Bent Creek Gap Road

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

Elevation Gain1,675ft
Trailhead Elevation2,209ft
Elevation Min/Max2194/3281ft
Elevation Start/End2209/2209ft

Bent Creek Gap Road

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. This trail connects with the following: Boyd Branch Road, Wash Creek Road, Campground Connector, Lower Sidehill Trail, Shut-In, 479h, Explorer Loop Connector and Lower Sidehill Connector.

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Joe Miller
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"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."

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Trail Information

Blue Ridge Parkway
Nearby City
Blue Ridge Parkway
Skill Level
Fires Creek Wildlife Management Area
Local Contacts
USGS Asheville, Enka
Local Maps

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