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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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An idyllic respite from busy life

So close to town and yet once you're there, you feel you're a million miles away in the wilderness. There are trails galore, from a short walk around Lake Powhatan to all-day... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2015
YoginiRob
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Bent is a bear sanctuary and, as the title of the forest denotes, an experimental area for the rangers. Some studies are more than eighty years old. And it is big brother is the Pisgah National Forest. There are over 44 miles of trails for the masses. You can hike and bike. There is swimming and camping, too. There are... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

I love Bent Creek for so many reasons. First of all, it's close. I can't always escape for a whole day on a hike in the blue ridge or a 30 minute commute, this is close to Asheville and it's the perfect escape to nature. It's also free if you park at a certain place for the trails- I think... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016

This makes for a nice hiking/walking area near Asheville. It can be tough to find, so don't blindly trust your GPS.

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2 Thank Stephen H
Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

Not sure if I'm posting this review in the right spot but the mountain biking at Bent Creek is awesome!

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2 Thank Jack W
Asheville, North Carolina
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

So close to town and yet once you're there, you feel you're a million miles away in the wilderness. There are trails galore, from a short walk around Lake Powhatan to all-day treks. Good for mountain biking and great place to bring the dogs. Trails are mostly easy--flat to gently rolling terrain and much of it is on dirt roads.... More 

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2 Thank YoginiRob
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015 via mobile

I started mountain biking in the 1980's (Old School) and later got into (and became snobbish about) road biking. So I really wasn't aware of the awesomely high quality bikkes that are now on the market. I went with my son-in-law and other hard-core bikers on amazingly fun (and challenging) trails. With these new bikes I felt as if I... More 

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2 Thank steventobolsky
Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

First off, I must agree with others in that the park is a very nice layout with lots of trails available and easily accessible. However, with the exception of a few, the staff is unbearable and rude. They are more like our Military protecting a strategic base operation than they are helpful attendants at a family campground. Entering a campground,... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

Once i found this place, which was a little hard to do because it's mainly several marked and unmarked trails in a large forest. The addresses i found online for ranger stations turned out NOT to be ranger stations. I found this place by GPS to the NC Arboretum, right before the Arboretum I saw a sign for the forest,... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2015

Only 15 minutes from downtown Asheville and bordering the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest. Miles of great single track and jeep trails. Wide variety for all skill levels. Trails closest to the lake are easier, trails higher up are more technical. Greenslick is a classic but a 40 minute climb to the trailhead. Hang on tight as it... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2014

From this trail head it's a beautiful and easy walk to Bent Creek. After 1/3 mile or so you T with the Bent Creek trail. To the right is Lake Powhatan and camp sites, so you'll want to go left and walk along the creek. While the Oriental Bittersweet is taking over (like Kudzu), it's still a wonderful walk. After... More 

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