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Bent Creek Experimental Forest

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Bent Creek Trail System

This is a wonderful park close to Asheville, not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway. It lies next to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Asheville, North Carolina
Very good outdoor experience for summer, here's why...

We are currently local to the experimental forest and make it a place to go during the summer... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2017
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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Located within the Pisgah National Forest, this 6,300-acre area is home to the North Carolina Arboretum.
Asheville, NC
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful park close to Asheville, not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway. It lies next to the Arboretum, which is its own joy. Incidentally, if you care to hike to the Arboretum from outside the property, it's free. But be mindful of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MacNamband
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

I was in AVL for a conference and wanted to go for a trail run. I learned to run trails in Bent Creek so this was basically going to see an old friend. The trailheads can get busy during good weather. If you can carpool...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Terry B
Reviewed October 1, 2018

We enjoyed a hike with friends on our trip to Asheville. We took a trail that brought us to a large waterfall that you could also access closer if you desired. Some good hills and climbs too!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank P O
Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

This is the best place in Asheville to Mountain bike or hike! It is well kept! Everyone is so friendly and helpful! There is a lake with a beach area, and a Great camping area!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 732granth
Reviewed April 6, 2018

We love to head over to Bent Creek to get out on our bikes or for a run. Gets a little crowded at times but typically you can get in a great ride or run.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Brian D
Reviewed December 9, 2017

This is a great spot for hiking and mountain biking right on the edge of Asheville. Wide variety of trails for most skill levels.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed October 3, 2017

If you brought your mountain bike, Bent Creek has 6000 acres of trails for you to ride. None of the riding is very technical but plan on doing some climbing. The trails lead out from the main road and go up hill since the road...More

Date of experience: November 2016
2  Thank Frank T
Reviewed August 20, 2017

We are currently local to the experimental forest and make it a place to go during the summer. Why? 1. A short drive from town. 2. Good (though not always plentiful) parking options. 3. Largely road bed grade means we can walk side by side....More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank 2Whitakers
Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

Bailey bike park was closed for the day so I visited bent creek. Great park. Tons of parking. Very nice people there. Trails are clearly marked and there are trail maps along the trail in several areas. Really beautiful place to get lost in.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Michael R
Reviewed August 4, 2017

This forest was founded in 1925 and is the oldest experimental forest east of the Mississippi River. It offers hiking trails as well as mountain biking trails. We hiked for a while until the snowy trail prevented us from going any further. We couldn't fully...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank cheryl h
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Response from 732granth | Reviewed this property |
There are 3 to 4 good hotels just a mile up the road from the entrance to Bent Creek
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April 8, 2016|
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Response from Stephen H | Reviewed this property |
Their web page seems to be down, but you can try the following telephone # (828) 667-5261 .