Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Gravel and rock trail that is, for the most part, and easy walk. Not a lot to see along the trail except for the wildflowers and butterflies, which my girlfriend's daughter found quite attractive. The view from the tower is great, even on a cloudy day. The tower platform is still locked but you can ascend to the landing just below, which offers grand views. I wouldn't call this a destination trail. But if you're in the area it's worth a little time.

Beautiful forest views and running creek. Signage could be better, we had trouble finding our way back.

Why does the description say it's located in Hawaii? Isn't it in North Carolina?

What a lovely little park with a meandering path, a river and beautiful flowers along the way. An easy walk and good place for a picnic.

The view at Haw Creek is worth it! It’s beautiful. Nice hike, I will say the first half is uphill. But it’s great. The highway is buzzing through most of it but I just put in my iPod and thought.

trail running
21 days ago

The trails were beautiful! But, like others have said, they are poorly marked. As long as you go into it with a good “I can get lost and it’s ok!” attitude, you’ll have fun. I took my dog and he was the only dog we saw on a leash. Not a problem for us, but if your dog isn’t friendly/doesn’t like random dogs running up to it, maybe don’t bring yours!

Half the trail is pea gravel. The other half is over rocks and stumps. It’s intense. Good ride.

(from kid's point of view) We didn't do the whole trail, but not our favorite. a road crossing and walking alongside the BRP - kind of nervewracking with 2 dogs and 3 young kids. Road noise and lots of invasive plants (English Ivy, Wisteria) which might improve as you got further in.

The area is nice for mountain biking. There’s quite a network of trails, some harder than others. Good for a day of riding when DuPont is not an option.

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.

Great trail for mountain biking! (And, there is heavy bike traffic.) I was walking and trail running. Parts of this trail are on a gravel road. Look at photos so you know what you're getting into. No mountain views. Wooded forest area. What I found most cool is that this trail goes through the Bent Experimental Forest (Pisgah National Forest), and there were interpretive signs explaining various types of forest management: single tree selection, group selection, clear cut, etc. If you are interested in forest management practices, definitely check this network of trails out. The loop I did (see recorded) provided a 4.2 mile walk. In retrospect, the descent at the end was fairly hard (on my knees!), and I wouldn't choose to do it that way again. I should have consulted the topography better before selecting the route.

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

The trail through dense woods, did not provide many scenic views, and is mostly used by mountain bikers. The bike traffic made for hiking uncomfortable at times and I expected more views of the surrounding hills.

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.

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

This trail takes you through a beautiful forest. It is easy, quiet, and lovely.

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

Took my 5 & 3 year old, its a fun little hike. Directions were slightly off, it was to my right coming in with a small bridge and asheville parks sign. Not much parking, maybe three cars in the mud along the side of the road. Really shady, ends at the blue ridge parkway where you see a teeny tiny mountain view far off and through the trees. Uphill the whole way with very gradual inclines. Lots of cool mushrooms along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

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

Perfect half day hike! Partially along BPW

Easy trail with a beautiful view.

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 views and good out and back.

Great even I the rain.

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!

Enjoyed this trail but highly disappointed that it was so close to the road and all that noise was constant. Felt like it really took away from the experience.

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