Pinetree & Explorer Loops

Posted By on January 14, 2021

Pinetree & Explorer Loops

5.6 miles; 434 ft. total ascent; Asheville, NC

Another trip around these two pretty trails. I saw nary a soul for the first 3 or so miles, then it was trail runners and mountain bikers up the wazoo. Just goes to show, you really have to keep alert. These are still, imo, some of the loveliest trails in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest.

Bent Creek from the bridge just west of Lake Powhatan

Although, if these trails are this busy now, in the middle of January, I can’t imagine what they’re like in full summer when the campground is in full swing. Guess I’ll find out…

You can find out more about the trails in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest from this excellent Hike Western North Carolina website. As always, click the image above for details about this hike and to download the gps track.


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