Bent Creek Map & Directions

The new trail system is now in place. A trail designation sign is located on each trail specifying the trail use, such as hiking, biking, and horse back riding. Recreational ATV and motor vehicles use is not permitted on any trails in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest with the exception of official FS vehicles performing work duties.

Please note that the NC Arboretum’s trail rules are posted within the NC Arboretum boundaries and may differ from those at Bent Creek Experimental Forest.

Please review the four kiosk signs in the parking areas for additional information regarding temporary trail closure due to ongoing research projects and recreational improvements.

It is important for everyone to work together to ensure the protection of ongoing studies and the natural resources that we enjoy by following the posted rules and staying on the trails. Help us maintain a healthy forest and valuable research.

Please contact Tracy Roof at Bent Creek Experimental Forest for more information on trail maps.

Designated trail system for Bent Creek Experimental Forest.

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Directions to the Bent Creek Experimental Forest

From Asheville Airport (South of Asheville): Take I-26W toward Asheville, take exit 33 (old exit #2) for the Blue Ridge Parkway (Hwy 191) and turn right onto Brevard Road (Hwy 191 S). The Bent Creek Experimental Forest is approximately 1.5 miles south on Brevard Road/Hwy 191 on the right across from the Bent Creek Baptist Church.

From Southern Research Station Headquarters (North Asheville): Turn left out of the Southern Research Station onto Weaver Blvd. then take the next right on Broadway. Take the 19-23W (Hwy 26 East) exit (to Asheville/downtown) and follow the signs for I-240W. Continue on I-240W to I-26E then take Exit 33 to the Blue Ridge Parkway (Hwy 191), turn left to go to the Bent Creek Experimental Forest 1.5 miles south on Brevard Road (Hwy 191) directly across from the Bent Creek Baptist Church.

From Raleigh (East Asheville): I-40 West to Asheville. Take I-26E toward Hendersonville/Greenville. Take Exit 33 (old exit #2) Blue Ridge Parkway/Hwy 191 exit and turn left onto Brevard Road/Hwy 191S and proceed approx. 1.5 miles to the Bent Creek Experimental Forest on the right just across from the Bent Creek Baptist Church.

From Tennessee (West Asheville): I-40 East to Asheville. Take I-26E toward Hendersonville/Greenville. Take Exit 33 (old exit #2) Blue Ridge Parkway/Hwy 191 exit and turn left onto Brevard Road/Hwy 191S and proceed approx. 1.5 miles to the Bent Creek Experimental Forest on the right just across from the Bent Creek Baptist Church.

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Bent Creek Experimental Forest

Bent Creek Experimental Forest
1577 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806

Phone: (828) 667-5261
Fax: (828) 667-9097