3,993 ft
Distance
295 ft
Climb
-13 ft
Descent
00:43:04
Avg time

Alexander Park Details

  • Riding Area
    Alexander Park
    Asheville, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #67151 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Located in a wooded buffer zone around the Buncombe County Landfill, Alexander Bike Park offers rides about 7 miles of trails on a slope high above the French Broad River. The trails range from smooth and fast (less common) to tight and twisty (more common), but in general they are rated More Difficult and are moderate in aerobic and technical challenge. Some trails follow existing roads but some have been newly constructed for the park.

Some sections of trail get overgrown a bit in the summer, but they're in generally good shape.
There are two main loop trails in the park.

The red-blazed right loop starts at the French Broad River parking area and travels around the lower section of the park, totaling just over 3 miles, and contains the more tight-and-twisty singletrack and doubletrack.

The other loop, blazed yellow and called the M3 loop, starts at the tip of the right loop (at the landfill access road) and winds around the hillside above the French Broad River. It has a faster, more flowing feel to it, but it too has some twisty sections with technical challenges to spice it up.

The barn road connects the parking area to the right loop and then continues uphill to form a connection through the middle of it.

Access Info

From Asheville, take US 19-23 North to the Marshall/Hot Springs exit. Take this exit (US 25-70) and drive to the second light. Turn left onto Monticello road and follow this until it ends at River Road. Turn right; it is several miles to the signed parking area. The parking area is on either side of River Road.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Alexander Park bike trail
  • Altitude change
    282 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,802 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,087 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,805 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,087 ft
  • Grade
    7.059%
  • Grade max
    -8.149%
  • Grade min
    18.845%
  • Distance climb
    3,339 ft
  • Distance down
    355 ft
  • Distance flat
    299 ft
  • Avg time
    00:43:04
  • Avg reverse time
    01:00:45
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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      Alexander Park Trail Reports

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      May 13, 2018 @ 6:40pm
      May 13, 2018
      A little overgrown. A lot of low hanging branches on left loop, also a couple of downed trees on left.
      Aug 3, 2017 @ 11:56am
      Aug 3, 2017
      Insanely overgrown. No point in trying to ride it. Was regretting every pedal stroke as I was attacked by briars and possibly 8 new varieties of...
      Jun 21, 2017 @ 5:25pm
      Jun 21, 2017
      Rideable but really overgrown during spring/summer
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 7 miles avg distance
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      Oct 20, 2011 @ 4:15pm
      Oct 20, 2011
      Alexander Park, Asheville
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      Oct 14, 2011 @ 3:48pm
      Oct 14, 2011
      Alexander Park, Asheville
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      Feb 29, 2004 @ 7:43pm
      Feb 29, 2004
      Alexander Park, Asheville
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      Feb 29, 2004 @ 7:43pm
      Feb 29, 2004
      Alexander Park, Asheville

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