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This was our March visit to the arboretum.
We started out by walking around the education center to see what was blooming. After that we took off on our hike for the day. We walked down the steps onto the gravel road that takes you behind the education center. Behind the education center is the trailhead for Carolina Mountain Trail. This is a pretty easy trail. It’s 2.4 miles round trip. Bikes aren’t allowed on this trail. Only foot traffic. This is a nice walk through the forest. You eventually come to steps at Wolf Branch Road. This is not the end of Carolina Mountain Trail. Look for the steps across the road. There’s probably about 2/10 of a mile of the trail left. When you go down the steps, you spend some time by a little creek. There are some nice rapids on this creek. You then come out at Bent Creek Road.
We then turned left on Bent Creek Road, and immediately turned left onto Wolf Branch Road. It’s pretty easy slight uphill trail that brings you out at the greenhouse. We walked around the greenhouse to see what was blooming.
After walking around the greenhouse, we walked to the far end of the parking area and hit a connector trail that takes you back down to Carolina Mountain Trail. We then headed back to the gardens. Walked around the gardens to see what was blooming and then headed back to the car. All in all, we probably walked around a little over 3 miles at the arboretum today.
Here is the arboretum trail map. http://www.ncarboretum.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Map_Guide_2014.pdf
Here are a few photos from today. Since I’m not real familiar with the names of flowers, those photos won’t be named.
Address for GPS: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC
If you only go to the arboretum during warm / heavy blooming months, this is something that you don’t see. The area out in front of the education center, waterless and plantless.
An old birdhouse with a door knob
Walking down the steps on the back end of Plants of Promise Garden. We’ll turn right on that gravel road that you see, and when behind education center, will turn left onto Carolina Mountain Trail.
Carolina Mountain Trail trailhead behind education center
There won’t be any signs when you get to that gravel road that you see up ahead. You’ll cross that road and just keep on going straight to keep on the Carolina Mountain Trail.
Walking through the forest. As you kind of see in this photo, the arboretum has signs telling you what types of trees you are seeing.
Continuing through the pine forest
Arriving at Wolf Branch Road
To continue on Carolina Mountain Trail, look for this sign across Wolf Branch Road
Pretty nice rapid on last leg of Carolina Mountain Trail
Then right past the above rapid, this other little rapid
Coming out onto Bent Creek Road (end of Carolina Mountain Trail). On the right, the gate that takes you into Bent Creek Experimental Forest.
Instead of heading out of the arboretum, we turned left onto Bent Creek Road, and an immediate left onto this road, which is Wolf Branch Road. We’re heading to the greenhouse. It’s only 3/10 of a mile.
Trees blooming at the greenhouse
A close-up of a bloom on the trees
Some blooms by the greenhouse
Looking up into a blooming tree by the greenhouse
We’re on the upper side of the greenhouse parking area. Heading back towards Carolina Mountain Trail.
The connector trail from greenhouse to Carolina Mountain Trail was well maintained and mulched
Arriving back at Carolina Mountain Trail. Turning left to head back to gardens.
We’re back in the gardens and are now walking through the bonsai gardens. Right after you walk into the bonsai gardens from the upper side, there’s a little pond set-up. The frogs were just hollering. Here’s one of the photos that we got of a couple of frogs (one in the water).
Upper portion of another blooming tree
It’s funny how we’ve seen all of the blooms / blooming trees. But, when we were getting near the exhibit center, we looked over the wall down towards the nature trail, and no blooms at all.