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Bent Creek Road

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Trail

1.9 mile 3.1 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 138' 42 m
Descent: -47' -14 m
High: 2,125' 648 m
Low: 2,032' 619 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by Lost Justpastnowhere

An easy, wide gravel path follows Bent Creek through the NC Arboretum to the real fun at Bent Creek Experimental Forest.

Lost Justpastnowhere

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

Features -none-

Family Friendly Easy, flat gravel road follows the creek.

Need to Know

There is a $14 per car parking fee (2019) for cars entering the NC Arboretum unless you have an annual membership.

Description

The trail starts about 1,000 ft into the arboretum from the trailhead just past the main entrance. This is the main "trail" through the park and very popular with hikers, strollers, dog walkers, etc. The trail is really more of a gravel road 6-8 feet wide although it narrows to a few feet after you leave the arboretum.

It follows Bent Creek the whole distance through natural forest occasionally with views but always with sounds of the creek. The manicured and curated collections are further up the hill and can be accessed using either Running Cedar Road or Wolf Branch Road. You'll have to bring a lock for the bike to visit the garden area though.

There is a gate at the property boundary, approximately 1.25 miles in, after which a narrower gravel trail continues on USFS property to the Bent Creek area. Both this gate and the vehicle gates will lock automatically when the arboretum closes each night.

There is also a Bent Creek Trail (singletrack) that parallels the road for part of the distance, but it is off limits to bicycles.

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Land Manager: North Carolina Arobretum

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