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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.

Loved it! We went when it was quite foggy and the most was beautiful. Definitely hike into the Forrest. Mid-September is beautiful. Reminded me of snow whites Forrest

This is our absolute favorite hike. It's challenging but the view is spectacular and in my opinion one of the best in the area. You can see the Blue Ridge Parkway in the distance and the overlook for Skinny Dip Falls trail (another favorite hike). I love the gradual uphill switchbacks that eventually turn into large rock boulders (and a helicopter pad for search and rescue) and then the terrain changes again as you reach the summit. The helicopter pad let's you know that you are about 2/3 the way up. Just before the vista, the trail goes down - don't be surprised by the downward slope ... just keep going! It's breathtaking! It's a continuous hike up - and then all down hill on the way back - which in my opinion was almost harder then the way up. Try to hike this trail midweek when it isn't so crowded. This is a bucket list hike for sure!

great hike, thick vegetation, many off trails, three tier waterfall with pools. full of adventure. moderate level. ❤

hiking
1 day ago

Nice loop with two distinct halves. Eastern half stays close to South Fork of Mills River and has a wetland/riverside feel; also features some nice boardwalks. Western half has a little more up and down and has more of a foothills feel. Somewhat popular because it is one of the few fairly flat hikes of significant length in the area. On the harder side of easy due to the length. Overall, a very nice and fairly easy day hike.

hiking
1 day ago

Short but beautiful hike with amazing views at the summit. It's an easy hike and well worth it. Definitely going back here. It's very serene at the summit if you have it all by yourself.

hiking
2 days ago

good work out close to home

First of all, this trail is not a loop from the Davidson River Rec area and is not 7.2 miles. We used the ranger station map to get to the trail head at Buckhorn Gap. We noticed on the map that if we got on the trail at Clawhammer Cove, just before BG, we could make a counter clockwise loop hike to the falls and add some distance. In reality, Twin Falls trail is an out and back of 4 miles from the BG trailhead. Getting on at Clawhammer Cove, about .2 before BG on the same access road, then picking up on Clawhammer Road, we could then run back in to Buckhorn Gap to the falls. That ended up making a nice loop of almost 6 miles. As we were walking back from the falls we found several nice spots get in the water and cool off before we got back to the car. Also, the falls are not marked well so be on the lookout for a short spur trail that will take you to them. You will hear them, but in summer they are hard to see without taking the spur. All in all, this loop route was very pleasant and not difficult at all. All of the trails were marked and we had no difficulty finding our way. We did this on a Monday and only saw 2 other people.

e traveled to Brevard North Carolina from Buffalo NY for a hiking trip and this was an Amazing Hike!! The view at the Summit was breath taking, 100% worth the effort up! This is one I recommend when anyone hikes is Pisgah! The photos I took from the top does not do it justice!! This should be on everyone's bucket List