Looking for a great trail in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina? AllTrails has 179 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 97 moderate trails in Pisgah National Forest ranging from 0.9 to 73.2 miles and from 1,354 to 6,282 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
13 hours ago

very nice for a 1 mile trail

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
13 hours ago

awesome trail!!! biting flies are no fun but that's apart of the game. it took my gf and I about 5.5 hours with breaks .. slow going but fun.

hiking
15 hours ago

The lower fall trail is nice but short. The upper fall trail is completely not worth the effort, would avoid.

hiking
15 hours ago

It’s muddy when we were there. Resting on the rock at the end is cool.

hiking
17 hours ago

Worth the side trip if you are going to Grassy Ridge/ Roan Mountain State Park. Easy short hike to see an impressive water fall.

Great views the whole time. Our 6 & 9 year old enjoyed as well. A fun / safe challenge for the whole family.

Magical! You’ll need good shoes and a sense of adventure. There are rocks to climb, streams to cross and beauty everywhere. I donated my phone to one of the waterfalls, but was surrounded by too much beauty to care. Just gorgeous! Also, noticed AllTrails says “no dogs.” We called the ranger and was told dogs were allowed. Our pup LOVED this hike; however, this is not for all dogs. Adventurous pups with good climbing and swimming skills will do best.

Nice, easy, short hike with a really nice waterfall at the end.

hiking
muddy
no shade
rocky
1 day ago

Maybe we took the wrong trail? They're not very clearly marked. Was Rocky the WHOLE way and tons of water. Had my 2 & 5 yo with me otherwise wouldn't have cared too much. Carried 2yo the way there and she did walk the way back but had to hold her hand. Very nice walk tho. Not strenuous at all. We didn't make it to the end but there was still a great view the whole way.

starts off easy to moderate ends moderate to hard. nice trail. great view. lots of people out enjoying this one on the holiday weekend.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 day ago

This is such a great trail, though recent heavy rains have made the few washed out sections pretty sloppy.

Beautiful views! Great for camping

hiking
washed out
2 days ago

Just a note, if it has rained a lot the top portion of the trail is heavily washed out making it likely your feet will get wet. No regrets

easy walking trail to get to the lower falls but not an easy task to reach the upper falls and is not advised

It takes zero effort to see this beautiful waterfall. Literally on the side of the road. You can see from the road as you pass by if you like. Make the stop and enjoy.

The trailhead is on the arboretum grounds which charges $14 to park. (We parked on the road a little ways up.) Hard Times is a gravel road A bit of incline but not too steep. The trail back down is nice, through a variety of trees. No stunning vistas per se but some nice views here & there. A pleasant loop overall.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

Nice hike in campsites near the water! The river was gorgeous and chilly. We did go after two days of heavy rain. No flooding, just a few mud spots.

hiking
off trail
rocky
2 days ago

Very pretty.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
2 days ago

This was a beautiful hike! My husband and I completed this 4/15/19-4/17/19 right after large thunderstorms rolled through on 4/14. Water was available throughout the hike, although there was a stretch in the middle between shelters (before and after Pilot Mountain) where we didn’t find water right off the trail outside of the lean-tos. There was ample water at the lean-tos marked on the maps. We brought an extra 2L Platypus sleeve just in case and we’re glad that we did.

We did get off the trail a few times down spur trails in the first quarter of our hike both in and after the narrows, but we upgraded to the Pro version of AllTrails and was able to correct our mistakes quickly (within 20-50 feet). I like that the downloaded maps show where others have traveled before you (with the fainter red line). On airplane mode, I used about 50-60% of my iPhone battery on days 1 and 2. We brought an external charger which worked perfectly.

We camped in the conifer forest around mile 11.2 on Day 1 to escape the high winds on tops of the balds of Shining Rock. However, since it was very shaded, it got cold very quickly and we weren’t able to readily find a close by water source. Also, since the ground was covered in pine needles instead of leaves, it was hard to hear animals (which could be good or bad depending on the backpacker). We wish we had gone an extra 0.2 miles because there were other campsites after the forest that we’re not covered by pine trees. We were delighted to find pre-rigged bear bag lines at Butter Gap.

Overall, bring extra water if it hasn’t rained much right before you hike and upgrade to the Pro version of this app and download the Art Loeb map prior to getting to the northern trailhead (no service there) so that you can navigate.

The views were worth it!

hiking
snow
washed out
3 days ago

Great hike, but we had some snow and rain. Tough but so good! Def bring poles for the downhill as there are some big step downs, save those knees friends!

hiking
4 days ago

Perfect balance for family of 4 - did in just over 2 hours

This simple trail is a great place to go with hikers who are less experienced and want a nice view. The lower falls is a great swimming spot, too!

over grown
rocky
4 days ago

loved this trail waterfall was vary cool

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

A great trail to do on a weekday or bad weather to cut down on the crowd (it’s popular). Pretty standard hill climb, and a nice one at that!

hiking
6 days ago

On Thursday, April 18th, the gate on the forest road was locked at Route 215. This would make the round trip distance more than 6 mile longer than the posted .6 mile. Wish there was a posted schedule for when the forest road was opened.

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 days ago

The first and last mile on the way out are pretty brutal, but the middle portion is very leisurely. Views off waterfall and mountains well worth it.

hiking
bugs
rocky
6 days ago

Everything it was supposed to live up to happened. Don’t do this one in the afternoon when it’s hot or if you’re inexperienced. Stiff then moderate ascent continuously for a little less than 5 1/2 miles. You can continue on to the Pinnacle for an additional 4 miles round-trip as well as 1000 more feet in elevation gain. I’m just fine with the 4073 that I got. Summitted Glass Rock Knob and some other locations around the Parkway before returning.

hiking
muddy
over grown
7 days ago

Using the Cat Gap Trail to access Johns Rock, this trail finished at 4.8mi. A narrow path, not much of a view or interest til you get to the Johns Rock for the Looking Glaas view. It was ok.

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