Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Found a parking spot near the trail head. It was a lovely walk with lots to see in early spring. First half is all uphill. Gravel road calls for hard soled hiking shoes not sneakers.

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
4 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
6 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
6 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.

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

Nice Hike, but way to much mountain bikers.

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.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice easy road but if you're hiking watch out for the bikers!

mountain biking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

This is an excellent trail for hiking, biking, and fishing since the trail follows the river. Park at the main lot for Hard Times Road and begin down the gravel road. If you turn right at the first intersection it leads to Lake Powhatan. Turn left and it eventually leads to the NC Arboretum. There are places to stop and enjoy the flowers and river.

We wanted a short hike but found no trail maps and paths in many directions that made it confusing. Great trail but suggest better trail markers or maps.

mountain biking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I have done this trail many time it's a tough uphill and a fun downhill

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Good trail. Watch out for the bikers.

Monday, March 06, 2017

haha, Todd. yes, this is meant for downhill mountain biking.

Frequent favorite of ours. Brought our little one here beginning around 4yrs old. Just be careful with the little ones around the small bridge, where they love to throw rocks and leaves into the stream below. It doesn't have any railings. Our kiddo took a header off the bridge & got four stitches.

Monday, October 24, 2016

We enjoyed this trail on Sunday! Hiked to lake Powhatan, even though it's more of a pond, it's beautiful and has some good fishing and this section below the lake is hatchery supported all the way down until you reach the arboretum where there is no fishing. You can make this hike as short or as long as you like. Heavily trafficked area but other than that we enjoyed it and will be going again soon!

Pleasant hike, very peaceful.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

This is a very nice, clear, graveled trail. Some gradual elevations. Very few people using it, perhaps because we went on a Thursday morning/afternoon. Enjoyed this with my Mastiff.

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Very pretty forest views. I included this trail with my visit to the NC Arboretum.

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Nice hike through the trees with some pretty creek views.

Not much for views but a nice hike

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Wide trail, easy elevation. Good groups of hikers.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Super convenient to Asheville in location. Heavily trafficked. Look for Biltmore in the distance when the trees are bare.

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