Asheville, NC Trails and Maps

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Explore the best rated trails in Asheville, NC. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Catawba River Greenway and Wilma Dykeman Greenway. With more than 15 trails covering 73 miles you’re bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

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Length
Surfaces
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Brevard Bike Path

5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Catawba River Greenway

3.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Doodle Rail Trail

8.4 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Erwin Linear Trail

4 mi
State: TN
Asphalt

French Broad River Greenway

3.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Glenn's Creek Greenway

1 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Oconaluftee River Trail

1.5 mi
State: NC
Dirt

Oklawaha Greenway

3.25 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Peavine Trail (NC)

1.5 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Grass

Point Lookout Trail

3.63 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail

19.5 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Purple Martin Greenway

1.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Reed Creek Trail

0.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Dirt

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

13.58 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Wilma Dykeman Greenway

2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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...
NC 5 mi Asphalt
The Catawba River Greenway meanders, along with its river namesake, through the historic town of Morganton, North Carolina. The trail encompasses wooded areas, open meadows and the quaint commercial...
NC 3.8 mi Asphalt
The Doodle Rail Trail connects the towns of Easley and Pickens in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. The paved trail follows the former Doodle Line railroad for just over 8 miles and includes...
SC 8.4 mi Asphalt
The Erwin Linear Trail (a.k.a. the Erwin Greenway) parallels I-26 along North Indian Creek and Nolichucky waterways for 4 miles. The trail is paved and mostly flat, coursing through the Cherokee...
TN 4 mi Asphalt
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...
NC 3.5 mi Asphalt
Glens Creek Greenway is a one-mile shared use trail in Asheville, North Carolina. It stretches between Weaver Park and Broadway St. Although short, the trail connects to destinations including Weaver...
NC 1 mi Asphalt
The Oconaluftee River Trail is a popular 3 mile out-and-back trail along the banks of the river of the same name. The popular gravel trail is one of two in the Smokey Mountains National Park that...
NC 1.5 mi Dirt
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...
NC 3.25 mi Asphalt
The Peavine Trail runs for 1.5 miles from State Street in downtown Marion, North Carolina to just south of the First Christian Church on Rutherford Road. Construction of the crushed gravel and grass...
NC 1.5 mi Crushed Stone, Grass
The paved, 3.62-mile Point Lookout Trail follows the Old NC 10/Highway 70 route through the Royal Gorge, once known at the Central Highway, through the Pisgah National Forest. The trail ascends more...
NC 3.63 mi Asphalt
Closure Notice: Starting in 2020 and continuing through 2021, portions of the Swamp Rabbit Trail will be subject to ongoing closures for trail repaving. Please consult with the official site for the...
SC 19.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Purple Martin Greenway provides a beautiful community amenity in Rutherfordton. The quaint western North Carolina town was established in 1787 and has many buildings on the National Register of...
NC 1.9 mi Asphalt
Reed Creek Greenway is a short but pleasant multiuse path that connects downtown Asheville to the University of North Carolina campus. The trail starts on Magnolia Avenue and parallels the creek and...
NC 0.7 mi Asphalt, Dirt
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...
NC 13.58 mi Asphalt
This is a 2-mile greenway located in the newly improved River Arts District on the east bank of the French Broad River. It was developed as part of the larger River Arts District Transportation...
NC 2 mi Asphalt

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Trails by activity

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

NC - 13.58 miles

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...

Erwin Linear Trail

TN - 4 miles

The Erwin Linear Trail (a.k.a. the Erwin Greenway) parallels I-26 along North Indian Creek and Nolichucky waterways for 4 miles. The trail is paved and mostly flat, coursing through the Cherokee...

Doodle Rail Trail

SC - 8.4 miles

The Doodle Rail Trail connects the towns of Easley and Pickens in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. The paved trail follows the former Doodle Line railroad for just over 8 miles and includes...

Glenn's Creek Greenway

NC - 1 miles

Glens Creek Greenway is a one-mile shared use trail in Asheville, North Carolina. It stretches between Weaver Park and Broadway St. Although short, the trail connects to destinations including Weaver...

Accordion

Catawba River Greenway

NC - 3.8 miles

The Catawba River Greenway meanders, along with its river namesake, through the historic town of Morganton, North Carolina. The trail encompasses wooded areas, open meadows and the quaint commercial...

