wild flowers

nature trips



mountain biking

kid friendly

trail running


dogs on leash


dog friendly


scenic driving

fly fishing

horseback riding

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.

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We brought our dogs and it was a fabulous hike! Three short ladders to get to the top. Very good leg workout! We loved the hike. Definitely took all day for us.

1 day ago

The ~ 1 mile road into the trailhead is extremely rough, so if you have a low clearance vehicle, be advised that you'll need to be extremely careful. It's also a very tight single lane with virtually no place to turn around or move right or left if there's oncoming traffic. That makes it difficult if it's a vehicle with a horse trailer. There's also a water crossing on the trail, so be prepared to get your feet wet. FYI

1 day ago

Nice trail. Good workout for a day hike. Waterfall is impressive for its height not its volume. Fair warning, if hiking counter-clockwise don't miss the switch back just before the water fall. I was so taken by the falls that I walked right passed it. Had to double back to find it.

Seriously the most amazingly beautiful place I've ever seen!!! We went at sunset .... Spectacular!!!!

Very nice short hike and kid friendly. Forest service tower half way with terrific views. Loved it.

1 day ago

Beautiful, natural walking trail. Beautiful scenery with some nice falls along the path. My 17, 10 and 7 year olds loved it! Rated more on the easy side then moderate when traveling up to the lower falls. We tried climbing up to the upper falls and it was extremely dangerous which we were dissapointed in. My family made it to the rope section and decided to turn around. You have to use ropes in two different areas to pull yourself up the rocks and one wrong move you can fall off a steep cliff. It was pretty crowded but not too crowded considering it was 70 degree day.

2 days ago

great swimming hole!