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.

views was amazing.the ladders up the aide of the cliffs was by far my favorite amazing view and a good rush climbing them.o reason im giving it 4 starts instead of 5 is the swinging bridge was a little disappointing not what i thought plus its not 20 dollar's to park its 20 dollars a person but for me well worth it


Beautiful 360° views!

Incredible views!!

Beautiful hike with my 71 year old mom and 70lb golden doodle (IG @joedog_thelatnersdoodle) Trail has been recently cleared. Plan to do a trail run on it in March.

1 day ago

Heading back east from Highlands, NC, we stopped at Looking Glass Falls. It had recently rained and the falls were roaring. Short paved walk to a great viewpoint, very picturesque falls. Definitely worth a stop.

The first 1.5 mile (super elevation gain) is more difficult than moderate (that's a compliment- we love a good technical hike with great summit pay off views), but the loop back is a super easy old service road. Maybe they got to "moderate" averaging them together?

A super plus was the low traffic. We hiked on a bright sunny, warm Sunday and saw only 2 other hikers, while looking glass and other trail heads were packed on the way in.

2 days ago

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.

3 days 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

3 days 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.