Mount Pisgah

Waynesville, North Carolina

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This hike is the walking centerpiece of plentiful recreation opportunities along a lofty stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway. From near the parkway’s Pisgah Inn, you will join a wellmaintained trail past the headwaters of Pisgah Creek, then work up the slope of Mount Pisgah on a rocky track, eventually reaching a platform and tower where a veritable land of milk and honey stretches out in all directions. Other trails spur from this locale, adding more hiking opportunities. You can also picnic, camp, or stay at the venerable Pisgah Inn. Taken from the Bible’s book of Deuteronomy, the name Mount Pisgah is the mountain Moses climbed to view the Israelites Promised Land—a “land of milk and honey.” Fast forward a few thousand years to 1776, where Griffith Ruther ford—who lent his name to several North Carolina places—is battling the Cherokee for control of the French Broad River valley.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This hike is the walking centerpiece of plentiful recreation opportunities along a lofty stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway. From near the parkway’s Pisgah Inn, you will join a wellmaintained trail past the headwaters of Pisgah Creek, then work up the slope of Mount Pisgah on a rocky track, eventually reaching a platform and tower where a veritable land of milk and honey stretches out in all directions. Other trails spur from this locale, adding more hiking opportunities. You can also picnic, camp, or stay at the venerable Pisgah Inn.


Taken from the Bible’s book of Deuteronomy, the name Mount Pisgah is the mountain Moses climbed to view the Israelites Promised Land—a “land of milk and honey.” Fast forward a few thousand years to 1776, where Griffith Ruther ford—who lent his name to several North Carolina places—is battling the Cherokee for control of the French Broad River valley.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Waynesville
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Parkway, 199 Hemphill Knob Rd., Asheville, NC 28803-8686, (828) 348-3400, www.nps.gov/blri
Local Maps: National Geographic #780 Pisgah Ranger District; USGS Dunsmore Mountain, Cruso
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Pisgah

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