Mount Pisgah Trail

Canton, North Carolina

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I intended it as a leisure hike, not worthy of “classic” consideration, but it didn’t take long for this patchwork loop to convince me otherwise. Its gentle ascent through thickets of mountain laurel, chestnut oaks, and evergreens makes for a pleasant hike that gives less experienced hikers a good sense of the Pisgah area. Take the advertised 1200-foot Little Bald Summit spur 0.75 mile from the trailhead through a meadowed mountaintop peppered with chestnut oaks, then return to the main trail. A short distance later you’re treated to what remains (a stone foundation) of George W. Vanderbilt’s Buck Spring Lodge, where the early twentieth-century industrialist and his fellow hoi polloi once hobnobbed. Take a moment to sit on the bench and savor this classic patch of Pisgah.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

I intended it as a leisure hike, not worthy of “classic” consideration, but it didn’t take long for this patchwork loop to convince me otherwise. Its gentle ascent through thickets of mountain laurel, chestnut oaks, and evergreens makes for a pleasant hike that gives less experienced hikers a good sense of the Pisgah area.

Take the advertised 1200-foot Little Bald Summit spur 0.75 mile from the trailhead through a meadowed mountaintop peppered with chestnut oaks, then return to the main trail. A short distance later you’re treated to what remains (a stone foundation) of George W. Vanderbilt’s Buck Spring Lodge, where the early twentieth-century industrialist and his fellow hoi polloi once hobnobbed. Take a moment to sit on the bench and savor this classic patch of Pisgah.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Canton
Distance: 5.3
Elevation Gain: 956 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
Season: Best in Summer
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Pisgah Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Pisgah Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/27/2011
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This is a great dayhike: about 5-6 miles round trip, depending on how many detours you take, not too strenuous, and a great reward at the end. The trip, when started from the Pisgah Inn parking lot, is mostly flat. Only when you see the "Mt. Pisgah Trail" sign do things really begin to pick up. It's a fairly steady climb from that point for 1.5 miles to the top. It's well worth the effort. The views from the summit are incredible, even if it's cloudy. The only impediment to a 360-degree view is the glaring tower for WLOS-TV on the summit. There is also a nice deck on top, built by the U.S. Youth Conservation Corps in 1979.



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