nature trips


wild flowers

trail running


dogs on leash

mountain biking

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fly fishing

scenic driving

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.

15 hours ago

Difficult and challenging hike. Views were awesome. Highly recommended.

Love this trail!

This trail was a great workout. With multiple overlook stops, a picnic, and a tree climb we completed the hike in 3 1/2 hrs. Loved it

1 day ago

The Coontree Loop is a great hiking trail that begins on a slight uphill yet gradual becomes more steep lovely babbling brooks run beside the trail for several 100 yards. We took the Bennet Gap trail up to a cleared rock area for beautiful vistas of Looking Glass Rock and then made our way back, downhill and a lot easier than the first half. Great half day hike!

Took just under 5 hours round trip from new parking lot to peak, including a stop at peak to rest and grab a snack. Great trail, but very rocky/steep near top. Bottom 1-1.5 miles is pretty easy. Great hike, not too challenging, but left us pretty sore the next day!!

Challenging but well worth the view!

This is more of a road side stop than a trail. Easy to get to and worth the stop on the way to Brevard.

1 day ago

Pretty much a straight up the mountain kind of trail. To get to the head of the trail you need to drive down a dirt road for like 4 miles. The view was blocked by trees when we got to pilot rock. Trail could use some maintenance.

This trail connects with other trails making it a fun choose your path game. Great in the fall if you want to see the leaves.

2 days ago