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 North Carolina 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 for more information on trail maps.