Brevard Bike Path

NC - 5 miles

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...

Oconaluftee River Trail

NC - 1.5 miles

The Oconaluftee River Trail is a popular 3 mile out-and-back trail along the banks of the river of the same name. The popular gravel trail is one of two in the Smokey Mountains National Park that...

Peavine Trail (NC)

NC - 1.5 miles

The Peavine Trail runs for 1.5 miles from State Street in downtown Marion, North Carolina to just south of the First Christian Church on Rutherford Road. Construction of the crushed gravel and grass...

Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail

SC - 19.5 miles

Closure Notice: Starting in 2020 and continuing through 2021, portions of the Swamp Rabbit Trail will be subject to ongoing closures for trail repaving. Please consult with the official site for the...

Oklawaha Greenway

NC - 3.25 miles

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...

French Broad River Greenway

NC - 3.5 miles

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...

Point Lookout Trail

NC - 3.63 miles

The paved, 3.62-mile Point Lookout Trail follows the Old NC 10/Highway 70 route through the Royal Gorge, once known at the Central Highway, through the Pisgah National Forest. The trail ascends more...

Purple Martin Greenway

NC - 1.9 miles

The Purple Martin Greenway provides a beautiful community amenity in Rutherfordton. The quaint western North Carolina town was established in 1787 and has many buildings on the National Register of...

Reed Creek Trail

NC - 0.7 miles

Reed Creek Greenway is a short but pleasant multiuse path that connects downtown Asheville to the University of North Carolina campus. The trail starts on Magnolia Avenue and parallels the creek and...

Wilma Dykeman Greenway

NC - 2 miles

This is a 2-mile greenway located in the newly improved River Arts District on the east bank of the French Broad River. It was developed as part of the larger River Arts District Transportation...

Brevard Bike Path

NC - 5 miles

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...

Peavine Trail (NC)

NC - 1.5 miles

The Peavine Trail runs for 1.5 miles from State Street in downtown Marion, North Carolina to just south of the First Christian Church on Rutherford Road. Construction of the crushed gravel and grass...

French Broad River Greenway

NC - 3.5 miles

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...

Oklawaha Greenway

NC - 3.25 miles

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...

Accordion

Purple Martin Greenway

NC - 1.9 miles

The Purple Martin Greenway provides a beautiful community amenity in Rutherfordton. The quaint western North Carolina town was established in 1787 and has many buildings on the National Register of...

Doodle Rail Trail

SC - 8.4 miles

The Doodle Rail Trail connects the towns of Easley and Pickens in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. The paved trail follows the former Doodle Line railroad for just over 8 miles and includes...

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

NC - 13.58 miles

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...

Point Lookout Trail

NC - 3.63 miles

The paved, 3.62-mile Point Lookout Trail follows the Old NC 10/Highway 70 route through the Royal Gorge, once known at the Central Highway, through the Pisgah National Forest. The trail ascends more...

Reed Creek Trail

NC - 0.7 miles

Reed Creek Greenway is a short but pleasant multiuse path that connects downtown Asheville to the University of North Carolina campus. The trail starts on Magnolia Avenue and parallels the creek and...

Erwin Linear Trail

TN - 4 miles

The Erwin Linear Trail (a.k.a. the Erwin Greenway) parallels I-26 along North Indian Creek and Nolichucky waterways for 4 miles. The trail is paved and mostly flat, coursing through the Cherokee...

Catawba River Greenway

NC - 3.8 miles

The Catawba River Greenway meanders, along with its river namesake, through the historic town of Morganton, North Carolina. The trail encompasses wooded areas, open meadows and the quaint commercial...

Wilma Dykeman Greenway

NC - 2 miles

This is a 2-mile greenway located in the newly improved River Arts District on the east bank of the French Broad River. It was developed as part of the larger River Arts District Transportation...

Oconaluftee River Trail

NC - 1.5 miles

The Oconaluftee River Trail is a popular 3 mile out-and-back trail along the banks of the river of the same name. The popular gravel trail is one of two in the Smokey Mountains National Park that...

Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail

SC - 19.5 miles

Closure Notice: Starting in 2020 and continuing through 2021, portions of the Swamp Rabbit Trail will be subject to ongoing closures for trail repaving. Please consult with the official site for the...

