Pine Tree Loop Trail #336

2.0 mi - Easy - This is an easy loop trail which is a nice family excursion. The first part of the trail follows Bent Creek, and is part of the Bent Creek Demonstration Forest "Habitat Hike". You will see interpretive signs explaining various types of habitat and the plants and animals most likely to be found. The trail then becomes a grass road which crosses a wildlife field before climbing gradually to reveal some nice views of the surrounding area. The last section of the trail will bring you back through an upland hardwood forest and past another wildlife field before descending to the beach road 100 yards from where you started. Be sure to check your map for other trails in the area which provide loop opportunities.

Approximate Elevation Change: 200 feet
Blaze: Blue

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Mountain Biking Trail: Mountain biking and hiking trail. Bikers please yield to hikers. Mountain biking prohibited in wilderness areas.
Water: yes
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: This trail is in what is popularly called the Bent Creek area, near Lake Powhatan Recreation Area. Leaving the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn left (south) onto US 276. At the first traffic light, turn left (east) on NC 280. Proceed approximately 12.5 miles, to NC 191 north. Turn left (north) onto NC 191, and then proceed 7.7 miles to Bent Creek Ranch Road (SR 806), which is ½ mile north of the Blue Ridge Parkway, signed for the Recreation Area, and at a traffic light. Turn left on Bent Creek Ranch Road and proceed 2.3 miles to the Recreation Area. The trail starts from the gravel road to the beach, just past the concrete bridge. Note: There is a small parking fee for day users.


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking