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Best trails in Arden

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Looking for a great trail near Arden, North Carolina? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Gorges State Park or Jones Gap State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Green River Gameland or Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Arden ranging from 1 to 15.8 miles and from 2,004 to 5,275 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Arden
Top trails (16)
#1 - Bent Creek Educational Forest Trail
Powhatan Recreation Area
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 47 m
#2 - Shut-in Trail: Sleepy Gap to Reynolds Gap
Arden, North Carolina
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
#3 - Shut-In Trail -North to South
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 15.8 mi • Est. 9 h 57 m
#4 - Lake Powhatan Loop via South Ridge Road
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
This loop utilizes several trails: Hard Times Road, South Ridge Road, Sleepy Gap Trail, Explorer Loop, Pine Tree Loop, Homestead Trail, Hard Times Spur, back to Hard Times Road to Mile 0.Show more
#5 - Hard Times Loop
Arden, North Carolina
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 2 h 55 m
Start at Hardtimes Road, turn left at BCT (Bent Creek Trail), follow all the way to just before the parking lot near Arboretum entrance. Turn Right at HTR (Hard Times Road), follow trail past Owl Ridge, Shut-In, Rocky Cove and South Ridge until arriving at bridge just before Hard Times Spur/ BCT. Turn Right at Hard Times Spur/ BCT. Shortly after, turn left on Hardtimes Road toward parking lot starting point. Run route counter-clockwise to front-load elevation. Show more
#6 - Collier Cove Nature Preserve
Arden, North Carolina
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 39 m
#7 - Shut In, Bent Creek Gap Road, South Ridge Road, Sleepy Gap Trail
Arden, North Carolina
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
#8 - Wash Creek Road
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 11.4 mi
This route follows National Forest Service Road #5000 [Wash Creek] from Blue Ridge Parkway to North Mills River Recreational Area. Campsites are available on either side of the road. Mostly gravel/dirt. Show more
#9 - Cold Knob Ridge
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 51 m
#10 - Bear Branch Loop Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
Beautiful trails for mountain biking or hiking through forest near N. Mills River.Show more
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