A 65-mile paved road through the heart of the Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest, past waterfalls, historic sites, mountain overlooks, and miles of lush, undeveloped forest. This drive takes you on a big loop through the Pisgah Ranger District in 495,000-acre Pisgah National Forest, past enough sights to keep you occupied for days. The Pisgah is the second largest national forest in North Carolina. The Pisgah Ranger District is one of four districts within the forest; it’s noteworthy since it is the place where modern American forestry practices were developed. Covering about 157,000 acres, the district ranges in elevation from 2,000 feet above sea level to a 6,140-foot peak at Richland Balsam Mountain.
Special attractions: Pisgah National Forest, Cradle of Forestry in America Visitor Center, Pink Beds, Looking Glass Falls, Looking Glass Rock, Slide Rock, Shining Rock Wilderness, Middle Prong Wilderness, rock climbing, hiking, fishing, swimming, fall colors, and scenic views. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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