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The GOOD WALK
From left at the arboretum: The Bonsai Garden;
pitcher plants in the Heritage Garden; entrance to
the Heritage Garden.
the various species. I learned that on many of my other
woodlands walks I have been passing by a most useful item. After being roasted, the nuts of the Allegheny
Chinkapin (some references say Chinquapin) are good
substitutes for coffee or even chocolate.
The Carolina Mountain Trail wound along a hillside,
giving our calf muscles a bit of exercise as we wandered
through an ericaceous forest. (Oh, I just had to throw
this word in here! I learned it along the trail and it refers to members of the heath family). The Bent Creek
Trail, which passed a small four-foot waterfall, provided
a chance to quietly contemplate our surroundings and
thank those who had the forethought to protect, and
create, such a wonderful place next to the city's busy
When You Go
The Walk: Most of the arboretum's 10 miles of trails are easy to moderate, with just two miles rated as difficult.
Getting there: Take I-26 Exit 33 in Asheville, turn onto NC 101 South and go 2 miles. Turn right at the stoplight (with
signs identifying the Blue Ridge Parkway and the arboretum) and make an immediate right to enter the arboretum.
There is a parking fee.
More inforMaTion: A handout map with trail descriptions is available at the arboretum or on www.ncarboretum.org.
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