Hard Times Road Trail

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Hard Times Road Trail is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Asheville, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.1 miles
856 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips









2 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

mountain biking
7 months ago

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.

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!

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.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

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

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.

cross country skiing
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Nice trail with scenic views and information signs.

mountain biking
Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Great for daily mountain biking

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Beautiful trail with lake and waterfall! very dog friendly as well!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Beautiful place to go on a quick walk, run or hike by yourself, with friends and/or dogs. Transplant from California and this trail is one of my favorites in this area.

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Trail is just south of Asheville, NC. Near the Blue Ridge Parkway and the NC Arboredum. Easy flat trail through the forest.

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