Hard Times Road Trail

EASY 22 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
948 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

mountain biking
6 days 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.

20 days ago

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5 months ago

walking
6 months ago

7 months ago

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!

7 months ago

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
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

Wide trail, easy elevation. Good groups of hikers.

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Saturday, April 23, 2016

hiking
Saturday, February 27, 2016

hiking
Saturday, January 02, 2016

hiking
Sunday, December 13, 2015

cross country skiing
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Nice trail with scenic views and information signs.

hiking
Monday, October 12, 2015

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!