nature trips

wild flowers



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.

It's not a bad trail. I'd skip upper falls, and just do the lower fall and loop. Some switch backs, not the best marked trail, but you find your way.
I do it 1-2x a year.

11 hours ago

I love it here!! Great views. Different trail options. Weather can completely be different from top of the bald to down in the valley. Not hard hikes, but very beautiful!

17 hours ago

A favorite of ours; good for my 5yr old.

This was an awesome hike to take with our two-year-old. After we got past the steep part at the beginning (with a sharp drop-off!) he was able to hike the whole way on his own with lots to stop & see. We really enjoyed the waterfall at the end - especially that we could take a walk behind it (might depend on time of year?). Exceeded our expectations!

4 days ago

Great trail. Surprised to find the ranger station closed on the weekends. And the last bit of road to the trail head was closed (locked gate) so we parked at the lot by the horse stables and walked adding a little more mileage. The hike was beautiful.

This trail is beautiful. Its not marked but with Google maps it is easy to find. It is flat but definitely rocky in places. Many places along the trail make for great photo ops. I am looking forward to going back soon to run that trail. It was great!

It was a beautiful foggy January day in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The trail was muddy. The falls were gorgeous. I highly recommend this trail and even when Muddy.

Trail is pretty unmarked. Difficult to find at first, but was very nice on the western side of the trail for first 2 miles that crosses a stream a handful of time; eastern half for the most part follows an access road that isn't very exciting.

7 days ago

8 days ago