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1,232 mi 1,983 km of trail 35 Recommended Routes

Gems 9 Gems Easy Trails 49 Trails Intermediate Trails 173 Trails Hard Trails 125 Trails
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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

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

Shortoff Mountain View

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

Table Rock Summit

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

Upper Creek Falls/Jonas Hole/Natural Waterslide

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

Rocky Knob Overlook

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

Horse Rock Bald

(5) Burnsville, 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

Recommended Routes in Pisgah National Forest - 35

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Favorite Tablerock Mountain (to the right) from Shortoff Mountain.
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
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 5,010' Up 1526.98 m Up 1,498' Down 456.71 m Down

Burnsville, NC
Favorite Pilot Mountain on the Art Loeb Trail
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
Favorite Enjoy expansive views across the valley to Looking Glass Rock.
Intermediate/Difficult

John Rock Loop

5.7 mi 9.1 km 975' Up 297.1 m Up 970' Down 295.68 m Down

Brevard, NC
Favorite View from the Mt. Mitchell summit.
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
Favorite Heading towards Grassy Ridge Bald.
Intermediate/Difficult

Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald

4.7 mi 7.5 km 986' Up 300.52 m Up 985' Down 300.25 m Down

Roan Mo…, TN
Favorite Near Sam's Knob
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
Favorite A sea of forest extends in all directions from Max Patch Mountain.
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

Trails in Pisgah National Forest - 312

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2.7 mi 4.3 km #1Looking Glass Rock Trail
Difficult
Brevard, NC
Difficult
Brevard, NC 37 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #2Woody Ridge Trail (177)
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC 23 
7.7 mi 12.4 km #3Shortoff Mountain Trail
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC 17 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #4Hawksbill Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 16 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Table Rock Summit Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 13 
2.6 mi 4.1 km #6Mount Pisgah Trail
Difficult
Mills River, NC
Difficult
Mills River, NC 27 
1.2 mi 1.9 km #7Catawba Falls Trail
Intermediate
Black Mountain, NC
Intermediate
Black Mountain, NC 17 
3.7 mi 6.0 km #8Colbert Ridge Trail
Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Difficult
Burnsville, NC
1.7 mi 2.8 km #9Big Lost Cove Cliffs Trail
Intermediate
Linville, NC
Intermediate
Linville, NC
14.0 mi 22.5 km #10Linville Gorge Trail
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
0.7 mi 1.2 km #11Lookout Trail
Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult
Black Mountain, NC 11 
2.3 mi 3.7 km #12Holly Springs Trail #273
Intermediate/Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
5.7 mi 9.2 km #13Mt. Mitchell Trail #190
Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult
Black Mountain, NC 12 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #14Pinch-In Trail
Very Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Very Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 14 
4.6 mi 7.4 km #15Graybeard Trail
Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult
Black Mountain, NC 14 
2.9 mi 4.7 km #16Bennett Gap Trail
Difficult
Brevard, NC
Difficult
Brevard, NC
1.0 mi 1.6 km #17Conley Cove Trail
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
1.2 mi 1.9 km #18Little Hickory Top
Intermediate
Bent Creek, NC
Intermediate
Bent Creek, NC
2.5 mi 4.0 km #19Rock Payne Trail
Difficult
Swannanoa, NC
Difficult
Swannanoa, NC
2.7 mi 4.3 km #20Douglas Falls #162
Difficult
Swannanoa, NC
Difficult
Swannanoa, NC

Photos of Pisgah National Forest - 399

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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
MST eastbound entering the Middle Prong Wilderness.  No signs from here until you hit NC 215
Sep 25, 2020 near Cullowhee, NC
This is a mostly unknown and epic photo op.
May 6, 2018 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