Mount Pisgah Trail

MODERATE 133 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.

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.

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8 days ago

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

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12 days ago

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

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13 days 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!

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23 days 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

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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!

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2 months ago

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