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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.

Hard and rewarding hike. It keeps things interesting with the ladders and cables, definitely would not recommend to someone who is not experienced.

I love this trail. I have done it a few times in the past but never in the winter. I did a quick up and back on Jan 14. The trail was icy and the temps cold but the views were amazing and well worth the effort. I highly recommend trekking poles for this trail and they're necessity when it's slick!

Worth every second. Incredible view. Went when it was still quite cold so there was patchy ice at different spots. It seemed to pose a little bit of an issue for some pups in some of the steeper areas towards the top, but wasn’t unmanageable. Absolutely breathtaking.

Fairly moderate hike but it’s absolutely spectacular. We started about an hour and a half before sunrise and got to the top to see one of the best views I’ve ever seen in my life. It was January when we went so it was brutally cold. And we were lucky to go on a less than normal windy day but you can tell this area gets blasted with wind. A ton of ice on the trails which wasn’t terrible to tackle but just slowed things down. If your looking for a western NC hike, this is it. Just dress appropriately. Enjoy!

Great hike w/ 16 yo girl. Enjoyed seeing waterfall and following river. End of trail could be more obviously marked.

Even in winter, amazing views once you reach the end! Make plenty of time to sit up top and enjoy things.

5 days ago

My husband and I got up super early and hiked in the semi dark so that we could be at the top of Beacon Heights at sunrise. Totally worth it!

Awesome scenic trail, would definitely rate it as moderate, the incline doesn’t last too long, but it’s pretty steep. Also, pleaseeeee be careful of ice on the mountain when you go to see the view! A lot of little creeks to cross over so be prepared to get a little wet.

Awesome views

LOVE this trail! It’s not too hard and the end view is beautiful, the tower is amazing! Totally worth it!

on Graybeard Trail

10 days ago

Good hike. You cross the creek three times in the beginning. I was able to cross without wetting my feet. Lots of residual ice on some of the rocks from the freeze last week. Definitely take the Walkers Knob detour...very short but great view. Made it all the way to Greybeard summit.

11 days ago

Tough start but it eases up a bit once you get going. Went during fall and found it to be pretty wet so bring an extra pair of socks because you have to cross the water at several places.

Beautiful when it is frozen.

It was a hard climb, but worth it once you get to the top. A lot of ice still on the trail, so be careful.

I hiked this Christmas Eve and enjoyed throughly enjoyed the trail. There wasn't too many people out, mostly had the trail to myself. The gate to the road is closed so you do have to walk the dirt road to the trailhead. I liked the added distance to it. It is a good moderate trailhead a little scrambling at the end with big rocks.

13 days ago

Short, easy hike and impressive waterfall

Steep and challenging. About as hard as a hike can get in terms of gaining elevation quickly. Wouldn’t expect to finish this one in under 4 hours. Can easily take 5-6 hours if conditions are less than ideal. Make sure you have an entire day to spend. Would not recommend during the winter as it can get icy.

One of my favorites in the high country. Really fun trail with stunning views. Generally like to connect this with Profile and treat it as a point-to-point, but traveling between the two points is tricky.

Not a hike, pull off with a few steps to the base of the falls. Still, sooo worth the stop!

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