Mount Pisgah Trail

MODERATE 165 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.

1 day 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month 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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
7 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

8 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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
8 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
10 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Views from the top are so worth the climb!

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Great views from summit.

backpacking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Great views

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Head South on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pisgah parking area is at mile marker 407. It is a steep and rocky trail to the summit. The view is definitely worth it! Be sure to visit nearby Pisgah Inn and enjoy the view from the rocking chairs, then grab a bite to eat at the restaurant.

hiking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

I used to work at the Pisgah inn and I would always look up at the tower at the end of the day and wonder what it was like at the top. it's a rough walk when you're like me and fairly overweight, but it's worth every step.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great hike and a wonderful view

hiking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

There wasn't really much to see as far as views until the deck on the peak of the mountain but the view was nice from up there.

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

Great hike, hell of a work out if you set a fast pace

hiking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Short and fun hike for beautiful views.

hiking
Friday, October 21, 2016

Get off the Parkway at the Mt. Pisgah Overlook at mile 407.6. The trailhead is at the end of the second parking area. It's a little steep in spots with lots of rocky steps on the second half of the trail. It is a very pretty climb with a few nice views. But they do not compare to the wonderful 360 degree view from the platform at the top (even with the TV tower).

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