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Mount Pisgah Trail

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Mount Pisgah Trail is a 5.3 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: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,131 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Mount Pisgah area trails include several trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the moderate and popular out and back trail to the summit of Mt. Pisgah, featuring 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
2 days ago

if you start from Pisgah Inn it's roughly 6 miles round-trip to the summit and back. The last mile up to Summit is steep. beautiful views all along the trail but there is a giant radio tower at The Summit which impedes some of your view. This Trail can also get very crowded in tourist season so I recommend going early as possible to avoid the large family groups that clog up the trail.

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rocky
8 days ago

I loved the hike. Went on a foggy day and did not have much to look at, but loved what I did see. Taking my grandkids (ages 10,9,8 and 7) on hikes is the greatest. They loved the challange.

hiking
9 days ago

We hiked today with cloudy and overcast weather but it was still a great hike. We started at the Inn parking lot to make it 5 miles RT (not 3) and took the Mountain to Sea trail until we got to an overview parking lot (not on the main part of the heavily trafficked BRP). We followed the road just about a hundred yards to another parking lot, where you cross the road to get on the Mt. Pisgah trail. It was pretty well marked. We kept following the Mt Pisgah signs. From there it is about a mile and a half up to the summit, which has a lookout tower that is a great lunch spot (and a great view when it isn't cloudy). Took us about an hour and 20 or 25 minutes to reach the top. It is a nice climb, good workout. On the way back we followed the All Trails path that leads to the campground parking lot, and it was harder to follow because it is broken up by a picnic area and some parking lots, and you have to find the trail again on the other side of the lots. It is also more overgrown than the Mountains to Sea Trail. But both ways were beautiful woods, wildflowers, rhodedendrons etc. and we thoroughly enjoyed it. One tip: if you want to shower after, the campground across the street from the Pisgah Inn will let you use their hot showers for $3! They were nice and clean too. We will be back!

hiking
19 days ago

Trail was being worked on while we were there, adding some rock steps. very well maintained. it's a moderate hike because its uphill without much of a break, but then coming back was rather easy. the Antenna tower was a drawback , views were nice, but for me too many people. If starting at end of parking area trailhead, up and back was 3 miles. enjoyed, but would do the Deep Gap trail at Mt Mitchell before doing this one again .

hiking
21 days ago

The first section from the picnic area was somewhat overgrown and had some uncleared blowdowns. Once on the main trail it was typical wide trail clearing. Some rocks at first as the grade increased so did the rocks and steps. Difficulty increases as you near the top but 360 degree views were worth the effort for me!

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rocky
29 days ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

I havent done this entire trail, but I got on it at the parking area right near the top and did the last bit the the summit. Great workout and the views are gorgeous! It would ave been prettier if I had done it in the spring or summer and not in late fall when the leaves were already off the trees. Definitely worth it, and make sure you bring a windbreaker because it does get windy up there

hiking
1 month ago

A climb but worth it! Mostly stone steps surrounded by lush forest of oaks, birch, rhododendrons etc. Beautiful if you are nature lover. The view from the top is 360°except for the view blocked by the WLOS radio tower. ugh

hiking
1 month ago

After descending from the Mount Pisgah Trail we opted for the Campground Trail back to the store parking lot where we had started (taking Buck Spring Gap Trail up to Pisgah). The campground trail was lush, cool and shady with beautiful mosses, germs and wildflowers. It was a foggy Monday in late August. Might get a lot of traffic noise at a busier time though.

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rocky
2 months ago

Hiked from the picnic area at around milepost 407.5. Only clocked us in at about 3.5 miles to the summit of Pisgah and back. Pretty heavily trafficked but a nice hike. A great strenuous push for the last 1/2 mile to the top.

hiking
2 months ago

We started at Pisgah Inn at the trailhead at the campground entrance road, then hiked up to the top of Mt. Pisgah and made a loop of it by taking Buck Spring Trail back to the inn. It was a six-mile loop that we enjoyed - kids included. The trail wasn’t as busy as we expected for a Friday afternoon in August and we had the deck at the top of Pisgah to ourselves for a bit. Lots of butterflies along the trail right now. Can’t beat the views and the opportunity to visit the restaurant!

