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1,234 mi 1,986 km of trail 30 Runs

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Gems in Pisgah National Forest - 9

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

John Rock

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

Shortoff Mountain View

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

Table Rock Summit

(13) 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

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

Upper Creek Falls/Jonas Hole/Natural Waterslide

(8) Linville, NC
gem Favorite Overlooking the valley below at Rocky Knob!

Rocky Knob Overlook

(4) Black M…, 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

(4) Burnsville, NC
gem Favorite Rhododendron Gardens atop Roan Ridge!

Rhododendron Gardens

(4) Bakersv…, NC

Runs in Pisgah National Forest - 30

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

Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop

21.9 mi 35.2 km • Loop • 4,723 ft Ascent 1439.6 m Ascent

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

Mount Mitchell - Black Mountain Crest Trail #179

12.1 mi 19.5 km • Point to Point • 5,010 ft Ascent 1526.98 m Ascent

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

Art Loeb Trail

31.1 mi 50.1 km • Point to Point • 7,578 ft Ascent 2309.92 m Ascent

(42) Brevard, NC
Favorite Enjoy expansive views across the valley to Looking Glass Rock.
Intermediate

John Rock Loop

5.7 mi 9.1 km • Point to Point • 975 ft Ascent 297.1 m Ascent

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

Mount Mitchell

11.7 mi 18.8 km • Out and Back • 3,651 ft Ascent 1112.72 m Ascent

(29) Black M…, NC
Favorite Heading towards Grassy Ridge Bald.
Intermediate

Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald

4.7 mi 7.5 km • Loop • 986 ft Ascent 300.52 m Ascent

(23) Roan Mo…, TN
Favorite Max Patch with awesome Sun rays.
Easy/Intermediate

Max Patch Short Loop

1.5 mi 2.4 km • Loop • 242 ft Ascent 73.7 m Ascent

(22) Marshall, NC
Favorite Near Sam's Knob
Intermediate

Sam Knob Loop

9.8 mi 15.7 km • Loop • 1,393 ft Ascent 424.63 m Ascent

(17) Brevard, NC

Trails in Pisgah National Forest - 310

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2.7 mi 4.3 km #1Looking Glass Rock Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Brevard, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
2.7 mi 4.3 km Brevard, NC 33 
7.7 mi 12.4 km #2Shortoff Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
7.7 mi 12.4 km Glen Alpine, NC 16 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #3Woody Ridge Trail (177)
Extremely Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Extremely Difficult
2.4 mi 3.9 km Burnsville, NC 17 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #4Hawksbill Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
1.0 mi 1.6 km Spruce Pine, NC 12 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Table Rock Summit Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
0.7 mi 1.1 km Spruce Pine, NC 11 
3.7 mi 6.0 km #6Colbert Ridge Trail
Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Difficult
3.7 mi 6.0 km Burnsville, NC
2.6 mi 4.1 km #7Mount Pisgah Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Mills River, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
2.6 mi 4.1 km Mills River, NC 24 
0.7 mi 1.2 km #8Lookout Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
0.7 mi 1.2 km Black Mountain, NC 11 
2.3 mi 3.7 km #9Holly Springs Trail #273
Intermediate/Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
2.3 mi 3.7 km Glen Alpine, NC
5.7 mi 9.2 km #10Mt. Mitchell Trail #190
Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult
5.7 mi 9.2 km Black Mountain, NC 12 
1.7 mi 2.8 km #11Big Lost Cove Cliffs Trail
Intermediate
Linville, NC
Intermediate
1.7 mi 2.8 km Linville, NC
2.9 mi 4.7 km #12Bennett Gap Trail
Difficult
Brevard, NC
Difficult
2.9 mi 4.7 km Brevard, NC
1.0 mi 1.6 km #13Conley Cove Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
1.0 mi 1.6 km Spruce Pine, NC
4.3 mi 6.8 km #14Hard Times Road
Intermediate
Bent Creek, NC
Intermediate
4.3 mi 6.8 km Bent Creek, NC
4.6 mi 7.4 km #15Graybeard Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
4.6 mi 7.4 km Black Mountain, NC 13 
2.5 mi 4.0 km #16Rock Payne Trail
Difficult
Swannanoa, NC
Difficult
2.5 mi 4.0 km Swannanoa, NC
2.1 mi 3.3 km #17Pilot Cove Trail
Difficult
Mills River, NC
Difficult
2.1 mi 3.3 km Mills River, NC
7.6 mi 12.3 km #18Squirrel Gap Trail #147
Intermediate/Difficult
Etowah, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
7.6 mi 12.3 km Etowah, NC
1.9 mi 3.1 km #19Green's Lick Trail
Difficult
Bent Creek, NC
Difficult
1.9 mi 3.1 km Bent Creek, NC
2.2 mi 3.6 km #20Pilot Rock Trail
Difficult
Mills River, NC
Difficult
2.2 mi 3.6 km Mills River, NC

Photos of Pisgah National Forest - 367

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Running along the crest of the Black Mountains of NC.
Jan 17, 2016 near Burnsville, NC
The summit of Blue Ridge Pinnacle looks out over the Craggies and Graybeard.
Jan 24, 2017 near Black M…, 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
Tablerock Mountain (to the right) from Shortoff Mountain.
Dec 2, 2015 near Glen Al…, NC
This is a mostly unknown and epic photo op.
May 6, 2018 near Black M…, NC
Take a breather at the South Harper Falls Overlook and truly enjoy the falls' majesty.
Jan 16, 2017 near Linville, 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

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