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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.

Beautiful day. Great hike with views throughout. 7 and 10 year old were thrilled

Just completed this trail yesterday and really enjoyed the overlook. Only issue we faced as newcomers to the trail was when the trail splits at three different points which was confusing. The first split on the trail has a tree with a yellow trail mark on the right path so we went right. The next split was further down where the forest opens up with visibility and we chose to go left. The last split in the trail was almost 100 ft away from the overlook so even though we went left again I doubt going right would not bring you to another overlook location, but don't take my word for it. We arrived at the overlook after about an hour of steady pace and most of these pictures posted just can't do the view justice. Highly recommend this trail for a short day hike and be wary that the parking near the trail head only allows for 4 car spaces approximately.

Great little spot. We climbed over some rocks and enjoyed a picnic lunch.

I love this trail! Easy hike for the kids and well worth climbing to the top for the views. Will definitely go again.

Hiked today and loved the views and greenery. Also the rocks and boulders along the paths were fun to climb on. The weather was amazing!

Loved the trail! Kid friendly. No hike needed to reach this beauty!

Absolutely loved this hike, only ran into a few other hikers and was at the falls for over an hour with no one else around. Definitely a trail I will be going on again.

This is by far one of my favorite places to visit year round! It's beautiful but especially in the fall!!

Great view! Well marked with yellow trail blazes. Definitely worth it!

The 360 view is totally worth it. Also great walk on buckeye ridge trail nearby.

4 days ago

Short and fun hike for beautiful views.

Beautiful. Must go.

4 days ago

Great views. Fun hike.

absolutely beautiful. took about 4 minutes to get to the view.

This trail was the first real hike I've ever done. I loved it! I definitely would say it is hard for an inexperienced hiker but I made it. I've been 4 times since then and its just as beautiful each time. The top makes it worth it! Especially in the summer time. I would definitely recommend this one if you're looking for a day trip.