Mountain Biking Bent Creek Experimental Forest


Bike Trails in Bent Creek Experimental Forest

Distance from motel

48 minutes



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The Ingles Field Gap to Wolf Branch Descent! This is a flowy, varied and exhilarating trail descending through almost three miles of mountain forest.


The neighboring NC Arboretum charges a fee to cars at the gate, but hikers and bikers coming from Bent Creek can access the grounds at no charge. It’s a great place to learn more about WNC’s flora and fauna.


Bent Creek is known as the quick fix trail network for Asheville professionals, but it is a fantastic and varied trail network in its own right. Anywhere else in the country it would be a prime regional destination that would draw mountain bikers for hundreds of miles. Bent Creek’s 6,000 acres features over 44 miles of trails, and visitors can also enjoy Lake Powhatan Beach, and a playground, pumptrack, and jump line at Bent Creek Community Park.

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Bike Trails


The Carolina Panther


Spencer Gap - Trace Ridge Loop


Green’s Lick / Ingles Field Gap Loop



Can I camp near Bent Creek?

The Lake Powhatan Campground is located in the Lake Powhatan Recreation Area at Bent Creek. Sites are between $20 and $40 a night. Be sure to reserve a spot on the campground site.

Can you swim in Lake Powhatan?

A lifeguard is on duty Memorial Day weekend through Labor day, 8AM to sunset, unless posted otherwise.

How big is Bent Creek?

Bent Creek encompasses ~6k acres within Pisgah National Forest.