The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

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Bent Creek Experimental Forest (SRS-4101), a mountain biker's dream, located just outside Asheville, is one of the oldest research areas maintained by the USDA Forest Service. Since 1925, scientists at Bent Creek have been developing and practicing sound forestry practices. The fruits of their research on fire, insects, wildlife, water, diseases, and recreational uses are being applied today in forests all around the world and in particular the Southern Appalachians. Open to visitors, Bent Creek is popular with area hikers and runners. Extremely popular with hikers and mountain bikers.

Bent Creek Map

Website: Bent Creek Experimental Forest
Location: Just west of
Distance: 30 minutes west of Asheville
Address: 1577 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC 28806
Telephone: 828-667-5261
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Fees: None
Allow: 2 hours minimum
Of Note: One of the oldest research areas maintained by the USDA Forest Service.
Directions: I-26 Exit 2 (Biltmore Square Mall exit). Follow Hwy. 191 South 1-2 miles. Turn right onto Bent Creek Ranch Rd. and follow signs to Lake Powatan and the Experimental Forest.

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