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Bent Creek Experimental Forest

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Address: Asheville, NC
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Located within the Pisgah National Forest, this 6,300-acre area is home to...

Located within the Pisgah National Forest, this 6,300-acre area is home to the North Carolina Arboretum.

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Nice place for long walks

My husband, dog and I had a couple nice hikes at Bent Creek. There are a LOT of mountain bikers, particularly on the weekend, so that does occasionally interfere with your hike... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 November 2012
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Asheville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

I visited Bent Creek for the first time on my first mountain biking trip with friends and I was impressed. It has an array of difficulties and the paths are great. The scenery, of course, is as good as it gets. It's perfect for all people of all ages and experience. Parking and admission is free (the NC Arboretum is... More 

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Asheville, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2013

This is my weekly "exercise" walk. I can do 6 miles, get some elevation in, and have all the benefits of walking in a forest. If desired, there are further hikes, or lesser. The best "green area" Asheville offers.

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Clyde, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

This area is so beautiful and diverse it is always great to visit. My main interest is the miles of mountain bike trails from relatively easy to fairly challenging and a lot of variety. There are stream crossings and great single track trails through stands of hardwoods, rhododendrons, and pines. My favorite place to ride.

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Thank Jim B
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2012

Great hiking and easy bike trails, free parking, close to town and right next to the Parkway. Nice place to bring the family- small beach hardly larger than a public swimming hole, lots of easy short hikes from the beach. BBQs all over, I love this place.

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NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2012

My husband, dog and I had a couple nice hikes at Bent Creek. There are a LOT of mountain bikers, particularly on the weekend, so that does occasionally interfere with your hike, but otherwise it's very pretty with lots of options.

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1 Thank laurenpk
Burnsville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2012

relaxing environment. Lots of trails. Something for everybody. From beginner to advanced, hiker, horseback rider, mtn. biker. pick a trail or network of trails and have a great day!

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Asheville, NC, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2012

I mountain bike here frequently as I live 30 minutes away. Large trail network with beginner to (a few sections/trails) expert level riding needed. Runners, riders, hikers, equestrians, all share this space. Bikers - YIELD to all other trail users and be nice.

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Highlands, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

If you like nature, swimming, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, foraying this is the spot to go. They have nice campground and grill out spots as well. Just give it a chance and you will love it

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Miller Place, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2012

We joined a Meetup group (over the internet ~ www.meetup.com/Asheville-MTB-Meetup-Group/) for a Wednesday night Beginner Mountain Bike Ride of the Lower Rim area. We had our own bikes and camelback hydration packs (so glad we did as I got thirsty). There were more than 15 of us and we split into two smaller groups. This ride took about two hours... More 

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Raleigh, nc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2012

Trail maps are available on line and at local bike stores. Chose the trail that fits level of fitness and energy, take water, snack and a map.

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