Biltmore Trails: 22 Miles to Explore

In Our Gardens 04/06/21

Written By Amy Dangelico

Whether you’re visiting for the day or you’re a Biltmore Annual Passholder, exploring Biltmore Estate’s 22 miles of trails is an excellent way to get some outdoor exercise.

From leisurely strolls to intense workouts, our estate trails offer a variety of routes that can be tailored to your skill level with spectacular views in every season.

Access to Biltmore’s private trail system requires an admission ticket, Biltmore Annual Pass, or an overnight stay.

Walk in our manicured gardens on paved paths in Biltmore's Italian and Shrub Gardens
Enjoy the manicured landscape along paved paths in our historic gardens.

Easy Biltmore Trails

Historic Gardens (walking)

Our historic gardens paths incorporate the Italian Garden (gravel), Shrub Garden (paved), Walled Garden (paved), and Spring Garden (mulch). Routes stretch approximately 1-2 miles depending on which paths you choose. Enjoy seasonal blooms with benches nearby to take a break and soak it all in.

Azalea Garden (walking)

This mostly paved walking path can be accessed from either the Spring Garden or Walled Garden. It is a great opportunity to go even deeper into Biltmore’s historic gardens, offering benches along the way, and leads to Bass Pond Waterfall and Boat House. Take in spectacular views across the Bass Pond at approximately 1 mile.

View of the west side of Biltmore House from the Lagoon
The Lagoon offers a striking reflection of the west side of Biltmore House.

Moderate Biltmore Trails

Lagoon Trail (walking, running, biking)

This mostly flat, paved trail leads to the Lagoon, which offers a striking view of the west side of Biltmore House (a popular picnic spot). Start and end at Antler Hill Village for a pleasant 3-mile trip. The French Broad River and estate farmland provide pleasant scenery as you explore the path. 

Farm Trail (walking, running, biking)

This flat gravel and dirt road runs along the perimeter of Biltmore’s grounds and the French Broad River. Totaling 6 miles, this trail leads to the Arbor Trace Trail at one end and the Lagoon Trail at the other.

Westover Trails (hiking, trail running, biking)

Access this set of Biltmore trails from the Bike Barn or The Inn on Biltmore Estate® to see Biltmore’s beautiful woodlands. The green (1.7 miles) and blue routes (2.8 miles) immerse you in nature while offering wide trails for a comfortable experience with a few challenging hills.

On Biltmore's Westover trails, a bridge in the woods
The Westover Trails provide access to some of the estate’s more secluded woodlands.

Challenging Biltmore Trails

Westover Trails (hiking, trail running, biking)

The black route totals 3.5 miles round-trip inside Biltmore’s beautiful woodland. The narrow trail offers steep hills and is great for a technical single-track bike ride or an authentic hiking experience.

Arbor Trace Trail (hiking, trail running, biking)

This trail can only be accessed by first following the Farm Trail. The 3.5 mile round-trip route travels in and out of the woods providing scenic views of the estate’s agriculture and the historic Market Gardener’s Cottage on Biltmore Estate™. The last stretch of the trail (black) is quite narrow and an optional loop.

Deer Park Trail (walking, running, biking)

This challenging uphill trek is quite popular due to the stunning view of Biltmore House it offers. To extend the challenge, start at Antler Hill Village and take the Farm Trail to the Lagoon Trail which leads to the Deer Park Trail. 

Quick Overview of Biltmore’s 22 miles of trails

Download Our Trail Map

Be sure to check out our trail map online before you embark.

All Biltmore trails are pet-friendly, well-maintained, and accessible only to Passholders, lodging guests, and ticketed guests. If you’re looking for a more curated experience, consider one of our guided hiking or biking offerings.

See you on the trails!

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2 years ago

Are these trails free to access or do you have to pay for a Biltmore pass?

2 years ago
Reply to  Amber

Great question, Amber! You must have an admission ticket or Biltmore Annual Pass to access the estate, including gardens, grounds, and trails.

1 year ago

I understand my dog can join us on the hikes and that there are 1st come 1st served kennels at Biltmore – do you have more info on those?

1 year ago
Reply to  Kim

Hey, Kim! — Biltmore’s grounds are perfect for walking your pets, but please keep them securely leashed at all times. Animals (except service animals) are not allowed in any building. — All animals must be leashed on estate grounds for their own safety as well as the comfort of our other guests. Please be courteous of others and pick up after your animal. — There are basic/self-serve locking kennels in a shaded area in Lot C and in Antler Hill Village near the Farmyard. Please plan to supply anything you’d like your dog to have with them during their kennel… Read more »

sandhya mathur
1 year ago

Are dogs allowed? we have tickets for the house so wondering if we can bring our dogs?

1 year ago
Reply to  sandhya mathur

Dear Sandhya: Thanks for your question. The grounds are perfect for walking your pets, but please keep them securely leashed at all times. Animals (except service animals) are not allowed in any building. Animals are allowed on the outdoor patios of Bistro and Cedric’s Tavern, but patio seating should be requested from the host or hostess inside first. All animals must be leashed on estate grounds for their own safety as well as the comfort of our other guests. Please be courteous of others and pick up after your animal. Pets are not permitted at any of the lodging accommodations… Read more »

sandhya mathur
1 year ago

do we need to enter at our ticket time even to hike the trails?

1 year ago

If we have an admission ticket can we use our own bikes on the bike trails. Is there a fee for the self-serve locking kennels for our dog and if so how much is it. Thanks.

1 year ago
Reply to  Sue

Dear Sue,
Thanks for contacting us. Guests with daytime admission tickets may use their own bikes on estate trails. You can pick up a trail map at the Outdoor Adventure Center or Bike Barn in Antler Hill Village. There is no fee for our self-serve kennels, but they are first-come, first-served.

Michael Musselwhite
1 year ago

Can you camp overnight on one of the hiking trails?

11 months ago

Thanks for your question, Mike! Camping is not allowed anywhere on the estate except in very limited instances for Biltmore Equestrian Passholders who opt to stay close to their horses.

7 months ago

Is there a trail map available for download?

7 months ago
Reply to  Jennifer

Dear Jennifer:
You can download a trail map on our outdoor activities page at this link:

6 months ago

I will be buying an annual pass, can I bring a guest to do any of the trails with me for FREE?

3 months ago
Reply to  Rhonda

As a passholder, you can bring adults out to Antler Hill Village for free after 5pm, and a large number of the trails are in that area of the estate.

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