Bent Creek Experimental Forest
Bent Creek Experimental Forest is the oldest federal experimental forest east of the Mississippi river. It encompasses nearly 6,000 acres within the Pisgah National Forest near Asheville, North Carolina. It was established in 1925 for the purpose of conducting research on forest regeneration and erosion control, and also to provide a demonstration of forest management practices.
USFS Trail Fundamentals
- Route: Easy to follow
- Steepness: entire Trail, less than 8% grade
- Length: Less than 3 miles
- Surface: Mostly flat; a few rocks and roots along trail
- Route: May be blazed
- Steepness: Most of trail less than 20% grade
- Length: Usually between 2 and 8 miles.
- Surface: Rocky; stream crossings
- Route: May require pathfinding skills
- Steepness: most of trail 20% grade or steeper
- Length: Usually more than 8 miles; may have steep sections
- Surface: Rocky, stream crossings