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Alexander Mountain Bike Park



6.8 mile 11.0 kilometer loop
93% Runnable


Ascent: 889' 271 m
Descent: -891' -271 m
High: 2,083' 635 m
Low: 1,779' 542 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)


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A seldom-used, easy trail system located close to North Asheville, NC.

Paul Haas

Features River/Creek · Wildlife


This is an easy trail system that is quiet and rarely used. The trail was originally created for mountain biking, but is also used by runners and hikers.

Runner Notes

Watch for rocks and roots, which can get excessive in some spots. Also, the trail can be narrow in some areas, making passing bikes difficult, requiring you to step off the trail to let them go by. (Note: I would think twice before I take a baby stroller on this trail, over the last five years I have runed this trail, I have seen two broken strollers left on the side of the trail.)


This is an easy trail system that is seldom used. On most days, I do not meet anyone on the trail, and when I do it's usually less than two people. The big drawback to this trail is your are running next to Buncombe County Landfill, which can make for a less-than-pleasant odor during sections of the trail. Most of the time this is only on the Right Loop. The M3 Loop is usually devoid of smelly odors, but it all boils down to the wind direction.

The trails are marked but with small arrow signs (yellow and red), and if you are not paying attention, you may miss a marker and end up at the Buncombe County Landfill. The trails here can be combined for a ~2.5 mile (Right Loop and take the Barn Road back to the parking lot), ~4 mile (Right Loop and middle loop), or a ~7 mile loop.

The run starts at the parking lot with a small uphill following an old road (Barn Road). At the information sign, turn right onto the Right Loop trail (Red Arrows) and start a slow climb up for about a mile. The second mile is mostly level with some small uphills.

The third mile you cross over the top of the Barn Road, which will take you to the top of a small mountain, and then crosses over a landfill-maintained road to the M3 Loop (Yellow Arrows). This section can be taken clockwise or counterclockwise, as it leads right back to the same spot. The remaining miles are not bad, with a few places that provide a good view of the French Broad River.

Flora & Fauna

Wildlife you might see includes whitetail deer, turkeys, turtles, snakes, and other people's dogs (usually not on a leash).

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Land Manager: Buncombe County, NC

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