Hard Times Road Trail

EASY 34 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
856 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

17 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

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

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5 months ago

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

mountain biking
6 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.

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walking
Thursday, November 03, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

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