Mount Pisgah Trail

MODERATE 190 reviews
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Mount Pisgah Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
702 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Mount Pisgah area trails include several trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the moderate and popular 3.2 mile RT out and back trail to the summit of Mt. Pisgah and some spectacular views. Mount Pisgah area trails include several trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway near and to the summit of Mt. Pisgah - the moderate and popular 3.2 mile RT out and back namesake trail. Easily visible from most of downtown Asheville, Mount Pisgah's 5721' summit supports the transmission tower for WLOS-TV, channel 13. The summit trail is a rocky, steep climb through hardwoods, rhododendron and mountain laurel tunnels, to 360 degree views (which are somewhat subdued because of the TV tower). Starting at the back of the parking area on the south side of the parkway, the initially flat and rocky trail traverses over the Buck Spring tunnel across the BRP through high-elevation hardwood forest. The first half of the hike gains only about 200', while the other half gains 521'. The steep part of the trail is essentially a very rocky staircase through mountain laurel thickets and stands of varying hardwoods. At the summit stands the transmission tower for WLOS-TV, channel 13, and an observation deck. The tower subdues the view, but the view is still spectacular, especially to the south and west. The parking area, the Campground & Pisgah Inn are easily visible to the south; the Shining Rock Wilderness to the west; the Great Smoky Mountains farther to the west; and to the northeast, the city of Asheville, Craggy Mountains, and Mount Mitchell. Connecting trails adding views and mileage include the Buck Spring trail, the 3.6 mi. one-way Pilot Rock Trail, the Little Pisgah Ridge Trail, the 7.4 mile Laurel Mountain Trail, as well as many miles along the Mountains-to-Sea and Shut-in trails. The 16.3 mile Shut-In trail is the original route from George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate to the Buck Spring lodge, his mountain getaway.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this today with our 2 teenage sons. The hike to the top is rocky and steep in some spots. While not a terribly long hike, it can be challenging. We enjoyed the scenery though. The view from the top was okay. The tower puts a damper on it a bit. The foliage was rather high so the views were obscured a bit. I would do it again as it was fun and presented a nice short hike that was still challenging.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellently maintained trail. Mostly rock-steps. Fairly steep ascent. Took 27 minutes to go up at a fairly steady, brisk pace. Went on Monday late afternoon and there was little traffic--saw less than 20 people round-trip. The view was meh. Don't go up because you think you're getting an awesome view. You will be disappointed. Go up because you want a nice 1.1 mile hike up a mountain on a rocky trail.

1 month ago

Very crowded trail if you go on a weekend day. Somewhat moderately strenuous uphill to a overlook. The views are nice but really are marred by the news tower at the same location. There are better hikes to go on in the area to be honest. Not a top pick to take visitors to.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful green hike, great to do in the a.m. Lots of side trails to explore as well. Will be doing again regularly

hiking
1 month ago

Good short hike. Rock "staircase" for most of the ascent which is helpful - it does get fairly steep as you get closer to the top. Nice nearly 360 degree views from the deck on top except for where the tower is - today was a bit hazy. Buggy on top which shortened the stay. Overall very nice.

1 month ago

Strenuous climb. View was a little disappointing for all that work. Good workout though.

1 month ago

Good hike, dog friendly, but with an ok view at the top. Could be better.

hiking
1 month ago

Tough trail for fat guys as the climbing is constant and steep. The view at the top on the observation deck is spectacular, although it would be nice to have some benches there. No entrance fee, no restrooms at the trailhead, and plenty of parking. If you have physical limitations or cardio issues, I would advise against this trail. Otherwise be ready to take plenty of pictures.

trail running
1 month ago

GPS said 2.4 miles round trip. First roughly 3/4 runable, after that your pretty much hiking the last half mile to top. Expect 25-50 min round-trip for your run. Trail very well maintained

2 months ago

Good hike for any skill level if you can handle stairs. Cell tower at peak is why I gave it 4 stars and not 5.

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect short hike. Typically I'll do this one early morning when fewer crowds and before breakfast. There are some steep areas that are unconsolidated large rocks, but the trail is well maintained. Trailhead is at the end of the parking lot, don't be tricked by the small trail near the overlook at the front of the parking lot

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, well-maintained trail with many wild flowers along the way to a worthy summit view - albeit next to a huge broadcast tower. Difficulty level is so subjective, but I’d say this is more of an easy than moderate trail, mainly because it’s just so short. The last bit is a bit steep but no more than being on a stair master for 15 or 20 mins. The rest of the hike is pretty mellow. Took a little over an hour for me and I’m pretty slow.

3 months ago

Beautiful and well maintained. Went on an overcast day so the view was nothing but white clouds and a little bit of precipitation was to be felt. Still it was a nice hike. Will be back and look forward to the view.

4 months ago

Tough rocky climb. Not recommended for kids under 6. Great views are the reward.

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
9 months ago

Being from Florida, this trail was a bit tougher. So worth the effort though. Views were spectacular

hiking
10 months ago

This is an out and back trail that has a moderate inclination. The trail has rough spots with a lot of roots and rocks with some steep inclines also noted. Once you get to the top, there is a platform to view the area; I personally was underwhelmed. There is a huge electrical/cell tower that, to me, ruins he natural view. There are a lot more hikes in The Asheville area that have gorgeous views without man made objects changing the views.

10 months ago

Great hike!! Was very cloudy, no view at the top....but the fall colors made the rest of hike nothing short of majestic!

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail. Take it from the near by camp ground and it adds almost 4 miles to the hike round trip.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a great trail to do at sunset. A nice gradual start, and then it progresses to stone steps for most of the rest. I always prefer the steps versus just a steep incline. Pretty view at the top!

hiking
10 months ago

A steady climb to the top where a very high transmission tower sits. Good view at the top. Not too busy on a weekday

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Really gorgeous view at the top. Not too difficult of a trail but slightly steep. Rocks, gravel, dirt, and roots along the way. Rained on us but cleared out once we approached the top with many biting/stinging flies (due to the rain just passing through). Also Dog friendly!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Beautiful view from the platform! Go early as it gets crowded mid-day.

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Views from the top are so worth the climb!

hiking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Great trail. Beautiful flora along the trail, and remarkable view at the peak.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Great leg workout! Trail was in great shape. Even in the muddy spots, we were able to get around them!

hiking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Did this trail with my 10 and 11 year old sons. The views from the summit platform are beautiful. Make sure you go up when there are no clouds covering the tower. Definitely a quad workout as the trail is rather steep toward the top. The trail is pretty rocky and it was muddy in spots especially after a rain.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pick a day that is cloudless when you go. It will be magnificent I am sure. It was cloudy the day we went and the view was only about 90-120 degrees to the southwest. Trail was pretty wet which makes coming down the rocky trial a bit treacherous.

camping
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Great spot, bathrooms and clean sites with ready made campfire and grill areas. About 20 bucks a night and usually always has availability.

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Fun, short uphill hike.

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