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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.

Hiked this a few days after it snowed. The rock was covered in some places with ice and snow. There were places to climb down safely to get a better view. Great views of Looking glass rock and the parkway.

hiking
1 day ago

Being a native of Asheville N.C. I have always seen this mountain from afar everyday but have never set out to summit it. It was worth it. The views on a clear day are spectacular. I highly recommend for hikers of any skill level.

Amazing hike. Quite easy with a few uphills. Beautiful waterfall, makes for a great day hike.

Great falls to visit year round. Easy to get to in the snow.

Great trail but the signage is terrible and John Rock trail loop actually starts as the Cat Gap loop trail. Also, I would rate it moderate instead of easy. Great views!

Trail is definitely longer than 5.3. more like 6.5 or so miles. The view at the end is worth it.

Nice easy scenic hike.

Well marked. Reviews were very helpful - if you start on blue trail marks, and follow big piney, then take the southbound ridge to complete the loop. Steady up hill to big piney and then past that to the ridge intersection. We thought the trail was more moderate but probably depends on how much you hike. Overall very enjoyable even though we went when It was foggy and a bit rainy. Great for a 3 hour little burner

I love this somewhat hidden gem. Nothing like seeing both Elk River Falls and Jones Falls in one afternoon. I like taking the harder trail there, which is covered by a great deal of brush and some slanted, muddy, very narrow pathways. I enjoy taking a lunch at Jones Falls. It generally takes 60-90 minutes to climb the mostly uphill trek to Jones Falls and 60 to return back to the parking lot at Elk River Falls. It's a great workout!

Nice varied terrain. Several river crossings, most with good bridges. Only passed 2 couples, otherwise total solitude. Pretty steep inclines, but doable for me as a 50 year old not in great shape. . Very nice views. Saw one deer.

sweet views at the top. really enjoyed this trail, its a good workout but not long enough to be too challenging tho.

These are very nice falls! I would recommend going right after a good rain to watch them roar. The steps down may be slippery. Please keep children off the rocks and away from the water when it is roaring from the rain!

This is a very nice, compacted trail. Families should easily be able to take the kids. Check out the 2 huge boulders on the way up...the trail runs between them.

A very nice short hike. Once I was there I met another hiker who told me about the other Falls to the left of Moore Cove. Just a short walk across two creeks and up a hill. It was pretty nice as well and worth it!

Beautiful, easy, refreshing watering hole!

Beautiful! Stunning waterfall :)

Beautiful!

Beautiful views ! It was fun walking around the crags. Take extra water for your dog. Steep end climb to the top- hard on a mid50 year old with aging knees and not good shape- but so worth it! Some amazing photos are
posted. Thanks for sharing them!

I love the view in the winter

hiking
16 days ago

Easy hike with a beautiful pay off.

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