To see additional photos that I have posted from the arboretum, do an internet search by “ranger annette asheville nc north carolina arboretum”. Also, here is a link to the arboretum website. http://www.ncarboretum.org/
Today was our monthly visit to the arboretum after becoming members in August. We normally either park in the gravel parking area on the left as you come in through the gate, or we park at the gardens where most everyone parks. Today we decided to turn right, right before the gardens and head to the Production Greenhouse parking area. It’s not a huge parking area, so probably during the summer this parking area may fill up pretty fast. Seems that alot of people that come to the arboretum to ride their bikes, park here.
After parking, we took off on Wolf Branch Road. As you are driving up to the Production Greenhouse parking area, right before you do the u-turn into the parking area, you will see the Wolf Branch Road trailhead on your right. So, when you take off on foot, you have to backtrack on the main road a very short distance. It’s only a 3/10 of a mile from the trailhead to Bent Creek Road. This is a short connector trail. But, before we even made it to Bent Creek Road, we came upon Carolina Mountain Trail. I always like to take a right down the steps and take that little trail out to Bent Creek Road. Taking this little trail, you are able to walk along the creek. There are a couple of nice cascades on this trail.
We eventually came to Bent Creek Road. Turning right would take you off of arboretum property and take you into Bent Creek Experimental Forest and Lake Powhatan. Instead we turned left and walked to the other end of Bent Creek Road. Bent Creek Road is an easy 2.6 mile round trip walk. It’s flat and gravel surfaced. You’re usually sharing this with walkers / hikers, runners, people walking their pets, and bicyclists. You’ll pass a couple of roads that take you back up to the gardens. There are a couple of trails that go off to the right that can eventually take you off of arbortetum property and into Pisgah National Forest. Also, as you are walking along Bent Creek Road, you are going to have several spots where you will see a sign for
Bent Creek Trail. We usually take these little side trails because they again take you along the creek.
After walking Bent Creek Road and Wolf Branch Road (with our little detour on Carolina Mountain Trail), we walked a total of 3.2 miles by the time we returned to the car. We then drove over to the gardens. We walked around and saw where they had all of the winter lights displayed. We are always home by dark, so we were only able to see the “lights” during the day. After walking around the gardens, we went to the Baker Exhibit Center. Of course by this time, there isn’t anything blooming out in the gardens. We thought we’d check out what was blooming in the little greenhouse off of the exhibit center. They had a few different flowers in there, but what was very cool was the different colored poinsettia’s.
Here are a few photos from today. Jason, Kim, and the twins also had some photos taken at Steele Creek Park this past week, so included a few of those photos.
Address for GPS: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC