Pine Tree Loop Trail — Bent Creek Experimental Forest

Enka, North Carolina

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At times, especially in summer and fall, the area can be congested, but if you hike during the off-season or on a weekday, it is a perfect place to hike with your dog. If hiking during fall hunting season (in North Carolina, hunting seasons run from September to May), place a blaze orange vest on your dog, since hunting is permitted in the national forest. Currently, hunting is prohibited on Sundays throughout the state. The Pine Tree Loop Trail is one of many great little hikes in the Bent Creek area, winding through forests and fields and crossing enough streams to keep dogs interested, alert, and happy. Although mountain bikes are allowed on this trail, it is flat and wide enough for users to safely pass each other.
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

At times, especially in summer and fall, the area can be congested, but if you hike during the off-season or on a weekday, it is a perfect place to hike with your dog. If hiking during fall hunting season (in North Carolina, hunting seasons run from September to May), place a blaze orange vest on your dog, since hunting is permitted in the national forest.

Currently, hunting is prohibited on Sundays throughout the state. The Pine Tree Loop Trail is one of many great little hikes in the Bent Creek area, winding through forests and fields and crossing enough streams to keep dogs interested, alert, and happy. Although mountain bikes are allowed on this trail, it is flat and wide enough for users to safely pass each other.

© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Enka
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 270 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,100 feet
Top Elevation: 2,400 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bent Creek Experimental Forest;Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Dunsmore Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Pine Tree Loop Trail — Bent Creek Experimental Forest

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