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Best trails in Pisgah National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina? AllTrails has 227 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 128 moderate trails in Pisgah National Forest ranging from 1.1 to 73.2 miles and from 1,102 to 6,282 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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#1 - Looking Glass Rock Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
This is a great hike with a steady climb. There are only a few points where things get a little technical, but wear the right shoes and it’s not bad. The end is amazing - find a spot to sit down and eShow more
#2 - Catawba Falls Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
Easy, short hike to pretty waterfalls. Low effort, high yield. Large parking lot right at the trailhead. SAFETY WARNING: There have been deaths and many injuries caused by hikers falling from the faShow more
#3 - Grassy Ridge Bald via Appalachian Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Grassy Ridge, along the eastern flank of Roan Mountain, is the longest stretch of grassy bald in the Appalachian Mountains, and is an easy hiking destination starting from Carvers Gap. The Roan HighlShow more
#4 - Max Patch Loop via Appalachian Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 48 m
Nice hike along a treeless summit of rolling hills. From the parking area at Max Patch, the trail starts off going north. About 15 minutes into the hike you will come to a sign that indicates the AT Show more
#5 - Mount Mitchell Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 7 h 4 m
Mount Mitchell is challenging hike to the highest peak east of the Mississippi River in the Black Mountain range. The trail starts from the Black Mountain Campground off of South Toe River Road, whichShow more
#6 - Graveyard Fields Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.Show more
#7 - Moore Cove Falls Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 35 m
This is an easy and very kid friendly trail. The main feature here is Moore Cove Falls which is about 50ft high and pours over a rock overhang. A couple of sections tend to be muddy but it's easy to bShow more
#8 - Graybeard Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 5 h 13 m
Graybeard Trail is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Old Fort, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optiShow more
#9 - John Rock Trail Loop
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
John Rock Trail Loop is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Brevard, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
#10 - Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 4 h 11 m
Dogs: Although dogs are allowed on the trail, this trail contains ladders that dogs cannot climb. If your dog is not small enough to lift, it is not recommended to bring a pet on this route. You willShow more
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