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Mount Pisgah Pisgah National Forest, NC
miles
LENGTH 2.3 MILES
DIFFICULTY 5.7 Easy
Medium
DURATION 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
710
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Mount Pisgah

The trail to Mount Pisgah in the Pisgah National Forest offers hikers superior views for a modest effort. This, combined with its proximity to Asheville and other local hikes makes it one of the most popular trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Don’t let the short mileage fool you; the last half gains most of this hike’s 700 ft of elevation.

Between mile markers 407 and 408 along the Blue Ridge Parkway, look for the sign for the turnoff. Two large parking lots afford excellent views on both sides of the parkway, including the mountain you are about to climb. The transmission tower at the summit is clearly visible, however, doesn’t obstruct much of the view from the top. During the summer months there are public restrooms a short distance to the south at Pisgah Inn. Exploring around the parking area you will discover several other short trails. The trail for Mt. Pisgah begins at the end of the second parking lot. A large sign describing the origin of the name marks the trailhead.

The first half miles of the trail is very tame, however a bit rocky. The trail soon turns to several flights of stone and wood steps. From here, it’s all uphill, gaining almost all of its elevation in the last .7 miles. The trail is easily followed and becomes one long flight of steps after another. There are a few winter views, but most views will be obstructed in the warmer months. There are a couple of places with steep drop offs, so watch children.

At 1 mile in, there is a small overlook back toward the parking lot. This is just a taste of what the top holds. Shortly after this, you will begin to see the transmission tower above you. Arriving at the base of the tower and the summit, a small observation deck allows for almost 360° views. Toward the southeast is the parking lot and Pisgah Inn. Toward the west is Cold Mountain, standing prominently above the surrounding hills.

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length2.3 miles
difficulty5.7 Easy-Medium
duration1 - 2 hours
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeNone
elevation gain710 ft.
park/forestPisgah National Forest
ranger districtPisgah Ranger District
1600 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
828-877-3265
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 35.418695, -82.747967 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°25.12, W 82°44.88 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°25'07'', N 35°25'07'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Directions Trailhead Coordinates
35.418695, -82.747967 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°25.12, W 82°44.88 most GPS units use this one
N 35°25'07'', N 35°25'07'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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The trailhead is at the end of the second parking area.
Notes
There are a few steep drop offs, so keep watch over children.
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5 (2)
sandy12-2 weeks ago
Loved this.
This was tough but worthwhile for a beginning hiker. Felt a real sense of accomplishment at the peak. Wonderful views!!!
Medium | Hiked Summer 2017
hikethesouth-3 weeks ago
When in Pisgah...
This is a great hike for those looking for some challenge, but not too much. The views at the top are outstanding. Just ignore the transmission tower.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Winter 2012
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