Top 5 Asheville Mountain Biking Communities
People are attracted to our Western North Carolina city for a variety of reasons – just reference any “Best of” list for food, beer, art, outdoor adventures, and more! But one reason that we see time and time again in our clients is that they want to take advantage of the Asheville, NC mountain biking scene. We’ve rounded up a few communities that blend the best in residential life and proximity to the trails.
Avery Creek, NC – Spencer Gap – Trace Ridge Loop
Just 25 miles SW of Asheville you’ll find this short, but technical 7.2 mile loop. Avery Creek is a small, rural community that is quickly becoming one of the most sought after areas of Asheville. It’s close to popular shopping areas like Biltmore Park and a 20 minute drive to downtown, making it very commutable. Because of all the new construction developments, home prices here are on the rise – averaging $202/sq-ft.
Bent Creek, NC – Green’s Lick/Ingles Field Gap Loop
This 13.6 mile loop ranges from intermediate to difficult with a lot of downhills, a reward for over 1,200 ft of climbing. Located in the beautiful Bent Creek Experimental Forest, you can access these trails just 12 miles SW of downtown Asheville. The Bent Creek neighborhood is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts with proximity to other attractions like the Arboretum, Lake Powhatan, and Bent Creek Community Park. Single family homes in Bent Creek are selling for around $175/sq-ft.
Black Mountain, NC – Kitsuma/Heartbreak
East of Asheville lies a true test of endurance on the Kitsuma trail – trust us, Heartbreak Ridge is aptly named. But gorgeous views and a techy downhill await, so it’s definitely worth the burn. You’ll be close enough to ride this trail any day of the week with a home in parts of East Asheville or Black Mountain itself. Black Mountain is a small arts and crafts town, with a walkable downtown area and plenty of outdoor activities. Lake Tomahawk offers walking trails and a public community center with a pool. The median listing price here is around $350,000.
Mills River, NC – Pisgah Long Tour
Ride this advanced trail 25 miles SW of Asheville in Mills River, NC. This area is up and coming, with great proximity to Asheville and Hendersonville. Plus, you’ll be close enough to amenities like the Asheville Regional Airport and shopping/dining, but still be able enjoy beautiful mountain views in a more rural setting. It’s only a short ride to Sierra Nevada Brewery, a must-see destination. Homes in this area are averaging $159/sq-ft, still very affordable for families, young professionals, and retirees.
Brevard, NC – Black Mountain Loop
A little further SW of Asheville you can find a challenging 12.2 mile trail known as The Black Mountain Loop. If you want to be able to commute to Asheville and still take advantage of the trails here, homes in suburbs like Arden and Fletcher would be a good place to start. Over the past 10-15 years, this side of town has been undergoing massive development with restaurants, shopping, and family friendly activities. There are new planned communities as well as older, established neighborhoods which offer a variety of options in housing. Because of this, prices range widely but average $187/sq-ft.
Asheville, NC mountain biking is considered some of the best in the country, offering easy access to popular rides from many parts of town. Let us help you find the perfect home near your favorite trail. Contact us today to set up an introductory meeting.