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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.

great place to ride

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I've hiked this trail 4 times, I feel like a lot of people stop at the first big waterfall but if you go a little further up past the 3 ropes and keep to left there's an even more amazing waterfall not too far ahead. This is hands down my favorite place to go in the summer

hiking
1 day ago

On the easier side of moderate; absolutely beautiful trail!

Pleasant mixed terrain, steeper sections with more moderate sections alternating with nice view points. Very nice.

nice quick hike! The view is amazing, great view of table rock! bring some water and it’s really fun to explore all around at the top

Great 360 view of the smokies!

Nice trail but it can be pretty crowded. Watch out for snakes all over the rock face.

hiking
3 days ago

Awesome adventure on our last hike! The bridge had been washed away so we simply crossed through the creek on the hike in. As soon as we got to the falls we got hit with a massive storm. We raced back up the trail and when we got back to the bridgeless crossing the creek had become a raging river. We used some rope and rigged up a harness so we could safely get through the water without getting swept away. We were soaked but it was an awesome experience!

hiking
3 days ago

I tried this trail while visiting the falls. This was a wet trail most of the way due to the rains. It was shady most of the trail. I did not find much of interest on this hike other then going around the water puddles and muddy areas. I got a good work out though.

Really enjoyed this trail. The section of the AT along the way has been improved greatly and is at times in excellent condition. There are several ascents and descents along the way reaching the destination. Multiple summits are achieved hiking along the trail and periodic entry and exit through dense Rhododendron and other brush and trees pay off with beautiful panoramic views. At times the terrain reminded me of hiking in Ireland.

hiking
4 days ago

After several weeks of rain, this was the perfect opportunity to hike this beautiful trail. The Falls were very cool and refreshing after a somewhat difficult hike. Guess, I should have traveled left instead of right?!? It appears that a lot of mountain biking is done on this trail. A good portion of the trail follows a stream and there were many opportunities to take photos. Definitely put this one on your bucket list.

What a beautiful hike. And quite a workout! Definitely go see Calloway Peak and sit for a bit at the nearby overlook.

Great hike! It was wonderful hike! The waterfall however isn’t on the trail, it’s on the road. Such an amazing view at the end. You’re walking through a dense forest of white oaks, ferns, magnolia trees, and red maples, then all of the sudden it just opens up to an amazing view of the near by blue ridge mountains. Say a while and enjoy the breeze and maybe a slight rain shower.

Absolutely beautiful view makes this hike well worth it! Like others, clocked this at around 6 miles, not the 5 advertised. A fair amount of switchbacks going uphill and the last 1 mile has some steep patches for moderate hikers. My husband had torn a muscle in his leg the week before and found this challenging but not impossible. Loved this hike!!

Short and sweet with a nice overlook. Parking area has great view of Grandfather Mountain. We were there on a very foggy day but when the clouds cleared for a few moments it looked amazing!

hiking
5 days ago

Really nice short hike with a slight incline through the woods until you reach the big multi-level falls. The mist felt so nice on a hot (and hungover) day. A little crowded for a Sunday afternoon but not too bad, the beautiful falls were definitely worth it!

literally almost lost my life And my dogs life's. tails is not marked!!!!!;
stay away!!!! please

1.) we got to the trail head at 8 am and were the only car in the lot. When we got back 4 hours later, the lot was completely full and there were cars dangerously parked all along the side of the curvy roads
2.) my watch said 6.4, all trails says 5.5, and my girlfriend's all trails say 5.3 miles. No matter what, it's definitely longer than 5.0 miles so be prepared.
About 21 switch backs if we counted correctly.
3.) Since we got there early, we were the first ones up. We enjoyed our peace and quiet for about 30-45 min when a swarm of people made it to the top.
3.) If you're taking your dog, please be responsible and make sure your dog can handle it. We saw several dogs over heating on the way down.
4.) there were an unbelievable amount of people who had absolutely no gear or preparation or water for the 6 mile hike. On top of that we passed someone SMOKING A CIGARETTE. Unreal. Please respect nature and the reason we're out there people!
Would have given a 4 out of 5 but not for the traffic and the people.

Great hike, took our four year and and our dog. They loved it. Waterfall is beautiful

hiking
8 days ago

This was a beautiful hike and gave us a great view as we are learning our new home. The only down side was the road there was a bit confusing the first time. Stop and ask any locals you see on your way up... they were very helpful. Follow signs to the picnic area

This is one of my favorite trails, starts out like is going to be super easy, then is really rocky and a lot of fun, beautiful all the way. You won't regret taking this trail!

My wife and I decided to hike today regardless of the rain, and Hawksbill seemed to be the place. It was muddy but one of the best short hikes ever. The trail is easy until you have to chose left or right. The "left" is rocky, and fairly steep, but so worth it. She and I are going back when it's clear...can't wait!!!

This is a strenuous hike, but it is very well worth it. There is an incredible view at the end and lots of beautiful flora and fauna along the way.

This hike is very challenging, but has awesome views and is well marked.

What a great hike (May 12th) and what spectacular views from Calloway Peak! This is a well travelled route with the first third easy to moderate, the middle very strenuous as the upward slope seems to endure a very long time and the last third a mixed portion of climb and plateau. Give yourself 6-8 hours to complete this hike (we logged 270 floors climbed and 24000 steps), bring some energy bars and a lunch and lots of water. About 2/3 up is a trickling freshwater spring where you can fill your water bottle for the way down ... and don't underestimate the energy you require for the downhill portion. The views were spectacular from the 4 lookout points at the peak and the few small ladder portions (max ladder height was 6 steps) weren't an issue at all - they're solid and well secured. We were exhausted by the return to the parking lot, but we set ourselves a pretty solid pace clocking complete just over 6 hours!

I must have hit this trail before the crowds started for the season. It was a perfect May evening. We hiked up with packs and landed one of the only three campsites that I saw. This site was about 100ft. from the lookout and the incredible sunset on the lookout made the strenuous hike up completely worth it.

really good spot, easily accessible and falls were impressive. great short afternoon hike following a long morning hike. would recommend.

gorgeous panoramic views. 360 degree unobstructed awesomeness.

short, nice little beauty spot. must see all 4 seasons

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