Asheville and the surrounding area of Western North Carolina are renowned for mountain biking. Whether it’s a local spot to get a quick after-work ride in, or a nearby destination offering an all-day mountain-biking adventure, the Asheville area doesn’t disappoint. Here are a few favorites:
Richmond Hill Park
Located 3 miles from downtown Asheville, this park is popular with mountain bikers thanks to 5 miles of trails on both old road beds and built paths twisting along hilltops, through a disc golf course, and past creek bottoms. It’s a unique, easily accessible biking experience.
Bent Creek Experimental Forest
This popular expanse just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville boasts about 30 miles of mountain-biking trails. Nestled next to the North Carolina Arboretum near the Blue Ridge Parkway, Bent Creek offers a range of trails for all riding abilities, which makes it great for those just starting out. Expect everything from wide gravel roads to technical climbs to thrilling downhills such as Greenslick.
DuPont State Forest
Located 45 minutes south of Asheville, this recreational forest offers more than 80 miles of trails, from easier roads to challenging single-tracks, with scenic views sprinkled throughout. Bikers (who share the trails with horse-riders and hikers) can climb to stunning rocky summits, breathtaking waterfalls, and even an old airstrip!
Pisgah National Forest
This expansive forest encompasses more than half a million acres across Western North Carolina, and includes trails surrounding Asheville (Bent Creek is part of this network). Popular trailheads in Pisgah included Mill Ridge, Big Ivy, Heartbreak Ridge and Davidson River. The small town of Old Fort in McDowell County also features some accessible groomed trails in the Gateway Trail system as well as connectivity to Pisgah classics like Kitsuma and Heartbreak.
There are also opportunities to mountain-bike (sometimes for a fee) at groomed facilities and purpose-built trails both in-town and a short drive away. The in-town Kolo Bike Park (part of the Adventure Center of Asheville) has about 4 miles of purpose-built trails and rolling terrain suitable for all levels. Ride Kanuga (in Hendersonville) is a mountain bike trail center offering everything from beginner to advanced trails accessible by a climbing trail that branches into several descent options. The Biltmore Estate offers 20 miles of biking trails, access to which is included with ticket price. Or take a drive to Beech Mountain (80 miles northeast of Asheville), where during the summer months you can ride a chair lift up and mountain bike down.
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