Point Lookout Trail
The best paved bike greenway in the area opened in late 2008, a 3.6-mile paved biking and walking trail surrounded by Pisgah National Forest and barricaded to motorized vehicles at both ends.
It was formerly part of Old US Highway 70, winding through the woods with serene views of the mountains, the railroad and forest.
While the trail is only 3.6 miles one way (plus another 1/2 mile from the parking area), it climbs 900 feet in elevation from Old Fort to Ridgecrest (near Black Mountain).
Begin at the Old Fort entrance to bike the uphill portion first (even, gentle climb), then you can coast down on your bicycle as your reward. It's an eight mile roundtrip from the Pisgah Forest picnic area parking.