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Gems in Pisgah National Forest - 10

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gem Favorite Enjoy expansive views across the valley to Looking Glass Rock.

John Rock

(23) Brevard, NC
gem Favorite The breathtaking sight of Linville Gorge from Shortoff Mountain.

Shortoff Mountain View

(12) Glen Al…, NC
gem Favorite Linville Gorge Wilderness Area as seen from the peak of Table Rock Mountain.

Table Rock Summit

(15) Spruce…, NC
gem Favorite Watching a mixture of fog and clouds dissipate as the sun rises above Linville Gorge. Those rolling clouds get misty - bring a rain jacket!

Big Flat Rock Overlook / Campsite

(9) Spruce…, NC
gem Favorite View of Upper Creek Falls from the Lower Loop Trail.

Upper Creek Falls/Jonas Hole/Natural Waterslide

(11) Linville, NC
gem Favorite Profile of Linville Falls from Plunge Basin

Linville Falls

(1) Newland, NC
gem Favorite Overlooking the valley below at Rocky Knob!

Rocky Knob Overlook

(4) Black M…, NC
gem Favorite Rhododendron Gardens atop Roan Ridge!

Rhododendron Gardens

(5) Bakersv…, NC
gem Favorite Sun rising over the cloud encased South Toe River Valley as the wind begins to whip up the just moments before still clouds as seen from Sunrise Point along the Woody Ridge Trail

Sunrise Point Overlook

(6) Burnsville, NC
gem Favorite The Black Mountain Crest Trail offers fantastic views of Mt. Craig in the distance.

Horse Rock Bald

(6) Burnsville, NC

Recommended Routes in Pisgah National Forest - 42

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Favorite Tablerock Mountain (to the right) from Shortoff Mountain.
Difficult Difficult

Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop

21.9 mi 35.2 km 4,723' Up 1439.6 m Up 4,722' Down 1439.31 m Down

Glen Al…, NC
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Favorite Afternoon sun streaming through the trees on the Crest Trail.
Difficult Difficult

Mount Mitchell - Black Mountain Crest Trail #179

12.1 mi 19.5 km 5,010' Up 1526.98 m Up 1,498' Down 456.71 m Down

Burnsville, NC
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Favorite Pilot Mountain on the Art Loeb Trail
Difficult Difficult

Art Loeb Trail

31.1 mi 50.1 km 7,578' Up 2309.92 m Up 6,409' Down 1953.61 m Down

Brevard, NC
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Favorite View from the Mt. Mitchell summit.
Difficult Difficult

Mount Mitchell

11.7 mi 18.8 km 3,651' Up 1112.72 m Up 3,650' Down 1112.62 m Down

Black M…, NC
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Favorite Near Sam's Knob
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Sam Knob Loop

9.8 mi 15.7 km 1,393' Up 424.63 m Up 1,402' Down 427.37 m Down

Brevard, NC
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Favorite Max Patch with awesome Sun rays.
Intermediate Intermediate

Max Patch Short Loop

1.5 mi 2.4 km 242' Up 73.7 m Up 249' Down 75.89 m Down

Marshall, NC
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Favorite Almost at the top, looking over the mountains (fall 2020).
Difficult Difficult

7 Sisters 25k

14.4 mi 23.1 km 3,452' Up 1052.3 m Up 3,451' Down 1051.77 m Down

Black M…, NC
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Favorite Afternoon sun streaming through the trees on the Crest Trail.
Very Difficult Very Difficult

Quest For The Crest 50K

34.5 mi 55.5 km 10,589' Up 3227.38 m Up 10,767' Down 3281.75 m Down

Burnsville, NC
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Favorite Morning glory on the Black Mountain Crest Trail.
Difficult Difficult

Quest For The Crest 10K

6.9 mi 11.2 km 3,025' Up 922.17 m Up 3,025' Down 921.9 m Down

Burnsville, NC
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Pisgah National Forest Running

  • 798 Miles 1,284 Kilometers of Trail
  • 42 Recommended Routes
  • 10 Gems Gems
  • 47 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 182 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 130 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Pisgah National Forest - 317

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2.4 mi 3.9 km #1Woody Ridge Trail (177)
Very Difficult Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Very Difficult Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC 30 
7.7 mi 12.4 km #2Shortoff Mountain Trail
Difficult Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Difficult Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC 22 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #3Hawksbill Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 25 
1.2 mi 1.9 km #4Catawba Falls Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Black Mountain, NC
Intermediate Intermediate
Black Mountain, NC 21 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Table Rock Summit Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 14 
4.6 mi 7.4 km #6Graybeard Trail
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC 19 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #7Pinch-In Trail
Difficult Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Difficult Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 18 
3.7 mi 6.0 km #8Colbert Ridge Trail
Very Difficult Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Very Difficult Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC 12 
0.7 mi 1.2 km #9Lookout Trail
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC 12 
0.9 mi 1.5 km #10Blue Ridge Pinnacle Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Black Mountain, NC

Photos of Pisgah National Forest - 467

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Tablerock Mountain (to the right) from Shortoff Mountain.
Dec 2, 2015 near Glen Al…, NC
Running along the crest of the Black Mountains of NC.
Jan 17, 2016 near Burnsville, NC
Morning glory on the Black Mountain Crest Trail.
Jan 17, 2016 near Burnsville, NC
Rhododendron Gardens atop Roan Ridge!
Jan 22, 2016 near Bakersv…, NC
The summit of Blue Ridge Pinnacle looks out over the Craggies and Graybeard.
Jan 24, 2017 near Black M…, NC
Sun rising over the cloud encased South Toe River Valley as the wind begins to whip up the just moments before still clouds as seen from Sunrise Point along the Woody Ridge Trail
Oct 17, 2017 near Burnsville, NC
This is a mostly unknown and epic photo op.
May 6, 2018 near Black M…, NC
Crabtree Falls in winter
Jan 1, 2021 near Spruce…, NC
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