The main trail is basically a gravel road. the alternate trails are not marked. A lot of bikes on the trail.

Nice. Best for mountain biking, go counterclockwise in the loop.

Just a lot of Forrest. No views.

Es un excelente espacio para disfrutar la naturaleza y hacer un muy buen ejercicio eso si cuidado con las personas que bajan en bicicleta recomendaciones llevar agua y un buen par de zapatos para hiking.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Fun, technical, fast

A good quick day hike.

Awesome trail with plenty of options to take alternate paths. Good amount of water keeps it peaceful on the hike. We had four boys aged 5 to 12 and managed well. No part was too steep.

One of the most popular trails in Asheville. Heavy traffic, bikers, fishermen, dogs on leashes and free roaming dogs too, don’t forget the boards tourists and locals. If you want a quiet hike this is not your place to go. The walk around the lake is nice and easy for the average person. Be fair warned that there are people who hate dogs that come to bent creek and will yell verbally assaultive words. Personally, I have stepped off the National Forest road with my dog on a leash and still was verbally assaulted by a biker who saw us parked on the side of the road for clearly 5 minutes before he was even close to us. It’s happened more than once, and my dog is a certified k9 good citizen just minding her own business. The culture is that it’s ok to let ur dog run free at bent creek but that’s not the case all the time, if you want to avoid being blindsided by screams of anger or called names bc Your dog is with you, start with putting ur dog on a leash and have control. I looked up the official rules and it says bikers have to yield to hikers, but at bent creek the culture is different, bikers typically don’t yield and hikers usually yield to them.

An easy but somewhat steep downhill for a short distance. Beautiful walk beside a bubbling stream. Worthy hike..

One that you can jump on and off to a couple different trails

hiking
5 months ago

Nice easy trail with gradual ups and downs. Very quiet and scenic; enjoyable and a fun way to spend a few hours!

horseback riding
5 months ago

great trails through this area. lots of weekend use with mostly great people. there are often people with uncontrolled and dangerous dogs off leash

Basic open trails. A lot of mountain bikes on the trails. A good easy hike with wide trails.

By taking some side trails I got an 11 mile hike out of starting at Bent Creek trailhead. Some elevation gain so a good workout can be had. The path is mostly on old timber roads through an "experimental growth forest" so it is very interesting to follow the forestry signs along the way. Not as good as the further out of Asheville hikes in the Pisagh, but if a little shorter on time it's worth the walk.

Lovely trail to walk close to home. Great views around the lake.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

on Hard Times Road Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Assuming we took the correct trail since it matched the map with this app, this is a beginners trail at best. The whole trail is a fire access road. If you are still intent on hiking this “road”, it start to the right of the parking lot. When you come to the T in the road, take the path to the right then not to far down the trail, there will be a bridge to the left. After taking the bridge stay on path to the left to remain on hard times trail. About 3.5 miles in, there is a gate for the arboretum that may or may not be locked. For true hikers, I recommend choosing another trail.

mountain biking
rocky
8 months ago

Great trail lots of jumps and technical sections.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Sick loop, first part is a intense climb. Lots of jumps that will send you flying high!

mountain biking
9 months ago

If you’re a MTB don’t do this trail in the direction advised. You’ll be disappointed with a easy gravel dissent. Do it the opposite direction for a more fun technical dissent.

Tim and Faith adjacent to Arboretum Steep climb at first .

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Very rocky trail which is the main downside. Mostly walking on even-level ground that ascends and descends. It just happened to be an extension of Owl Ridge trail to complete a loop back to Bent Creek. Otherwise could have done without it.

mountain biking
9 months ago

It’s a good long steady climb up a gravel road then a sharp turn to head back down the mountain. I’m relatively new to mountain biking and the way down gave me everything I could handle, wouldn’t recommend for those newer or not comfortable doing some intense downhills. Heavily trafficked on weekends so lots of other riders (mostly really experienced riders) so it can get pretty congested.

Good trail for us, who are pretty new to hiking.

Nice easy hike. Multiple trails throughout. Watch out for the bikers!

it was still exercise for me and my beagle, and time in the woods, but I have a hard time calling walking on gravel hiking. rice pinnacle road is pretty boring, and exposed to sun, no canopy. 1 partial view. after rice pinnacle it's more like hiking. I have no problem with sharing trail with bikers, but if you do, find a different area. near the end of hike, just before rice pinnacle road, I came upon a big 300+ pound mama bear and 2 Cubs. way too close 15-20', thankfully her cubs were on her side of trail. I didnt get between. I was too concerned with my dog and I surviving to attempt taking any photos.

hiking
off trail
10 months ago

Good trail if u like the nature . But we looped around using the owl trail amd Bent creek trail which was very good! Saw a black snake. So be careful!

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

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