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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.

Sunny February day with some ice and slippery mud along the way, that caused this old guy a couple falls... but otherwise great! Terrific trail... looking forward to doing ​it again in the spring without the ice.

rock climbing
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awesome time, I climbed it 3 times today. would not recommend foi the faint at heart...

Beautiful falls! We attempted to see the upper falls but the trails were unmarked, so we never ended up finding it. Trail was relatively easy to the lower falls and our 8 and 5 year old were able to make it up without a problem. We went on a Sunday so it was VERY crowded, but was still a nice hike with beautiful scenery.

This is one of Marions best hikes. I absolutely suggest it

Beautiful with moderate terrain. Not super-well marked.

Very beautiful and wonderful view the whole way up

Hiked it yesterday for the first time, overall it's a great trail! It was very muddy but it stopped being muddy towards the top. The views were simply amazing. Wouldn't call the waterfall a waterfall. But other than that I completely recommend this trail. The last stretch really works your legs.

Not a bad hike overall. A ton more people there during winter than I thought. Took about 3 from the bridge to one of the peaks and an hour back.

Just make sure to show up Early cause you have to be back at your car by 4pm.

Frying pan! Been visiting this spot for years, and can always expect beautiful views from the trail and tower. The top is locked because I'm pretty sure the Forest Service still uses this tower.
But none the less, it's worth the mile and a half!

Looking Glass is the perfect day hike, offering spectacular views. I recommend getting an early start because the trail can get a little crowded year round in the afternoons.

Meh. This was a nice short trail we stopped at on our way to Sliding Rock just because. Moore Cove Falls left much to be desired, especially after viewing Looking Glass Falls right before. Nice for exploring and splashing around during warmer weather, I guess. Perfect for beginners and families with small children, though.