) provided a 4.2 mile walk. In retrospect, the descent at the end was fairly hard (on my knees!), and I wouldn't choose to do it that way again. I should have consulted the topography better before selecting the route.

The trail through dense woods, did not provide many scenic views, and is mostly used by mountain bikers. The bike traffic made for hiking uncomfortable at times and I expected more views of the surrounding hills.

This trail takes you through a beautiful forest. It is easy, quiet, and lovely.

I started on the beach side. $2 to park there if the free lot is full. At the beach go right or left and follow the Homestead trail (orange). there are some crossings that aren't signed well so use this app to find the right way.

Solid run. If you do the loop counter clockwise, you'll be road running all the way to the top and there's a lot of sun midday (so I would recommend this as a morning/evening run). But beautiful single track through the forest on the descent.

Dogs had a blast and there are so many trails to turn off on and explore.

Relaxing hike close to Asheville NC. The hike up is moderately challenging with a few views from the woods. The trip down is mostly along an old fire access road with nicer views, but is quite easy and a bit boring.

Really liked this one. Very pretty. Trails were super well-maintained. Markers say “more difficult” but it’s really not bad at all

Fun and an easy place to run!

mountain biking
9 months ago

Great trail, it has everything. The climb from the Pinnacle Rice parking lot is just about 5 miles all uphill. The descent is challenging or thrilling depending on your definition of fun! I’m in-between, probably ride the brakes too much but I ride to enjoy another ride!

Not many hikers and only a few hikers. Very easy hike.

Have walked these trails numerous times while living in the Asheville area. Nice area to spend an afternoon.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Excellent little trail with a variety of alternative trails that connect to this one. Most of these trails allow mountain biking so if you are planning to hike this area be ready to deal with the bikers. I did notice a couple of the trails are dedicated to hiking only, this is not one.

hiking
11 months ago

Wonderful scenery, great for dogs, some bikers, great parking area

Beautiful trails up to Ingles field. This was and will be a repeat Trail for me.

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Nice hike. Variety of routes. Watch out for mountain bikers...

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Nice Hike, but way to much mountain bikers.

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Great non-technical climb that peaks at 5 miles from from the parking area. The downhill is fast and has a few spots that require concentration including a few constructed jumps. The jumps can be avoided for those that want to keep their wheels on the ground. At over 12 miles and 1,800+ feet of climbing this is a great workout.

It's a nice hike, although there is really no scenery. My biggest complaint is that once you get to the top, you're basically walking on a road for two miles. This would be a much better trail for mountain biking or if you just wanted to exercise rather. If going in the summer, be advised that there will be a LOT of people on this and surrounding trails.

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