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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
4 days ago

This hike is not for faint of heart. If hiked clockwise the last 2 miles are very steep up with the last mile also being very step down. It would appear that soil erosion has caused part of the problem because there isn't much to grip going down. The Lost Cove trail can be difficult to find on your right when you near the end of the Timber Ridge Trl at the top of the mountain. Be patient, it's there, it just doesn't get much use and starts you straight down the mountain.

Follow the gravel road up a slight incline to the tower (the trail is not marked). Be prepared for the strong winds at the top! Amazing views await those brave enough to climb the stairs to the top!

hiking
4 days ago

Head South on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pisgah parking area is at mile marker 407. It is a steep and rocky trail to the summit. The view is definitely worth it! Be sure to visit nearby Pisgah Inn and enjoy the view from the rocking chairs, then grab a bite to eat at the restaurant.

We missed the wildflowers, but otherwise a beautiful trail. No view till you get to Cloudland Mtn.

I gave this hike 5 stars for the views alone. Much of the hike is surrounded by beautiful 360 degree views of the mountains. If you want picturesque views of the East TN/ Western NC mountains, then this is the place! As others have said, you're exposed to the elements the entire hike so dress & pack appropriately. The trail is well maintained & very busy for the first half of the hike. Good trail for dogs or kids that are used to hiking.

hiking
5 days ago

A nice fairly easy access Waterfall in a awesome nature location. Lots of nice local sedimentary geology.

Great, well maintained trail! Very clean bathrooms at trail head. 5-6 different trails to try in one location. Trail can get very muddy after a rainfall.