This 16.3-mile trail starts near N.C. Arboretum, and follows a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. With tough climbs and the long one-way mileage, most users opt for an out and back option, going whichever distance suits them. If you have a way to leave a vehicle, then there are plenty of access points along the Blue Ridge Parkway, including at the end of the trail at the Mt. Pisgah parking lot.
Directions from Asheville: Take I-240 W to I-26 E and get off on Exit 33, NC 191/Brevard Rd. Turn left and head south on NC 191 for 2 miles to the Bent Creek Park parking area on the left located beside the river. The trail starts by following the path through the bridge that will take you under the road. Once you cross the street, stay left and you’ll see the trailhead.