Mount Pisgah Trail

MODERATE 114 reviews
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Mount Pisgah Trail is a 2.2 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
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
757 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.

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9 days ago

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

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26 days ago

Views from the top are so worth the climb!

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29 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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

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1 month 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.

1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

camping
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Fun, short uphill hike.

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2 months ago