October 19, 2015
Depending on what you are seeking, I would rate these trails either a 5 or a 2. The easy trails rate a 5 if you are seeking a leisurely outing through a scenic setting. The landscape is beautiful here. Riding along the French Broad River presents a charming and picturesque view. Certain areas remind me of Europe. Very relaxing. Very fun. The more difficult portions of the trail system were not as fun for us mainly because it was not as well maintained. It was a little overgrown which made it somewhat tight. The climbs were also a little difficult. Not many rolling hill sections, fun little turns, or scenic views on these sections of the trail. Just too much work for the payoff in my opinion. I would rate the more difficult trails a 2. We have a Biltmore Season Pass and our own mountain bikes so there was no charge. Otherwise, it would be a little expensive if you just want to check out the more difficult sections. The Bike Barn was great. Very nice staff and good equipment (a friend rented a bike). Lunch outside at Cedric's was great and provided a nice little break. Personally, I would recommend the Biltmore Trails for the beautiful setting alone. However, if you are going strictly for the mountain bike trails through the wooded sections, you may be disappointed, especially if you have to pay the entry fee. We went on October 9th.