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

This trail never gets old. Within the last twenty-five years I guess I've ran, walked and plodded Hardtimes on a weekly basis.

I took my four year old with me on this hike. It was perfect for her. We went on a rainy Sunday and passed multiple people. The top was a nice view but I’m not sure I would go back. Also the watch tower is closed, however you can climb it to the closed stairs door. It was great for a rainy day adventure.

Very pretty and very easy walk , we viewed alligator turtles and hummingbirds!!

I really want to like this trail more, but just can't fall in love with it. The entire, brief hike up is entirely on a rough gravel road, leaving all sorts of little stones in your boots by the time you summit. The tower, while an interesting feature, is locked at the top and bars entry. You can climb up the steps a bit, but it only has so much appeal. The trail is also gaining in popularity, and you'll find yourself competing with quite a few others to take turns climbing up the tower steps. Speaking of the competition: There's no formal parking lot for this trail. You'll be fighting for a spot on the side of the road. I found the views really comparable to a pull-off just a half mile to the south on the BRP, and regret not putting my time on another trail instead.

hiking
23 days ago

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.

Absolutely beautiful even with a lot of people around you still can find those solitude spots for awhile

Amazing view from the top after a short walk up a gravel hill. Well worth the stop!

hiking
1 month ago

Had a great time. The view at the top is amazing!

Easy trail run

Easy trail with a beautiful view.

These are some nice walking trails. They aren't very challenging, at least the trek I took wasn't. They are nice to get out into nature and would be perfect for children and pets and families. You will have to pay a $2 per person cash fee at the campground to get to the trails and lake. If you use a credit card, it's a minimum $10 charge! Be warned.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Yes, it cost to get on the estate, but we are seasons pass holders. The trails are always in great shape and never crowded. If you live close enough to make regular trips, then it is worth getting a pass. There is so much to enjoy and the exhibits change from time to time. Plus, the gardens are always beautiful. You can find great places for picnics, or a place to just relax after a great ride.

I took a walk on this path today with my son. Its a decent gradual slope to the top. Its a pretty easy hike and the view from the top even if you don't climb the tower is beautiful. We did climb the tower and that view is even better. you can see clear to Brevard, Asheville, and Waynesville.

If you are looking for a quiet hike in nature to get away from it all, this is not it. This trail loops around part of the Asheville commuter section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, so there is quite a bit of traffic noise. But, if you want to take a quick stroll after work or dinner or take the kids on a nature scavenger hunt, this is a great place.

Dogs had a blast and there are so many trails to turn off on and explore.

Incredible sunset from the top of the tower!

Great even I the rain.

Great hike for stretching your legs.

Meh. Short hike to some decent views. You can climb the stairs to the top of the tower but it freaked me out so only went up two flights!

This loop hike will take about 30 minutes. Very kid friendly - grab an activity brochure to let the kids identify plans and bugs. Be careful when crossing the Blue Ridge Parkway at the halfway point as there is a lot of traffic on this stretch.

Network makes for a nice pick and choose hike, with a lovely rambling stream, but for mountain bikers it's a dream. Asheville NC

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

I wanted to like this hike because it’s short and should have had great views from the fire tower. But the views aren’t as good as the Looking Glass pull off on the parkway just a mile to the west. My advice is shoot your pictures from that location and skip this hike

There is one good reason to take this hike and it’s wildflowers. From mid-May thru June there’s are some pretty wildflowers along the path that make the hike worth it. (Assuming you like taking wildflower pics) If you like wildflowers then I would give this hike a 3 star rating but only in late spring

I was near the end of a 200 mile day riding the motorcycle and thought it would be a good trail to hit to see sunset and it was wonderful for a short hike right off of the parkway.

Bueno

Nice walk in the woods.. followed the bent stream... serene in April

hiking
3 months ago

Did the smaller loop but it was easy enough with a 5 year old.

A nice place for a stroll with the dogs.

3 months ago

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
3 months ago

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.

Nice walk

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