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The Pisgah National Forest is a land of mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes. Comprised of over 500,000 acres, the Pisgah is primarily a hardwood forest with whitewater rivers, waterfalls and hundreds of miles of trails. This national forest is home of the first tract of land purchased under the Weeks Act of 1911 which led to the creation of the national forests in the eastern United States. It is also home of the first school of forestry in the United States, now preserved at the Cradle of Forestry in America historic site, and boasts two of the first designated wilderness areas in the east. The Pisgah, Grandfather and Appalachian Ranger Districts are scattered along the eastern edge of the mountains of western North Carolina and offer visitors a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoying the natural beauty of the mountains.
Great hike! The beginning is at a steady incline, then it levels out before another steady incline at the end. Amazing views of the Seven Sisters Ridge at the top! I was definitely sore the next day. There is a cute waterfall about halfway that is a nice spot to take a break.
We did this in the winter with temps in the upper 20s and it was pretty dang cold due to the wide open views. What I liked about this hike was the fact that it had great views most of the hike. You could choose to do the whole thing or stop before the end. We parked at Carvers and hiked up and found the trail easily. I'd recommend doing this on a day that wasn't freezing for a more enjoyable experience. Wind can get moving pretty well here.
I have done the Profile Trail to Calloway Peak several times but this was my first doing Daniel Boone Scout Trail. I definitely preferred this route. I think it's slightly easier. We had one in our group huffing and puffing pretty good so i wouldn't call it an easy hike at all. The ladders on this route are more impressive than Profile Trail. Some fun rocks to climb along the way. The last half mile was the hardest part by far. Be sure to check out the plane wreck when you get to the ladder section. It's tucked in the woods to the right. The view is well worth the workout at the top. On the way back down to the Parking lot we took Cragway Trail which was a great choice. It leads you back to the. Natawa Trail which connects you to the parking lot section. Easy to find on the map. Some great views along the way if you go Cragway down. I wouldn't go that way on the way up though because it seemed MUCH more steep. On the way down it was a fun change up from the same route and views as on the way up. Overall this was a great hike and will be doing it many more times.
This trail is definitely difficult. Most of the time you are on a steep incline. I needed a break here and there. But, the end is worth the work. You know you are near the end when you start going down hill for a bit. The view is beyond words. Definitely a must do if you are in the Brevard, NC area. Approximately a 3 hour round trip.