Whether you’re a novice or experienced mountain biker, The North Carolina Arboretum’s diverse landscapes and trails offer miles and miles of biking routes. Parking and trail entry points can be found at the Arboretum’s recreational parking area near the front entrance and at the Production Greenhouse. Please be mindful of hikers and Arboretum vehicles while on trails.
Easy Biking Trails:
Bent Creek Road – 1.3 miles
Bent Creek Road is a gravel-surfaced corridor shared by pedestrians, pets on leashes and cyclists. The 12-foot wide road follows Bent Creek for the length of the Arboretum property with several adjoining roads leading off out of the Arboretum and into the Pisgah National Forest. The majority of the road is flat and is perfect for novice bikers or those looking for longer routes connecting into the Bent Creek Experimental Forest and Lake Powhatan.
Old Mill Trail – 0.3 miles
The Old Mill Trail connects the trailhead/recreation parking area at the Arboretum’s main entrance to Bent Creek Road. After leaving the trailhead parking area, turn to the left around the pipe gate. Cross the bridge and the trail will begin to the right through the woods. This trail is named for the old grist mill that existed in the area around the viaduct bridge.
Wolf Branch Road – 0.3 miles
Beginning at the Production Greenhouse parking lot, Wolf Branch Road is a short connector to Bent Creek Road, leading into the Bent Creek Experimental Forest and Lake Powhatan.
Moderate Biking Trails:
Running Cedar Road – 0.5 miles
Running Cedar Road is a gravel surfaced road which allows bikers, hikers, and pets on leashes access from the main garden area to Bent Creek Road.
Rocky Cove Road – 0.5 miles
Rocky Cove Road connects Bent Creek Road to the Owl Ridge Trail. The best example of Southern Appalachian cove hardwood forest on the property can be found here.
Difficult Biking Trails:
Owl Ridge Trail – 0.94 miles
The Owl Ridge Trail is the upper portion of a recreational loop used by bikers, hikers and pets on leashes. This naturally surfaced section of the loop is about .94 miles joining Rocky Cove Road with Hard Times Road, and is a connection to the lower trail which crosses the creek to rejoin Bent Creek Road making the whole loop about 3.5 miles.
Hard Times Road – 0.8 miles
Beginning at the recreational parking lot, Hard Times Road is a short, yet steep biking trail that connects to the Pisgah National Forest. Once off Arboretum property, the road drops in elevation and connects with Bent Creek Road near Lake Powhatan.