Explore the most popular Backpacking trails in Pisgah National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I only hiked 2 miles. Mostly flat to small incline trail in the woods with a beautiful creek near the beginning.

Strenuous, but acceptable. great views

It certainly felt longer than 9.3 miles. Great trail, though. Wonderful scenery. Pack a lunch, as this will take 5 hours or more at a relaxed pace. The MST portion is more challenging than the old road, and the hike up Sam Knob, while not too difficult, requires some care. Poles were a big help.

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3 days ago

Amazing views

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bridge out
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Good workout to the top. No views till you get to Callaway Peak. Three ladders to climb at top along with cables. It's very steep the last half mile. The plane wreck is to the right of the last campground up top. I started at Asutsi Trailhead then connected into Tanawha. The kiosk at Boone Fork Bridge has permits. I met the crew repairing Cragway and Nuwati Trails and those trails should be open in September, along with bridge. Short hike on Tanawha then connect to DBST. I'm whooped!

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rocky
5 days ago

Lung and knee buster. But hey, we are part of the 50-ies crowd. We go at it steady and slow. Took us over 10 hours. Had 1 hour hammock time, a good 45 minutes at the top and 1/2 the time coming off the mountain compared to going up. I believe this trail is more to be considered a feather in our cap, than the most scenic one ever done. Had clouds moving in at the top, so very limited views. Came across butterflies, blackberry bushes, a few salamanders, bumblebees and lots of tourists in flip flops at the top. We enjoyed the heck out of this challenge! Would recommend 2liters of water, hiking stick, and sturdy hiking boots. Enjoy the pain 

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rocky
5 days ago

Beautiful scenery, great hike... definitely not for the faint hearted!

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6 days ago

If you’re looking for a brutal, lonely hike through the secluded woods with very little views (all of which have power lines in the way) and tons of rocks/roots to maneuver around, this is the hike for you. I’m really confused as to why it’s described as being “heavily trafficked”. I tend to solo hike, and as a young female, I use this app to decide which trails would have more people. In my 12 mile journey, I saw 8 total humans on this trail. It was a Friday morning in the beginning of August. How is that heavily trafficked? So I spent 90% of the hike freaked out in the middle of the woods by myself. Tons of people at the top though, mind you. Parking lot was packed out. You can’t enjoy the view because of all the tourists. Not worth the effort in my opinion. If you do decide to take this trail, make sure to wear hiking boots with good grip that support your ankles and bring bug spray. That’s my two cents!

Perfect day @ Max Patch! Went up left, across top and down right. Turns out the right way to go for me.

The only reason this hiking is getting 3 stars is because I extended the hike to hit up Mt. Craig, which made it a 15 mile hike. The hike up Mt Mitchell was a nice hike in the woods, not very many views, and even though I knew you could drive up to the peak, I did not realize how tachy it was, with a good stand at the top???!?! Seriously!?!?! Gross. I would never do this hike again. It was a good workout. And Mt. Craig was worth it!

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rocky
scramble
7 days ago

Did this hike with my husband on a Sunday. We didn't encounter anyone for the first three miles, then we started getting passed by a trail running camp. Boy was that an ego-buster. This trail about killed us. Like someone said previously, the first three miles are better than the last three. But this trail is rocky and rooty the entire time. And the uphill is pretty unrelenting. It's fairly technical and be prepared for a tough climb. We will absolutely do it again and had a (painful) blast, but it's like childbirth - I need to forget how terrible it was before I can do it again. My AllTrails app clocked me at just over 12 miles, but my Apple Watch said over 14. Either way, it's a long haul. Also, can we please close the road to the top to anyone who has not ever climbed up? Cheaters.

Great hike!!!

Beautiful trail, stunning views!

Well maintained trail with a good, gradual elevation gain. The Watauga view was almost 360 degrees and is hard to beat. Would have given it 5 stars but the bridge is still washed out on the Boone fork river. They’re working on it and should have it completed for fall hiking.

Nice easy trail. Beautiful view once you get to top. Would be a good trail for kids. Pack a picnic and hang out at the top of mountain. The road to get there was on some serious back roads with no service, just keep going your going the right way.

Loved it!!! Beautiful views. There is some tough parts (i’m an amateur) but a lot of the hike is very relaxing. Windy and gets chilly during the higher parts of the hike so bring a hoodie if you’re like me and get chilly easy. Wild blueberries and blackberries were a nice treat. Not many bugs but TONS of honeybees flying around doing their business. Definitely a good hike

Gorgeous panoramic views of the Appalachian Mountains along bald mountain tops. High elevation hike that's relatively easy. Southern spruce-fir forest surround the areas creating a unique experience compared to lower altitude forests of the Appalachians. I strongly recommend going. Parking at Carvers can be scarce depending on the day of the week and time of year.

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over grown
rocky
12 days ago

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muddy
rocky
13 days ago

Great hike moderately challenging with great food near the summit

Great views. I started clockwise which was tough for my fitness level. It’s a pretty good hike up some pretty good grades. Careful on the rocks. Moss and dew can be a bit slippery. Trail is marked pretty well.

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muddy
14 days ago

Trail was muddy and wet. Trail definitely got harder the last three miles compared to the 1st three. Still completed in good time. Cloudy at the top, not much in the way of views. Too many little kids and family’s. Go during the week if you plan on doing this trail.

A great hike, a little more than I had expected, but all in all a wonderful hike. Be careful of the hornets & bears . My wife had a bad experience with a hornet! The falls where covered buy a canopy of trees late in summer but they will return to see it in late fall early winter.

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bridge out
scramble
16 days ago

wife and I did this one today. whew! what a workout! 2hr 48min up from Asutsi trail head to Calloway Peak, and 2hr 9min down. we moved at a good pace, but we are no trail runners or anything. be just your average weekend warriors. we are having fun complaining about how hard this trail kicked out asses. covered 8.88 miles total. trail was in good shape and clearly marked with brand new white blazes.

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