Pine Tree Loop

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Pine Tree Loop is a 3.1 mile loop trail located near Asheville, North Carolina that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 406 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

running

forest

lake

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wildlife

Relaxing trail that had places of uphill climbs that raised the heart rate. Took my dog and she enjoyed it as much as I did!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Ah it was lovely! We got out a little late around 11 so it was a bit warm. But the creek, the meadow, the uphill grades, and the smooth well maintained paths make this a lovely challenge for the less active. Some friendly mountain bikers. So you’ve got to keep a sharp eye, and give room but overall so lovely.

hiking
8 months ago

easy quick hike with nice trails and a bit of wildlife

hiking
muddy
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike!!! Watch out for mountain bikers. One almost took us out.

walking
Tue Oct 30 2018

Quiet, easy walk in the woods. keep an eye/ear out for oncoming mountain bikers.

walking
Sun Sep 30 2018

Calling this afternoon’s slow amble around Pine Tree Loop a hike would be an exaggeration of that word. It was a walk in the woods. The loop really is a slowly falling and rising bike trail. So save this one for a rainy day. Literally. Indeed, cool rainy sunsets might be invitations to slowly sip bourbon on the patio, but everyone should keep a local forest walk or three for warm rainy afternoons like today’s. It’s okay: get wet. Your clothes will dry after you replenish your soul. Walk slowly, look around, and stop frequently to listen to the symphony of water. The white patter of raindrops on the canopy, the occasional and inconsistent drips from laden leaves, the burbles and gurgles and swishes of creeks dancing. Today I had the trail to myself except for some birds and squirrels, and I watched a fox play in a puddle and deer sip from a low bank. And then, amid the green ripples under the changing percussions of falling drizzle, an older tree noisily added some twenty degrees to its ongoing topple. I’d swear that I heard a few wood nymphs cheer a life well- and long-lived and celebrate the many potentials of the new chapter in the resulting clearing.

hiking
Mon Sep 10 2018

This is a nice, shaded and easy trail to hike. It was not highly trafficked on a Sunday afternoon, and only a handful of bikers passed us. We accidentally came very close to a bear with cubs on the trail about half way, and were forced to turn back the way we came. The Ranger later told us that there is a bear den very close to the trail, so be on the lookout if you decide to hike here. Make sure you know what to do if you encounter bears on a hike! The National Park Service seems like a good source.

Mon Aug 13 2018

Great forest area with mixed use trails (walk, bike, hike, run)

Sat Jul 28 2018

Thank you thank you Eileen for your review I don’t know if we would have found it if it were not for your detailed instructions We enjoyed this trail Our last day in Asheville It rained all day But wanted to get one more hike in this pm Perfect after heavy rain

hiking
Wed Jun 27 2018

Reading the reviews, I think people took a wide variety of trails in the area and mistakenly thought they were on this one. I’m not surprised, because the trails and trailheads are not well marked. The actual Pine Tree Trail Loop has no water crossings and there is no field. Instead it’s a relatively easy hike through woods and rhododendron. It goes alongside the creek part of the way and then circles through the woods most of the way. The trailhead can be hard to find, and your hiking time can double accidentally which probably happened to a few people. Here’s how you get to the Pine Tree Loop trail. From Alltrails, if you open the directions in google maps, it will get you to the right parking area. It’s labeled Ledford Trailhead. From there, do not walk up the dirt road. That’s the wrong direction and a completely different trail. Instead, park your car, and return on foot to the paved road, and keep walking the direction you were driving. This takes you towards the campground. You’ll go past the ranger station, past a four way stop sign, then you’ll see the trailhead on the right. Follow the blue blazes to stay on the Pine Tree Trail. At the end of the loop, it puts you back on the road in a different location from where you started. This is disorienting, but you’re close to the original trailhead. If you turned right down the paved road from there, it would take you to the lake. You want to turn left to head back towards the ranger station and your car. So, plan on an extra mile of walking on the paved road in addition to your trail time. And it doesn’t hurt to bring some water and a snack along, in case you find yourself on some of the intersecting trails and doubling your hiking time, which I think is pretty commonplace.

Sun Apr 01 2018

Nice, pretty trail. A lot of mountain bikers around but enough space for bikers and hikers on most parts of the trail. Parked in the area before the “fees” sign by the bathroom. Walk up past the fee sign and there’s a ranger station, we asked him for directions to the trail. If you don’t take the connector and keep going to the left at that point, the trail ends at the lake.

hiking
Sat Mar 31 2018

Took our two small dogs here. We were impressed with the condition of the trail. It was very nice to walk on and great to just get some time in outdoors. Very easy hike. Make sure you park at the bottom/end of the road. Don’t go past the gate where there is a sign for a fee. You need to park in the areas at the bottom of that hill then walk up that road for about half a mile to get to the entrance of the trail.

hiking
Wed Jun 07 2017

Wonderfully short, but beautiful hike! No crazy altitude views, but incredibly beautiful and lush forest with a hidden historic homestead, and plenty of water crossings. I would definitly recommend this in the summer as it has a lot of shade. The only downfall is the parking and the beginning of the trail is a bit hard to find, however you can really mix and match the trail to add or decrease it's length.

Tue Apr 25 2017

Great trail for beginners

hiking
Mon Jan 16 2017

This is a popular area in a campground. That being said, in the winter it is a great area for a relaxing hike. Although the parking lot was full, we encountered only a couple people during our hike. This is a popular place for mountain biking. There are several creek crossings affording a chance to filter out some water. These creeks are shallow in most areas, so bring something to scoop with. The first third of the trail is actually a road. This is the only way in during the off-season, and is very easy. There are also a few small fields along the trail perfect for a hammock hang, tarp shelter, or just a good ol cup of coffee. Overall, a short and sweet hike.

Sat Jun 18 2016

nice canopy cover Trail.

running
Sun May 01 2016

Perfect for a trail run. Nice variety of hills with some creek crossings.

Tue Jun 02 2015

Fun and fast, lots of little rocks.

mountain biking
Sat Dec 20 2014

Nice short loop with a fun fast decent. Nothing too hard about this trail. I think Pine tree loops into Explore loop which can be a easy fun short ride.

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