Glenn's Creek Greenway

NC - 1 miles

Glens Creek Greenway is a one-mile shared use trail in Asheville, North Carolina. It stretches between Weaver Park and Broadway St. Although short, the trail connects to destinations including Weaver...

Purple Martin Greenway

NC - 1.9 miles

The Purple Martin Greenway provides a beautiful community amenity in Rutherfordton. The quaint western North Carolina town was established in 1787 and has many buildings on the National Register of...

Reed Creek Trail

NC - 0.7 miles

Reed Creek Greenway is a short but pleasant multiuse path that connects downtown Asheville to the University of North Carolina campus. The trail starts on Magnolia Avenue and parallels the creek and...

Catawba River Greenway

NC - 3.8 miles

The Catawba River Greenway meanders, along with its river namesake, through the historic town of Morganton, North Carolina. The trail encompasses wooded areas, open meadows and the quaint commercial...

Brevard Bike Path

NC - 5 miles

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...

Accordion

Doodle Rail Trail

SC - 8.4 miles

The Doodle Rail Trail connects the towns of Easley and Pickens in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. The paved trail follows the former Doodle Line railroad for just over 8 miles and includes...

Wilma Dykeman Greenway

NC - 2 miles

This is a 2-mile greenway located in the newly improved River Arts District on the east bank of the French Broad River. It was developed as part of the larger River Arts District Transportation...

Glenn's Creek Greenway

NC - 1 miles

Glens Creek Greenway is a one-mile shared use trail in Asheville, North Carolina. It stretches between Weaver Park and Broadway St. Although short, the trail connects to destinations including Weaver...

Point Lookout Trail

NC - 3.63 miles

The paved, 3.62-mile Point Lookout Trail follows the Old NC 10/Highway 70 route through the Royal Gorge, once known at the Central Highway, through the Pisgah National Forest. The trail ascends more...

Oklawaha Greenway

NC - 3.25 miles

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...

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

NC - 13.58 miles

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...

Erwin Linear Trail

TN - 4 miles

The Erwin Linear Trail (a.k.a. the Erwin Greenway) parallels I-26 along North Indian Creek and Nolichucky waterways for 4 miles. The trail is paved and mostly flat, coursing through the Cherokee...

French Broad River Greenway

NC - 3.5 miles

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...

Peavine Trail (NC)

NC - 1.5 miles

The Peavine Trail runs for 1.5 miles from State Street in downtown Marion, North Carolina to just south of the First Christian Church on Rutherford Road. Construction of the crushed gravel and grass...

Oconaluftee River Trail

NC - 1.5 miles

The Oconaluftee River Trail is a popular 3 mile out-and-back trail along the banks of the river of the same name. The popular gravel trail is one of two in the Smokey Mountains National Park that...

Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail

SC - 19.5 miles

Closure Notice: Starting in 2020 and continuing through 2021, portions of the Swamp Rabbit Trail will be subject to ongoing closures for trail repaving. Please consult with the official site for the...

Recent Trail Reviews

Brevard Bike Path

Easy town ride

October, 2021 by swordinhandnow

First time riding. Short and easy. Gravel path on last bit a little narrow and challenging to avoid walker’s. Lovely. It would be nice to finish or widen last half.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Great ride!

October, 2021 by schottme

This was our first ride on a rail trail and we loved it. Not crowded at all, smooth surface and beautiful scenery.

Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail

Great Trail…poor signage

September, 2021 by sandymo

Rode end to end on the largest section of the trail from Greenville to past Travelers Rest and back. As others have said, finding the “real” trail out of town is pretty tough. There are way too many unmarked options. We tried two before finally finding a third and following a few cyclists that looked like they were riding for some distance. It’s beautiful in the city, but they really do need good signage. This is also a trail to cruise and enjoy until you get well out of town. Its crowded, even on a Wednesday.

Accordion

Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail

Sunday Afternoons Cleveland park and beyond airplane

September, 2021 by rlbullock

Too crowded with walkers and little kids for a pleasant ride. Groups of walkers block path and do not move to side. Some areas too narrow and with blind corners. Two bike wrecks I know of in 40 minutes due to walkers and little kids running out in front of bikes. Not a good experience.

Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail

Great for all ages!

September, 2021 by danadeaton

We rode from Travelers Rest to the swamp rabbit café and grocery. Perfect place to stop and have a wonderful lunch! The path was smooth, mostly level and shady. Even in 80° it was a comfortable ride.

Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail

This trail has potential

September, 2021 by robert.richter89

I rode 14 miles of the Swamp Rabbit Trail starting in Traveler's Rest and ending at the trail's end near Greenville Tech. The fundamentals for a great trail experience is here it just needs more investment in signage to bring it to its full potential.

Traveler's Rest is a perfect trail town and provides many options to get something to eat, shop and multiple locations to lock up your bike. You can tell that the town has really embraced the Swamp Rabbit Trail; its a shame that they don't have great signage to direct you to the trail or to find a good parking spot on the trail. Within the first quarter mile I had to use my phone to figure out that the trail continued across the street because there was no signage directing me there and it was not so obvious as the trail is tucked behind the sidewalk.

As you leave Traveler's Rest the signage for the Swamp Rabbit Trail does come into play but it still is confusing to find and stay on the trail through Furman University, the Cancer Survivors Park, and a playground by the local zoo. All of these points provided great scenery and multiple options for food I just wish it was more obvious which paved section was the actual trail.

The Swamp Rabbit Trail website is very detailed and I wish the actual trail had as much thought put into it as the website does. The trail itself is in very good condition which made riding an enjoyable experience. I can tell that the local communities have invested a lot of time and money into this trail; a small investment in better signage will make this trail a five star trail.

Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail

Rode it again

September, 2021 by kjclow

This time we started and ended in Travelers Rest. Lots of dining options that are open later than the Swamp Rabbit. Makes it easier to plan an all day ride when you're not limited by the clock. Start of the trail was more crowded with walkers and younger riders. Once we got through the first mile or two, everyone spaced out. My only complaint is that many of the faster riders did not think it important to annouce themselves. This is not unique to the Swamp Rabbit Trail but just seems to be more common this year.

French Broad River Greenway

It is what it is

September, 2021 by ruanecate

I use the bike trails in West Asheville several times a week, as they are relatively flat and run along the river. But the connections between stretches of trail can be dangerous. For example, if I want to ride from the new RAD trail toward Carrier Park, I must do so along a stretch of Amboy with no trail, nor even a road shoulder. (The only other option is to go under the bridge through French Broad Park, which is often muddy.) And if I want to continue in the RAD to Craven Street parking, I must cross the road where the trail suddenly is one way instead of side-by-side two way. Except for the stretch through RAD, a cyclist must contend with dog walkers and toddlers on tricycles. Bottom line: wear a helmet!

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Great Fitness Trail

August, 2021 by sandymo

We rode end to end and back yesterday on our tandem. It’s a very nicely done trail and the pavement is smooth as silk. It’s probably not a destination trail, but if you’re in the area, you don’t want to miss it. There are plenty of places to grab a drink or a bit to eat. There is a bike shop in Spindale. The at-grade crossings are plentiful in a few of the towns, but we still managed a decent pace and the crossings were well marked and safe.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Great trail, with 1 caveat

August, 2021 by daveconnelly

The Thermal Belt is a lovely trail, now with a smooth, 12' asphalt surface. It's the 2nd longest rail-trail in NC, after the American Tobacco Trail. The one caution: Be careful not to let your front wheel wander off the pavement. There's a 3" drop-off to loose gravel shoulders. Those shoulders slope away from the pavement. So your next destination is a ditch. If Rutherford County will build up the shoulders, then the Thermal Belt will become much safer.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Trail is marked open from dawn to dusk

August, 2021 by claypigion

Trail is marked open from dawn to dusk

Brevard Bike Path

No signs

July, 2021 by lovefurlife_tl

I met other people with kids trying to navigate crossing busy intersections with NO SIGNS PLEASE DO YOUR JOB PEOPLE PART OF WHICH IS KNOWING NOT Everyone is experienced trail followers. Would it really really hurt you to do your job and put signs especially when it’s dangerous.? It seems you can’t see outside your own experience level. Shame on you putting animals and children in danger because you are too short sighted to see the whole picture.

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