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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.

An easy 1.1 mile slightly uphill hike to some pretty falls. Too rough for a stroller but still a wide easy path. About 20-25 min walk to falls. Kids would enjoy it.

The hard work is worth it! Bring water!

The first time we hiked this trail we only went up to the Flat Rock view junction and took the Cragway and Nuwati trails back down to the parking area. This was an awesome loop with amazing views, especially on the Cragway trail. A few months later (with a few more hikes under our belts) we came back to conquer the entirety of the Daniel Boone trail. It was certainly challenging but manageable! We took our time, brought lots of water and some snacks and were glad we did. The views from Calloway Peak are awesome but there is limited space at the top (and while we were there 1000s of flies). We somehow lost the trail for a few minutes on the way back down so keep your eyes peeled for the white blazes!

strenuous at times, lots of scrambling! the view is incredible!! well maintained. I will say 5.6 miles is not accurate, the profile trail plus the calloway peak trail is 3.5 miles to the peak. So plan on a 7 mile round trip, it's so worth the hike!

Pick a day that is cloudless when you go. It will be magnificent I am sure. It was cloudy the day we went and the view was only about 90-120 degrees to the southwest. Trail was pretty wet which makes coming down the rocky trial a bit treacherous.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing views and a few offshoots with fun scrambles to the top!

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Wonderful hike. It had been raining & continued throughout the hike, but not heavy. This was my second time to the top & the view was awe-inspiring. I didn't pass anyone on the way up & I was alone at the top. There was a gentle rain & the wind was blowing through the valley, with just a few clouds floating below. The view was awesome. Needless to say, the hike was well worth my time. The climb was steep, and the trail is well marked. With the rain, the trail was slippery, but not terrible. Didn't fall at all. This is a great trail and I caught it on a perfect day.

hiking
3 days ago

The view at the top was great. The first 1/2-2/3 is relatively constant incline, but flat and well cleared and marked. The last 1/3 is more rocky and the more challenging and worth it.