Explore the most popular birding trails near Arden with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

I started on the beach side. $2 to park there if the free lot is full. At the beach go right or left and follow the Homestead trail (orange). there are some crossings that aren't signed well so use this app to find the right way.

Have walked these trails numerous times while living in the Asheville area. Nice area to spend an afternoon.

hiking
Sunday, November 19, 2017

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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Very few people, which is great. But nothing to make this trail too interesting- majority of the trail was a gravel road.

Frequent favorite of ours. Brought our little one here beginning around 4yrs old. Just be careful with the little ones around the small bridge, where they love to throw rocks and leaves into the stream below. It doesn't have any railings. Our kiddo took a header off the bridge & got four stitches.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Parking across the road from Horse camp entrance and trail head is right there to left of the entrance gate. Trail is blazed blue in trees at intersections. Starts to get a little steeper before you encounter the road. Turn right into road and it will bring you back down to the forest road, turn right again and it's about .25 mile or so back to trailhead. Nice, easy and very quiet. On the way back down on the road, there is a turn to the right that goes uphill, I did not explore where this leads but went up a little ways for some decent views. Enjoy!

hiking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Great single track trail. Steep but good long trail

This trail is pretty and has a lake that is open to the public during the summer months. There is also a small dam on one side of the lake that is pretty cool. Some of the trails are not marked and if you don't know the area it can be a bit confusing. This area is very popular for MTN biking in WNC.

mountain biking
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

OK trail for hiking or mountain biking.

hiking
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

wasn't very impressed with this trail, it can be overly used with many sections crossing over mountain bike trails. however, its easy to access & there is a nice swimming area along it--however, i'm not entirely sure it's open to the public...

mountain biking
Friday, December 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.

mountain biking
Friday, September 17, 2010

First time at Bent Creek and had a great time. Drove from Charlotte, NC and took 2hr to get there. You could spend 2 days exploring the trails and I would recommend doing that. Great climbs and downhills. What I like most was I did the 12 miles in one big loop. A lot of trails here in Charlotte are small 1 to 3 mile loops in one area. I will be back for an overnight Only one negative I could come up with... there arent a lot of views of the mountainsides. Great for a hot summer day.

hiking
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Popular with Mt. bikers. Easy to get a little turned around.

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