Bent Creek Educational Forest Trail

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Powhatan Recreation Area

Bent Creek Educational Forest Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Arden, North Carolina 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.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 141 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

A good quick day hike.

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2 months ago

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.

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6 months ago

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

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7 months ago

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10 months ago

The west part of the north loop by hard times appears to be a long social trail. The cutover back to hard times is overgrown and easy to miss.

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muddy
11 months ago

great for kids on a rainy day, nice bathrooms @ the beach area. enjoy

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Wed May 29 2019

Took this trail around to the beach and back! Nice views of the creek, a couple bridges. Easy. Watch out for bikers.

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Fri May 10 2019

Did with kids. Lots of water features and the lake and a dam.

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Thu Mar 21 2019

perfect hike with kids

Tue Jun 19 2018

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.

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Fri Dec 22 2017

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

Mon Jan 23 2017

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.

Thu Jul 30 2015

This trail is pretty and has a lake that is open to the public during the summer months. There is also a small dam on one side of the lake that is pretty cool. Some of the trails are not marked and if you don't know the area it can be a bit confusing. This area is very popular for MTN biking in WNC.

hiking
Tue Feb 14 2012

wasn't very impressed with this trail, it can be overly used with many sections crossing over mountain bike trails. however, its easy to access & there is a nice swimming area along it--however, i'm not entirely sure it's open to the public...

mountain biking
Fri Sep 17 2010

First time at Bent Creek and had a great time. Drove from Charlotte, NC and took 2hr to get there. You could spend 2 days exploring the trails and I would recommend doing that. Great climbs and downhills. What I like most was I did the 12 miles in one big loop. A lot of trails here in Charlotte are small 1 to 3 mile loops in one area. I will be back for an overnight Only one negative I could come up with... there arent a lot of views of the mountainsides. Great for a hot summer day.

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Tue Aug 10 2010

Popular with Mt. bikers. Easy to get a little turned around.

recorded Hard Times Loop

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recorded Explorer Loop

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