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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

(14) 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 - 38

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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 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 Morning glory on the Black Mountain Crest Trail.
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
Favorite Afternoon sun streaming through the trees on the Crest Trail.
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
Favorite Linville Gorge Wilderness Area as seen from the peak of Table Rock Mountain.
Intermediate/Difficult

Table Rock Ultras 50k

30.5 mi 49.1 km 4,929' Up 1502.23 m Up 4,930' Down 1502.79 m Down

Glen Al…, NC
Favorite View from Bennett Gap/Coontree Loop Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Coontree Loop

3.5 mi 5.7 km 1,007' Up 306.94 m Up 1,007' Down 307.06 m Down

Brevard, NC
Favorite Steels Creek Falls
Intermediate/Difficult

Table Rock Ultras 30k

21.4 mi 34.4 km 2,533' Up 771.95 m Up 2,532' Down 771.9 m Down

Glen Al…, NC
Favorite Max Patch with awesome Sun rays.
Intermediate/Difficult

Lemon Gap to Max Patch

10.6 mi 17.1 km 1,530' Up 466.49 m Up 1,530' Down 466.38 m Down

Marshall, NC
Favorite Afternoon sun streaming through the trees on the Crest Trail.
Difficult

Black Mountain Ultra Traverse

42.1 mi 67.8 km 9,685' Up 2951.98 m Up 9,685' Down 2951.87 m Down

Black M…, NC

Pisgah National Forest Running

  • 1,533 Miles 2,468 Kilometers of Trail
  • 38 Recommended Routes
  • 10 Gems Gems
  • 47 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 170 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 129 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Pisgah National Forest - 308

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0.7 mi 1.1 km #1Estatoe Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Brevard, NC
Easy/Intermediate
Brevard, NC
3.5 mi 5.6 km #2Buckeye Ridge Horse Trail
Intermediate
Cove Creek, NC
Intermediate
Cove Creek, NC
79.0 mi 127.2 km #3Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 4
Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult
Black Mountain, NC 11 
1.3 mi 2.1 km #4Higgans Bald Trail
Intermediate
Burnsville, NC
Intermediate
Burnsville, NC
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Briar Bottom Trail
Intermediate
Black Mountain, NC
Intermediate
Black Mountain, NC
2.4 mi 3.9 km #6Woody Ridge Trail (177)
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC 29 
17.7 mi 28.4 km #7Buncombe Horse Trail
Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Difficult
Burnsville, NC
4.5 mi 7.2 km #8FS 210A
Easy/Intermediate
Glen Alpine, NC
Easy/Intermediate
Glen Alpine, NC
6.0 mi 9.6 km #9Steels Creek Trail
Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult
Linville, NC
12.1 mi 19.5 km #10Woods Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Marion, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Marion, NC

Photos of Pisgah National Forest - 462

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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