Bent Creek Gap Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Henderson County and Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 4.6 miles long and begins at 2,209 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,675 feet. The Wesley Branch Trailhead Parking can be seen along the trail.
Bent Creek Gap Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"Bent Creek is the twelfth man of this guide, the hike that makes it not by word of mouth or high profile, but because we discovered it. A hike stumbled upon by spotting a bunch of cars parked along a narrow pullout and having a few extra minutes. A hike to exclaim over, “Holy moly! How come I didn’t know about this?” From the parking lot, head down the Deer Lake Lodge Trail on an old macadam footpath. This is an educational forest, meaning there are occasional informative plaques along the way. One of the first tells you that you’re walking through an area that was farmland or pastureland until the turn of the twentieth century. There’s a bit about forest succession, about how the mature pines were harvested in 1967 allowing the oaks, sourwoods, hickories, and red maples to take over."
--Joe Miller, 100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books).
"This loop explores the western portion of Bent Creek, which is traveled mostly by mountain bikers. But don’t let the fat-tire enthusiasts keep you off the trails. You’ll enjoy terrifi c views from Stradley Mountain, and there’s plenty of room on the trails for everyone. Th is route off ers a diverse range of technical singletrack trail, old roadbeds, and wellmaintained dirt roads. A strenuous climb up Green’s Lick Trail will reveal views of west Buncombe and south Asheville. From Ingles Field Gap, a gentle downhill stroll will lead back to your car at the trailhead."
--Jennifer Pharr Davis, Five-Star Trails: Asheville (Menasha Ridge Press).
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