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rocky
2 months ago

Loved this trail! One of the best maintained trails in the area, and unbeatable views from the top. We parked at the Mount Pisgah trailhead and the hike was only 3 miles round trip. Our little Jack Russel pup loved the rocks to scramble over! I'd rate this as moderate.. the incline isn't too bad until the summit and even though it's rocky, it's very doable.

hiking
2 months ago

Sweet hike with fun rocks to step up the whole way. Got hailed on right when we reached the top so didn’t get to take in the view a whole lot. Well taken care of trail.

hiking
2 months ago

My wife and I hiked this trail today on my 63rd birthday. Great hike! We parked at the country store at Pisgah Inn, crossed the road and hit the trail down by the campground. This portion is narrow and a little weedy (beware of some nettle weeds). If your skin suddenly starts burning and itching, that’s why. I always pack Benadryl spray and it will help but all symptoms will be gone in a few minutes. I love this type of trail, with lots of rocks to climb and the view at the top is awesome. As always, good hiking shoes, water, snacks and a hiking stick a must for most of the mountain trails, including this one. Go early to beat the crowds!

hiking
2 months ago

From the Pisgah Inn parking lot, the trail is 5.4 miles. The trail starts on the campground side and follows the parkway to the main trailhead. If you travel this way, you will cross the entire length of the picnic area parking lot before the trail resumes on the other side. This part of the trail is NOY heavily traveled. If you want to shorten your hike, park ar the mt Pisgah parking lot and the RT will only be 3 miles. The summit has some fantastic views and is worth the effort. The tower at the top is somewhat of a nuisance, but it does not limit your views, besides, it is appreciated on those rainy days when you just sit and watch the telly!

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muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is moderate because the first part is pretty easy and the last part is more difficult. Lots of blooming flowers this time of year with tons of butterflies. Overall a pleasant hike with good views. You can shorten the hike by going from the parking lot instead of the Inn should you choose to.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked from the campground. Really pleasant hike. I hiked on a Friday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t very crowded. Great 360 views at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hiking trail for a day hike. Heavily trafficked- arrive early to beat the crowds and get a parking space

3 months ago

Hiked it for 75 years. It never gets old!

hiking
3 months ago

Did it a few years ago. We were not very experienced and were tired at the top but it was fine, even for us. There was a kid running up the trail past us with his dog. The tower is visible from far away so it was cool to get up close and look out from there.

hiking
3 months ago

It was strenuous going up but view on top is worth. Do carry bug spray as you might encounter flies and bugs. Also make sure ur footwear is comfortable and has good grip as it is Rocky.

hiking
4 months ago

Unfortunately went during overcast so the view at the top wasn't necessarily breathtaking - since we could only see about 20 feet in front of ourselves. That being said, the short hike up was super neat - the amount of dense foliage that grows at that altitude (especially when it's been raining) makes it feel like a rainforest. Would love to try again someday to take in the view.

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rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

An amazing trail that Is strenuous but is so worth it when you get to the summit. The views are spectacular, with nearly panoramic views of the mountains. The only downside was how crowded the summit was. A lot of kids were running around and a group of people were sitting on the observation deck, leaving little room to look around. We waited for the crowds to thin and then we enjoyed the summit much more. Would definitely recommend but maybe try a week day morning to beat the crowds!

hiking
4 months ago

The trail is rated as moderate but it’s probably more of an easy trail. Yes, it is a mile uphill to the summit, but all the steep parts have rock steps for you to take. At the top there is the tower which kind of stinks. I didn’t think it took away from the awesome view though.

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hiking
4 months ago

This trail has great maintenance. the rocks are solid in the trail and great steppingstones all the way beautiful view the top. 360°.

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rocky
4 months ago

My second hike ever, so this is definitely doable for beginners (and I’m not in great shape). We were surprised at how steep it got though. Had to take quite a few breaks. Took us 1.5 hrs to the top and back. There were a lot of flies and gnats around, but bug spray kept them off of us. Went around 10am on Saturday and ran across people every 10 mins or so, not too bad. The view at the top is nice except for the tower, but it’s worth the hike for the workout alone. A few places you need to be extra careful to prevent ankle injury.

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