Hard Times Road Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Asheville, North Carolina that features a lake 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.

Length7.9 miElevation gain928 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingBeachDog friendlyForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallWildlife
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Brad DeWeese
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Hiking

Been over a decade but felt like yesterday.

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Deb Parmele
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Hiking

bikes and hikers share trail/road. Busy all year, beautiful, relaxing hike. Other trails connect.

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Aimee Tillman
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Muddy first 1/4 of trail head but beautiful snow and sunny day

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Jim Galante
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Nancy W
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Ray Horvath
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Trail was nice but some of the markings were hard to find. most of the trail was pretty icy. Trail would be nice when it's not icy. Easy hike.

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Lillian Seibert
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No signage. Can only go so far on this trail between December and March due to a fence closing off much of the downhill section. Detoured to the beach too. Found a car key and a house key hanging on a tree at an intersection where this trail and the road meet. Looks like they’ve been there a while. I added a photo of them to the gallery. Maybe they’ll find their way back home. Good hike for exercise. Pretty busy for a weekday 8am trailhead.

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Vann Jennings
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Hiking

Easy wide trail, fairly busy. Lots of good spurs to explore.

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Julie Heger
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RunningGreat!

Nice for a mellow walk/jog. Most of this is on a gravel road which doesn’t take away from the beauty so no problem as far as we were concerned.

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Carter Wood
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susan Wetmore
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Hiking

Beautiful fall hike with colorful leaves on the trees. Great trail, not to steep. Muddy in spots but very doable.

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tori anne
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WalkingMuddy

Lots of running groups but besides that it was very beautiful once we got on a path that had slower traffic

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Brent Earnest
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Sweet!

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Nancy W
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Toni Jarvinen
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Hernando Nieto
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poor signage

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Sam Jaffe
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Better for biking than hiking, but a nice walk..

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Avelino Alicea
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Benika Thompson
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It was a wonderful challenge, very steep climbs at some points and love the fact that the hikers have options. Pay attention; it’s easy to get lost if you are new and not using technology during the walk.

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Sean Hecking
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Hiking

One of my favorite bike or trail running trails year round. Spring offers great views of the valley and sometimes you can see downtown Asheville. Connects to the parkway at the top so you can keep hiking up or back down the parkway. Mostly gravel so a mixture of grinding, running and hiking.

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Taiyo Lipscomb
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Hiking

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

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

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Melissa Ball
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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.

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Shelley Williams
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Tim and Faith adjacent to Arboretum Steep climb at first .

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Shola E
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HikingRocky

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.

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Pooja Katte
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HikingOff trail

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!

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28791 28791
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HikingNo shadePrivate property

great hike but I think this trail is closer to intermediate than beginner. most of the hike is a steady incline of varying grades. still a worth while trail to tackle.

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Robert Harmison
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Mountain biking

Great coming from the Blue Ridge, super steep from the other side, but really fun overall. Of course I haven’t been biking in some time and those muscle groups definitely got a work out lol. Definitely recommend!

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Kelsea Rose Stafford
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Hiking

Pretty good trail! Nice and easy and scenic!

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