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“stay at lake powhatan”

Ranked #93 of 217 things to do in Asheville
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Owner description: Located within the Pisgah National Forest, this 6,300-acre area is home to the North Carolina Arboretum.
Reviewed 8 June 2011

we stayed at Lake Powhatan campground run by the national forest service. The site is fantastic. It was spotlessly clean, the lake was lovely and it was a great distance from ashville. Definately would recommend this site.

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Reviewed 20 April 2008

The Bent Creek Experimental Forest is the oldest federal experimental forest east of the Mississippi river. It located within the Pisgah National forest and is comprised of over 6,000 acres.

It is home to Lake Powhatan Recreational Area and the North Carolina Arboretum. The Blue Ridge Parkway borders the east and south precincts of the park. There are well over 44 miles of trails within Bent Creek Experimental Forest that are accessible to the general public.

Hiking, biking, and horse back riding on designated trails are permitted and signs are strategically positioned at trailheads stating selected trail usage.

There are three self-guided interpretive trails where you can read about the history, current and past research, and forest types within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest.

The Habitat Hike: This trail starts at the bridge over Bent Creek in the Lake Powhatan Rec Area. The trail is 3.5-miles and passes through several ecological habitats: a stream bottom, laurel-rhododendron thickets, and forests of white pine, hemlock, and various hardwoods. Interpretive signs educate the value of the habitats to the area's wildlife and human populations. Follow the brown signs with yellow arrows.
Ledford Branch Demonstration Trail: This trail is a 4.6-mile hike. Signs educated the hikers about hardwood forest regeneration; including clearcuts, shelterwood harvests, group harvests, and single-tree selection. Some of the signs point out wildlife habitats. The first 3.6 miles of the trail is open to bicycles, horses, and hikers. The final mile is a foot path open only to hikers.

Centennial Trail: Park at the Rice Pinnacle parking area and locate the sign guiding you to the trailhead, located across Rice Pinnacle road. This is a short 0.6 mile trail that takes you through current research areas in an assortment of ecological settings. The trail was established in 2005 to commemorate the Forest Service’s 100th birthday.
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Hiking with a Dog: During the tourist season the area can be quite congested, but if you hike during the off-season or on a weekday, it is an ideal place to trek with your dog. The Pine Tree Loop meanders through wooded areas and meadows and intersects with enough creeks to keep dogs engrossed, attentive, and in high spirits. Although mountain bikes are permitted on this trail, it is level and broad enough to safely pass each other. Tip: If hiking between September and May, place an orange vest on your dog, since hunting is permitted. Hunting is prohibited on Sundays.

Mountain Bikes and Hardtimes: There are about 10 miles of doubletrack and singletrack open for mountain biking in Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Hardtimes Trail is comprised of a 6.5-mile loop, with a 1.6-mile one-way out-and-back (3.2 miles total). This well-liked trailhead’s namesake is actually a road, and not indicative of the trail.
None of the trails in the Bent Creek trail system are considered tremendously technical. Most trails follow old roads or railroads and have only a few sections that necessitate technical ability; steep trails, rocks, roots, mud, and creek crossings. Fast, hard-packed trails are in between the obstacles.

Horseback Riding: Bent Creek has about 10 miles of trails that can be ridden on during daylight hours. There are no trails specifically designated for horses only.

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Reviewed 16 December 2015
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