Mount Pisgah Area

Asheville, North Carolina

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Mount Pisgah launches that southwestern mountain experience for hikers driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. On the way to Mount Pisgah from Asheville, it’s humbling to realize that George W. Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House and Gardens was just part of a 125,000-acre estate that today wraps the Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest. Descriptions of the following trails are included: Mount Pisgah Trail and Picnic Area Connector; Shut- In Trail/Buck Spring Trail; Cradle of Forestry; Looking Glass Rock. From 5,000 feet at the Parkway’s Mount Pisgah Recreation Area, the views over Pisgah National Forest are spectacular. So are the vistas from the rooms, front porches/balconies, and restaurant at Pisgah Inn. The campground is the Parkway’s highest, so expect cool nights. A picnic area, camp store, laundry, and gift/craft shop round out the resources.
Hiking North Carolina

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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

Mount Pisgah launches that southwestern mountain experience for hikers driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. On the way to Mount Pisgah from Asheville, it’s humbling to realize that George W. Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House and Gardens was just part of a
125,000-acre estate that today wraps the Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest.

Descriptions of the following trails are included: Mount Pisgah Trail and Picnic Area Connector; Shut- In Trail/Buck Spring Trail; Cradle of Forestry; Looking Glass Rock. From 5,000 feet at the Parkway’s Mount Pisgah Recreation Area, the views over Pisgah National Forest are spectacular. So are the vistas from the rooms, front porches/balconies, and restaurant at Pisgah Inn. The campground is the Parkway’s highest, so expect cool nights. A picnic area, camp store, laundry, and gift/craft shop round out the resources.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Asheville
Distance: 1-6.2 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Parkway, 199 Hemphill Knob Rd., Asheville 28803-8686; (828) 271-4779; (828) 298-0398 (recorded information and mailing requests); nps.gov/blri
Local Maps: USGS Dunsmore Mountain and Cruso. Download a parkway handout map of Mount Pisgah trails at the “Brochures” link on the Blue Ridge Parkway’s website, or grab one at the campground.
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Pisgah Area

Recent Trail Reviews

7/27/2009
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Looking Glass Rock Trail in hte Mt Pisgah forest is beautiful. Switchbacks lead to an enclosed summit, but a short distance past the summit are gorgeous views from a rock cliff of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Recommend.


4/15/2008
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plenty of trails with various degrees of difficulty



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