Explore the most popular forest 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.

Hiked on a cold Dec day with snow on ground. Beautiful views of the river. One section was a bit tricky at the edge of the water; quite narrow and was slick. From Elk River Falls pkg it’s def closer to 8 miles RT. The path forks off of the Elk River Falls trail at the very beginning onto a dirt/gravel road From there you end up on part of the Appalachian Trail. Follow the white markers, keeping primarily to the right goingout.

Great little hike with a very rewarding view at the top!

Departed on the trail around 5am and took about four hours to get to the top (because of a snow storm). The entire trail was a winter wonderland while I hiked it. Brutally cold but so rewarding. The view is well worth the strenuous hike. The last .4 miles is extremely strenuous, especially in the winter.

One of the most rewarding hikes I've ever done. It's a tough one (especially on a windy day! There were times when we considered going back because we felt like we were about to get blown off the mountain into the fog below) and we didn't even get to see the views because of the fog. That's mountain weather though--the forecast called for sunny clear skies! When we finished this hike, I felt proud. I highly recommend this for anyone in or around North Carolina, but only if you're at least somewhat experienced.

this is a must to do. a great roadside waterfall. only a few minutes to walk to the bottom for a nice dip or to get some great photos. i went late September when school was back in. i would assume all summer there would be a lot of people. still a must see and cant under stand why anybody would give this fall less than 5 stars

The hike up is not near as hard as people say. The “suck” is that there’s no water source up top - which translates to a heavy backpack. I camped over night on top and it was a wonderful experience. Do watch your step when on the rock face. One slip on a frosty morning and you could become splatter at the base of the mountain.

Excellent views and pretty mild hike

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Old Butt is not an easy trail, with or without a pack. We did an up and down of old butt knob.

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