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Bent Creek Experimental Forest

Asheville, NC
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Very good outdoor experience for summer, here's why...

We are currently local to the experimental forest and make it a place to go during the summer... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Awesome hiking and biking park.

Bailey bike park was closed for the day so I visited bent creek. Great park. Tons of parking. Very... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
Michael R
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Located within the Pisgah National Forest, this 6,300-acre area is home to the North Carolina Arboretum.
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  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible9%
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are currently local to the experimental forest and make it a place to go during the summer. Why? 1. A short drive from town. 2. Good (though not always plentiful) parking options. 3. Largely road bed grade means we can walk side by side....More

Thank 2Whitakers
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Bailey bike park was closed for the day so I visited bent creek. Great park. Tons of parking. Very nice people there. Trails are clearly marked and there are trail maps along the trail in several areas. Really beautiful place to get lost in.

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 4 August 2017

This forest was founded in 1925 and is the oldest experimental forest east of the Mississippi River. It offers hiking trails as well as mountain biking trails. We hiked for a while until the snowy trail prevented us from going any further. We couldn't fully...More

Thank cheryl h
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Very convenient location, right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway and near to the I-26 and I-40 intersection.

1  Thank 155PaulD155
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

If you are a runner, hiker, outdoor enthusiast, then this is a great location for you! Dogs are great companions also if you have the opportunity. The maintained paths are to be admired and the wildlife is accessible. Happy Hiking

1  Thank Matthew S
Reviewed 7 February 2017

We live very close to Bent Creek, but we tent camp with kids at Bent Creek almost every year, just because it's so convenient. The camp sites are well maintained and quiet, and the bath houses are clean and have showers. Lake Powhatan is small...More

3  Thank rebecca287
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...More

4  Thank Ma_2719
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....More

2  Thank Megan C
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.

2  Thank Stephen H
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!

2  Thank Jack W
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Nan L
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Response from Stephen H | Reviewed this property |
Their web page seems to be down, but you can try the following telephone # (828) 667-5261 .