Bent Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The nearly 10 miles of doubletrack and singletrack open for biking in Bent Creek Experimental Forest are comprised of a 6.5-mile loop, with a 1.6-mile one-way out-and-back (3.2 miles total) tacked on for good measure. This popular trailhead, actually called Hardtimes, is named for the gated road leading to nearby Lake Powhatan. The road leads into a part of the original 1,100 acres George Vanderbuilt purchased south of Asheville, part of which now contains the Biltmore House and its estates."
--Steve Jones, Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Bent Creek North Loop starts at the heart of Bent Creek Experimental Forest and then travels up the slopes of Little Hickory Top to reach the park’s northern boundary. Scenic singletrack and well-maintained dirt roads make up the route. The highlight of the hike is reaching Ingles Field Gap and then tracing along the spine of Stradley Ridge to encounter views of west Asheville and Enka, before looping back downhill to the trailhead."
--Jennifer Pharr Davis, Five-Star Trails: Asheville (Menasha Ridge Press).
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