Great Places to Ride in & Around Asheville
Thermal Belt Rail Trail
If you enjoy rail-trails that flaunt their railroading past, you're sure to love the Thermal Belt Rail-Trail. The trail begins in Gilkey, and a recent extension takes it over 13 miles southeast to Forrest Hunt Elementary in Forest City. The trail is also newly paved from point-to-point.
Brevard Bike Path
The Brevard Bike Path is a relatively flat trail, nearly 5 miles long. About 1 mile (northwest end) follows the old Carr Lumber Company railway corridor and extends into the Pisgah National Forest up to the Davidson River Campground. The south end of the bike path occupies about 0.5 mile of rail corridor. The northwest portion follows the scenic Davidson River, where the Brevard Bike Path connects to another trail leading to North Carolina's Mountains to Sea Trail. You'll find another 1-mile-long, multi-use trail along Gallimore Road, largely financed by Safe Routes to School funds, which will ultimately be connected to the Brevard Bike Path. The bike path has an asphalt surface for most of its length, except for the northwest 1 mile extension into the Pisgah National Forest (packed crushed gravel). The bike path provides several access points to earthen-surfaced nature trails (foot traffic only) frequented by birdwatchers.
For lovers of outdoors, the Oklawaha Greenway presents a natural escape in an otherwise suburban setting. The greenway trails Mud Creek for a big part of its length, beginning its northwesterly course at Jackson Park, through Patton Park and terminating at Berkeley Mills Park. Along the way, travelers become immersed in a variety of scenery changes, from manicured green spaces, to native marshes and forests. The greenway offers opportunities for wildlife and birdwatching; the wetland has an array of biological diversity which includes mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Signage provides information to curious travelers about the local flora and fauna.
Asheville City Greenways
The City of Asheville maintain a beautiful and growing system of greenways throughout the city for your recreation and transportation enjoyment. Grab your bike and go explore!
French Broad River Greenway
The French Broad River Greenway links three of Asheville's parks: Hominy Creek River Park, Carrier Park, and French Broad River Park. The trail follows the river, coursing through a wooded strip of land, through the parks and among some residential and light commercial sites.
Kolo Bike Park
KOLO is the Leading Asheville Mountain Biking Park, just 5 minutes from downtown!
North Mills River
Overall, this area has a denser trail network than neighboring South Mills River. A developed National Forest trailhead parking area called Trace Ridge provides access to a trail of the same name, as well as other Pisgah classics such as Spencer Branch, Fletcher Creek, and Middle Fork. The Wash Creek and Bear Branch trails provide more moderate options nearby.
Pisgah Ranger District
Known for world class technical trails. Not much for beginners here. Ask at the shop for route advice or follow the map and be prepared for an epic day in the saddle.
Dupont State Forest
DuPont State Recreational Forest, commonly known as DuPont Forest, is a 10,473-acre state forest, located in Henderson and Transylvania counties of North Carolina.
Bent Creek Experimental Forest
Bent Creek is an experimental forest managed by the US Forest Service for foresty and biology. It is home to an extensive network of short trails ranging from rolling to rocky. Most all trails are beginner and intermediate level. The higher up the ridge you climb, the more technical features available like Greens Lick and lower Sidehill.
Lake James State Park
Lake James State Park offers a full menu of activities. Along with boating, swimming and fishing in the beautiful, clear waters of the 6,812-acre lake, there are 25 miles of trails, 15 of which are open to mountain biking. Trails vary from the short, educational Holly Discovery Trail with child-friendly activities, to the more adventurous, historic section of the Overmountain Victory Trail. There are three campgrounds.
Riveter Bike Park
The outdoor terrain is differentiated by four unique lines, from green to double black. With rollers, berms, gap jumps, table tops + a series of progressive bridges, this terrain is the perfect spot for any rider trying to progress their skills on the bike. The covered portion of the bike park is open rain or shine // day or night. The BP CANOPY also includes four separate lines with terrain suited for all skill levels.
Kanuga Bike Park
Ride Kanuga Mountain Bike Park was born out of a simple concept; make mountain biking fun and welcoming. Founded by Neko Mulally and Dave LaMond; Ride Kanuga is rider built, rider approved. We do this through high quality, safe, and unique mountain bike specific trails; which equip and encourage both new riders and seasoned professionals to gain new skills and experiences.