dogs on leash
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.
We hiked Frying Pan this morning. Basically you are hiking an old gravel road for about 3/4th mile uphill. There was not much to see on the way up except for the beautiful fall colors on the trees along the way. When you reach the summit there is a big TV transmission tower and a fire observation tower. You can climb the steps to the observation tower. It was a little breezy but the 360 views were quite awesome especially due to the vivid fall colors!
What an outstanding trail in WNC!!!
The trail has very little elevation change considering the overall length.
I would guess 65% of the trail is shaded - which really helps on an August hike
We only passed a dozen hikers (and that accounts for the 4 legged trekkers too.)
Colors were great even in late summer - both plants and insects.
What an awesome trail! The trail can have a few soft spots after a rain, but it can all be passed and remain dry and clean!
The access is only too easy. There are good lavatory facilities at the trailhead (not a normal feature for most hikes)
If your time and skill allows, I would highly recommend an hour diversion off to the Mtn to Sea trail.
The BRP was outstanding as well, with the colors are just changing.
My only complaint would have to be parking for the trail - I actually parked up the parkway at the overlook and walked back down. Weekend parking is always a challenge, and during leaf peeping season, it is worse!
Second time hiking this, brought my girlfriend this time and it was just amazing!! The views are incredible, and it was a foggy day, BUT on the mountain we were above the fog, so it literally looked like we were above the clouds! Was Epic!! Love this trail!