Bent Creek

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.42 out of 5
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Intermediate
30.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 1,100 ft
2,155
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Bent Creek is the go-to trail system for the greater Asheville area, and with the deeply-ingrained mountain bike culture in the Asheville/Brevard area, and Western North Carolina in general, Bent Creek sees a ton of traffic. There are several different trailheads and ways to access the trail, and many weekends all of the trailheads are all filled to overflowing. Cars that can't fit into the parking lots line the nearby forest roads, and Lake Powhatan Campground is usually filled as well. This might be the busiest mountain bike trail in North Carolina... and as you'll see if you ride here, there's a good reason for it!

The trail system is composed of two very different areas: a flatter area, and a much more mountainous section on the ridge.

There are numerous singletack and doubletrack trails in the lower, much flatter areas near Lake Powhatan. These are great beginner trails or warm up/cool down sections. These segments include Deerfield Loop, Explorer Loop, Homestead, Lower Sidehill Trail, Pinetree Loop, and others.

If you're looking for a climbing challenge and/or some killer high-speed descending, the place to go is definitely towards the ridge. Green's Lick is the widely-renowned descent, and if you're riding here, you have to ride it! Green's Lick is very fast, flowy, jump-filled, full of massive berms and wallrides to rail (even bigger than those on Ingles Field Gap and Wolf Branch), a few rock gardens, several technical rock features, and offers absolutely no respite until you reach the bottom!

Other trails on the ridge that work well as climbs or descents include Ingles Field Gap, Wolf Branch, and others.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: Which is the flatter section? -Guest

A: There's a short trail around the lake starting from Hard Times trail head and a series of service roads around that area which are pretty forgiving. If you want elevation gain with great single track downhill take the North Boundary Road and head down Ingles Gap Connector... a favorite ride.

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Q: hey i am from out of town and want to know if there is a website or something that will tell me if the trails are open and the conditions of this trail.. thanks -nate_smith_1029

A: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsm8_050251.pdf

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System Trails (14)
System Trails (14)
Sidehill
Green's Lick
Little Hickory Top / 136
Lower Sidehill / 137a
Homestead / 333
Deerfield Loop / 335
Pinetree Loop / 336
Explorer Loop / 337
Ledford / 660
Hardtimes Connector / 661
Deer Lake Lodge / 664
Boyd Branch / 665
Wolf Branch / 666
North Boundary Road / 135
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Reviews (89)
 

Gramcounter

July 9, 2018
MikeyO Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great Area!!! A lot of uphill and downhill. Beautiful country. Make sure you are in shape. More Roots and rocks than I expected. I would definitely put some gnarly tires on. I only had a rock razor on the rear and got a pinch flat. I was surprised I didn't cut my tire. The rock is a shale type sharp rock.

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Gramcounter

May 30, 2017
 
Review: amazing trails. i had a great time riding all day. try deer loop trails there are about 10-20 rollers in a row. would ride again. one thing that mad me not give 5 starts is the lack of well constructed burms. the trails could really have a very different and better fell if there were even as few as 5 burms. maybe i just needed to ride black diamond trails to get the burms i looked for but still amazing.

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Granny Gear

May 1, 2017
Chrismj51 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great trails close to town. I enjoy deer field loop and hard times trails.

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Singletrack


March 29, 2017
 
Review: I've only ridden here a couple times, because usually when I make the trek to NC, it's to ride in Brevard. Fun trails, but as many mentioned, they can be busy. Green's Lick is not to be missed if you ride here.

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Bunny Hop

December 29, 2016
 
Review: Trails were in great shape despite some rain. It wasn't too crowded either.

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Granny Gear

September 10, 2016
 
Review: Overall fun, easy park. Nothing there that a cardio-seasoned beginner can't handle. Although any descent from Five Points is going to be fast and brake heavy for a beginner!

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Gramcounter

September 4, 2016
sleahcim Gramcounter  
 
Review: I know a lot of people love this trail but I attribute it mostly to its proximity to Asheville. While the trails are fun I don't consider it even close to a 5 as so many of these ratings reflect. Too crowded, too used, not enough variety for my taste. But that's just me. Obviously many others feel differently.

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Granny Gear

August 13, 2016
 
Review: AWESOME first ride here today! 8-13-2016. Meet a group of 3 locals and we went to the top of a mountain (very advanced), and literally FLEW down! What a blast! I can only remember Star wars, and 5 points I think, but the trail condition and fun factor was off the chart! Parking was thick on a Saturday around 8:30am , but was very worth while coming out here today. I tried hard to find an address, best way is to GPS to Bent Creek Baptist Church, the entrance is across the street from the church. Hope this helps someone.

Similar Trail: Warrior creek, Wilksboro NC

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Gnarly


June 2, 2016
dlaido Gnarly  
 
Review: Good mix of trails. Plenty of beginner trail but must hit Green's Lick. It's a pretty good climb to get there (nothing steep but seemed relentless for a Florida rider) but well worth it for the 15 minute descent.

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Doubletrack


May 12, 2016
bikeit420 Doubletrack  
 
Review: Rode here on a weekday around noon. Was pretty busy for a weekday. On a trip from NY to FL and hit this on the way. Awesome trail in the Asheville area. Lots of reddish clay and rolling downhills. Nice rideable berms and great trail system. Pretty easy to find your way around. Plenty of parking and restrooms. Several creek crossings and plenty of beginner to intermediate and some crazy nice downhill sections. Some short climbs but no shame in walking when you old and fat like me. If your in Asheville area, don't miss this. Very busy trail. Pretty easy to bail and find your way back to your car.

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