Trace Ridge and Wash Creek Loop Trail

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Pisgah National Forest

Trace Ridge and Wash Creek Loop Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Arden, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers 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 but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,712 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers



Ride out from the parking lot behind the Kiosk (left side of Kiosk). Roll down lower Trace Ridge. Then about 1/2 mile turn left down Wash Creek for a quick 1/4 mile. Then follow back to dirt road, and turn left back to parking lot. It's a easy after work ride for me. Pretty fun, ranked moderately.

Sun Nov 19 2017

This trail is more for mountain bikers. Much of the trail is gravel road.

mountain biking
Fri Dec 16 2011

Note watch out for Wash Creek trail on the left. It's easy to miss. Wash creek trail follows wash creek back to the dirt road for about 1/2 mile. Then turn left on dirt road to go back to the parking lot/kiosk.

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