Mount Pisgah Trail

MODERATE 97 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.

hiking
5 days ago

camping
8 days ago

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

11 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Fun, short uphill hike.

hiking
12 days ago

walking
13 days ago

20 days ago

Great views from summit.

backpacking
22 days ago

Great views

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hiking
1 month ago

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
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

Great hike and a wonderful view

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hiking
1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

surfing
2 months ago