Are you itching to grab your bike and hit some new trails? Asheville does not disappoint in the mountain biking department. From technical, winding single-tracks through rhododendron and rooty, rocky terrain to wide open downhill spaces with a view... there are options for every skill level and thrill seeker.
- Ask any local mountain biker where to go biking in Asheville and they will most certainly have Bent Creek Experimental Forest, located in the Pisgah Ranger District, on the list. The majority of the trails are considered "easy to moderate" to advanced riders and those that are acclimated to mountainous terrain.
- A map of the Bent Creek trail system is located here. Some popular trails in Bent Creek include the most difficult Green's Lick or easier Hard Times connector trail or Lake Powhatan trails.
- If you are visiting The Biltmore House anyways while staying in Asheville you can bring your bike and bike the 33 miles of trails that wind around the property. The Arbor Trace trail and Black Diamond trail come recommended.
- Dupont State Recreational Forest is a 10,400 acre wilderness area that has 100 miles of multi use trails including a few exposed granite areas to rider over. Cedar Rock offers an enjoyable ride.
- The Kolo Bike Park will cost you, but offers the opportunity to rent a bike and enjoy experiencing area trails.
Near Black Mountain
- Kitsuma Trail is unmatched in the Black Mountain area as a go-to spot for mountain bikers. After an intense uphill climb, you'll have an almost 3 mile downhill run that will end at the Old Fort picnic area. You can either bring two cars and shuttle back and forth or take a left on Old US 70 and take the first left onto a paved road that is closed to cars. You can follow this 5 mile uphill (but moderate) climb back up to the Kitsuma trailhead.
- Originally carved for the Mt. Mitchell Railroad and Logging Company, the Old Toll Road offers an enjoyable uphill and then a rocky downhill dart to Montreat. To access, push up Appalachian Way (at the dead end of Appalachian Way in Montreat) and then end at on the Rainbow trail.