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Best trails in Pisgah Forest

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Looking for a great trail near Pisgah Forest, North Carolina? AllTrails has 38 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Gorges State Park or Table Rock State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Green River Gameland or Pinnacle Park. Ready for some activity? There are 23 moderate trails in Pisgah Forest ranging from 1.1 to 18.3 miles and from 2,152 to 6,079 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Pisgah Forest
Top trails (38)
#1 - Moore Cove Falls Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 35 m
This is an easy and very kid friendly trail. The main feature here is Moore Cove Falls which is about 50ft high and pours over a rock overhang. A couple of sections tend to be muddy but it's easy to bypass the mud. This is a must see for families.Show more
#2 - Looking Glass Waterfalls
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 6 m
A short, family-friendly walk to Looking Glass Falls. Many people wade and swim in the pool below. Accessibility: This trail is short and paved but steep (average 6% grade). It is typically at least three feet wide. A short flight of stairs is required to go all the way to the Falls observation deck at the end but there is a nice view from the parking lot and sidewalk as well.Show more
#3 - Buckhorn Gap Trail to Twin Falls
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
#4 - Cove Creek and Caney Bottom Trail
Davidson River Recreational Area
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Note: As of June 2020, the spur to Cove Creek Falls is partially closed due to a fallen tree. However, you can still get down to a viewpoint without too much risk.Show more
#5 - Buck Spring Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#6 - Sam's Knob and Little Sam Loop
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
#7 - Sliding Rock
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
There is a $4/person fee to enter this area.Show more
#8 - Deep Gap Loop
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 18.3 mi • Est. 10 h 22 m
Davidson River Loop to Daniel Ridge Trail to Farlow Gap to Art Loeb to Butter Gap LoopShow more
#9 - Buck Spring Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 57 m
#10 - Twin Falls and Clawhammer Cove Loop via Buckhorn Gap
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
This is a lovely hike with many log bridge crossings and water views. Most of this hike is shaded even. If you want to shorten this hike when you come to the Avery Creek intersection off of Clawhammer Cove Trail, turn left and follow the short connector trail out to Avery Creek Rd. Then turn right on the road and go up the road maybe 1/4 mile to your cars. Just a note tho, if you do choose that alternate route you will miss the lovely Avery Creek Trail with outstanding water views of the creek coming down. Some of the bridges are a bit wobbly, but it seems they are going to be upgraded in the near future.Show more
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