Asheville, NC Hiking Trails and Maps

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Length
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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

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

13.58 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
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

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Recent Trail Reviews

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.

Erwin Linear Trail

Nice trail, but...

July, 2021 by david.lee.byrd

There are too many bikes and today I encountered a couple on motor scooters. Signs say motorized vehicles are prohibited but there is no enforcement.

Oklawaha Greenway

A blader's paradise!

July, 2021 by funkykittyrecords

This was my first visit to Oklawaha. GPS took me to an entrance off 7th Avenue and 64 coming in from Asheville just across the road from Jackson Park proper. (I was told there is only about 1/4 mile of a paved path on that side, and then it is gravel.) There is a mix of walkers, with and without dogs, skateboarders, and bikers.

I was able to get right on the path and take it the entire way to Berkeley Mills Park. I did take the offshoot to Patton Park and then back onto the main trail.

For rollerblading, this was excellent! It hit all the markers; paved, mostly flat, clear of debris, well marked, and not overcrowded. The path follows Mud Creek, and there are several benches throughout to stop and sit. The entire route is beautiful and well maintained. A nice mix of open and shaded areas.

The end of the path near the Berkeley Park entrance goes uphill at about an 8% grade so coming back down was a fun shot! If you start at that end - be prepared.

Oklawaha will definitely be in my rotation of great places to skate.

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Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail

Love this!

June, 2021 by tf87ftjg9c

Absolutely loved this trail. I dumped in by the zoo and road up to the college. I had a blast. Will be back to ride again soon.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Terrific trail!

June, 2021 by longellob

This was our second trip to this trail. We parked at the Forrest Hunt Elementary School and traveled north to Gilkey. It's an extremely well-maintained, well-marked, smooth ride. The trail takes you through small towns and wooded areas offering welcome shade. We stopped at the Bechtler Mint Park where we met and chatted with the Trail Ambassador. Will definitely be riding this trail again and again!

Erwin Linear Trail

Repair Work Completed

June, 2021 by ldiernisse

The bridge work is done (June 2021). Whole length of trail is currently passable and in great shape.

Erwin Linear Trail

Really Pleasant Trail

June, 2021 by ldiernisse

Great little trail. In excellent condition and with beautiful scenery. Very easy parking and there is a store across the street. It's a bit short but if you go one way and back that's eight miles and it's pleasant enough you could even turn it into 16 miles without getting bored.

Brevard Bike Path

Ease and nice

May, 2021 by csalviatto

For bike beginners, this is a nice route. The Pisgah forest trail is beautiful and we can add some extra miles riding in the campgrounds.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Great Rail Trail

May, 2021 by fultondan

A must do. Very nice ride. Road crossings are well marked. Need to be extra careful crossing over Business 74 in Spindale. Like another reviewer noted, Spindale has a couple opportunities to stop and eat. Could be a bit more biker friendly by adding some bike racks on the main town road.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

great, easy ride

April, 2021 by stuart.obermann

Did the full length of the trail, 27 mi out and back, starting on the north end at Gilkey. Trail is smooth asphalt the entire way with benches and tool stations along the way. The people designing and implementing the trail have done an outstanding job. Now, the communities along the trail need to step up and recognize the benefits they have from this trail traffic. Little if any effort has been made to inform visitors of the restaurants or other establishments that are available to trail users. They need some appropriate and tasteful signage and access points so users can exit and get a bite to eat. They would do well to have some brewpubs or coffee shops right along the trail.

Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail

Beautiful Trail !

April, 2021 by csweet201127

We rented bikes at Reedy Rides and bikes the Swamp Rabbit Trail! Beautiful scenery !

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

not scenic but pleasant

April, 2021 by tom.joy

Not a scenic trail (such as along a river) but a smooth pleasant ride. Every mile and half-mile is marked and at every mile the pavement has what looks like a narrow gauge RR track imbedded in the pavement. There are many “road” crossings, most we simply needed to slow down rather than stop because there were entrance/driveways rather than true road crossings but all were clearly marked. Trail towns/restaurants could connect better by advertising what is close to the trail. It looks like Spindale is working to do that based on construction I saw. Lunch at Spin City Corner Cafe was excellent! But they are not open on weekends. Several others places were not open on Mondays. The trail does travel behind some rundown buildings but I never felt unsafe, I also was not riding solo. The 5 miles at the north end are rural/wooded and a bit hilly. The rest connects the 4 trail towns which kinda all run together.

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