Looking for a great trail near Arden, North Carolina? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, 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 Caesars Head State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Powhatan Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Arden ranging from 1.7 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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This is my favorite trail to do when I don’t want to drive more than 15min to go hiking (I live in Asheville). You can do as much or as little of it as you’d like and start at different places each time. There are nice forest and mountain views and it’s both challenging and easy at various points. Very versatile! Also more dirt and leaves than rocks, which my tiny dog prefers.

backpacking
rocky
15 days ago

Started early and hiked counter clockwise and had the trail to ourselves. When we reached the overlooks around noon still saw very few people on the trail. As soon as we hit hard rock trail the trail was packed. Overall good trail but start early or you will be mobbed by other adventures

hiking
muddy
16 days ago

nice hike through the woods, but the overview is on the road. You don't have to hike to it.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful but mostly walking on gravel roads.

This is a short and rather unremarkable loop. We made our way about 2 miles from the end of pavement up the bumpy (but not too bad) forest service road to the trail head. You start in a nice field used by horseback riders/campers. Trail climbs about 400-500 feet up through young hardwoods, with a lot of Yellow Poplars. At the top, you come back down on an old mountain road, most likely originally cut for logging. The downslope goes through an area nearly clear cut years ago, back to join the forest road you started out on.

Moderate. Road noise wasn’t bad. Withers a Jain link fence between Shut-in and Hard Times at the Arboretum.

ohv/off road driving
1 month ago

Very pretty area but just a dirt road through the woods. Could drive with virtually any car.

Very fun and beautiful.. no way to hide from the sun in a lot of spots tho. don't go if it's hot and bring some sunblock and a hat

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

If this review was just for Bad Fork I would give it a 5, as it was very well maintained and quite peaceful, lots of shade and water source of an adjacent running creek if you have a filter. I didn’t see another soul on this part of the loop, unless you count a black bear I heard and spotted a hundred or so feet off trail. I would suggest just doing the Bad Fork section out and back if you want some solitude. The forest road section is highly trafficked by cars and mountain bikers and so I thought it a bit distracting since I like to hike forest floor as opposed to gravel. Good workout though!

Steep, but great a trail with lots of ups and downs.

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

Not even close to moderate. Easy gravel road, traversable with a mini van

hiking
blowdown
rocky
3 months ago

A fine trail

hiking
off trail
4 months ago

The west part of the north loop by hard times appears to be a long social trail. The cutover back to hard times is overgrown and easy to miss.

This trail was awesome, it was a mile climb to start off but over that it flattens out for a bit only went a 2 miles but definitely will be coming back to accomplish the full 15 miles. Very manicured, wildlife as well.

great for kids on a rainy day, nice bathrooms @ the beach area. enjoy

Took this trail around to the beach and back! Nice views of the creek, a couple bridges. Easy. Watch out for bikers.

running
5 months ago

Runners: make sure to check the elevation changes! This road is a gradual descend to start and then when you turn around, it’s all ascending. Great for hill work!

Our adaptation of getting to the Blue Ridge Parkway!

Did with kids. Lots of water features and the lake and a dam.

hiking
6 months ago

I would really give this a 3.5: it’s part of bent creek trail system, so by itself it’s not that exciting by itself, but it’s a good place to start and you can get creative with your course. Good access though and I’ll probably do it again.

hiking
7 months ago

It was a good hike but hard to find the turnaround point. I would say that the first part was easy but the second part was up hill and more moderate. All in all, it was a fun hike but no signs and the paths were poorly marked.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

This trail was anything but easy! It is very poorly marked. The left side of the trail is pretty easy but the right side of the basically straight up. At one point, we were climbing on hands and knees up the rocks. It was an adventure but not one I care to repeat anytime soon!

perfect hike with kids

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

The good stuff: 6 miles on an unexpected non-rainy day with stints of sun alongside the love of my life - you can’t really have a bad day.! Asheville area is so beautiful! The not so good: this “trail” is a collection of pieces of other trails. It mainly features an un-inspiring, partially gravel road through the forest. There are sections where you are near the lake and Bent Creek - not bad. Once you go around the lake look to get off the black top to your left (don’t keep following the black top, obviously). Once you cross a wooden bridge go up a short set of steps and back onto black top (downhill to your right) for about 50 yards then look for Pine Creek Loop trail marker on your left. From there it is all trail. Encountered several bikers - mostly enough room to dodge each other with no problems. As Gaia is a battery suck make sure you have full battery before you start to stay on track. Just very so-so.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

This is a fun moderate trail that I hiked with my Beagle. There is no good view along the trail and I initially had a bit of a hard time finding the start of it. It does get a bit steep and rocky so I recommend hiking boots.

First part looped back but after crossing creek nice uphill in forest.

Nice trail with a solid leg warmer incline when you start near the Arboretum. Superb vistas in the fall. One of my local favs!

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