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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.
I love this hike. Just keep on climbing. Amazing 360-degree views of PNF from the top, including Looking Glass Rock, Mt. Hardy, Mt. Pisgah, and the Balsams. Easy to pick up some speed going down he back from the summit to Deep Gap. Like another reviewer said, the forest service road back is a little boring, but it didn't take anything away from the whole.
One of my favorite waterfalls in WNC. The trail is pretty gentle for the majority of the hike with a couple stream crossings and a mini scramble or two over a few rocks. From the base of Lower Falls to Upper Falls is tricky. Not to be hiked in wet weather. The falls themselves are gorgeous.
There's a lot of up on this one, but the stream the trail follows is pleasant and energizing. There are quite a few spots along the way with beautiful views of the surrounding ranges when the thick summer foliage isn't too dense. Nice campsite on the way to Walker's Knob, which is a perfect spot for lunch.
Absolutely gorgeous waterfall! Pictures can't do it justice! Really must see the beauty of the flow, so many levels, person. The size is massive! The hike itself is a bit uneventful, Non strenuous. 1 mile total round trip. I highly recommend having a hiking partner. No reports have been filed that I know of, but anytime you hike alone, down a single in and back gravel service road, it's better to be wise. Always exercise caution and/or be sure to protect yourself.
This is a very challenging trail NOT for the inexperienced hiker or for the faint of heart. It is moderately difficult until you get to the Shanty springs and then it is pretty much straight up and, as the write up says, "rocky" which, loosely translated means, BOULDERS. Plan on 2 + hours from Hwy 105 to the peak and, depending on your physical state at the top, an equal or greater amount of time on the way back down. And, no, it is not easier coming down. The same terrain and ascents that required superior leg strength and mobility are there on the way down with the added feature of gravity pulling you face first towards the rocks that you are trying to navigate. It is very well marked in both directions and a great experience if you are up for a full day of strenuous hiking.