100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina
by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)
© Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
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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