Pisgah National Forest

Explore North Carolina’s beautiful Pisgah National Forest on our favorite hiking and running trails. Trek to mile-high summits, dive deep into sheer-walled gorges, and explore waterfall-filled valleys on our favorite trails in the Pisgah National Forest.

 
Looking Glass Rock Trail near Brevard, NC

Looking Glass Rock Trail

Hike the Looking Glass Rock Trail to an iconic, domed mountaintop near Brevard, NC, catching incredible, lofty views from the steep-sided, summit.

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Skinny Dip Falls Trail: top waterfall hikes near Asheville, NC

Skinny Dip Falls: Blue Ridge Parkway waterfall hike

Hike the Skinny Dip Falls Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville to a set of beautiful, cascading waterfalls. It’s a fantastic summertime hike, and family-friendly, too, at just under 1 mile.

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Moore Cove Falls Trail: top waterfall hikes near Brevard, NC

Moore Cove Falls: waterfall hiking near Brevard, NC

Hike the Moore Cove Falls Trail to a towering, 50-foot free-falling waterfall set in a scenic creek valley filled with fern and rhododendron. It’s a beautiful, moderate, one-mile hike, and located in the Pisgah National Forest just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Linville Falls Trail: hiking Linville Gorge waterfalls near the Blue Ridge Parkway

Linville Falls Trail at Linville Gorge

Hike to epic views of Linville Gorge’s enormous waterfalls on this Linville Falls Trail two miler. It’s north of Asheville, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway – and easily one of North Carolina’s best waterfall hikes.

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Hike to Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain on the Art Loeb Trail, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC

Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain loop: hiking the Art Loeb & Ivestor Gap Trails

Hike this double-summit, ultra-scenic five mile loop on the Art Loeb and Ivestor Gap trails, summiting Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain. It’s a sun-drenched, blueberry and blackberry-filled adventure over two bald mountains to some incredible views.

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Hawksbill Trail at Linville Gorge: hiking Hawksbill Mountain

Hawksbill Mountain Trail at Linville Gorge

Hike the Hawksbill Trail at Linville Gorge in western NC, scaling the mountain’s craggy, jagged summit to outstanding mountaintop views and spectacular sunrises.

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Linville Gorge camping: our favorite campsites on Linville Gorge's eastern rim

Linville Gorge camping: car campsites near Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain

North Carolina’s Linville Gorge east rim camping sites are steps away from breathtaking gorge and mountain views, fantastic hiking trails and some of NC’s best climbing.

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Table Rock Mountain Trail at Linville Gorge

Table Rock Trail: hiking Linville Gorge in western North Carolina

Hike the Table Rock Mountain Trail to breathtaking panoramic views from a soaring summit in North Carolina’s Linville Gorge.

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Hike the Catawba Falls Trail to beautiful waterfalls on the Catawba River east of Asheville

Catawba Falls Trail

Hike the Catawba Falls Trail east of Asheville, trekking through a mossy, shady forest valley to a beautiful series of waterfalls on the Catawba River.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail at Max Patch Mountain to stunning views and endless fields of wildflowers

Max Patch on the Appalachian Trail

Hike the Appalachian Trail at Max Patch, one of North Carolina’s most popular AT hikes, on a grassy, bald mountain that’s covered in wildflowers. Catch a gorgeous sunrise, sunset or afternoon picnic on this moderate two mile loop with stunning 360-degree views and seemingly endless sunshine.

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Hike the Graveyard Fields Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC

Graveyard Fields Trail: Blue Ridge Parkway waterfall hiking

Hike the ultra-popular Graveyard Fields Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway to stunning waterfalls, through fields of wildflowers, blackberries and wild blueberries, and to beautiful Pisgah National Forest views.

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Hike the Plunge Basin Trail to Linville Falls, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway

Linville Falls Plunge Basin Trail

Hike the Linville Falls Plunge Basin Trail to stunning waterfall views, trekking to the base of the falls on the floor of Linville Gorge. It’s one of the undisputedly best, most beautiful waterfall trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville.

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Hike the Mountains to Sea Trail from Devil's Courthouse to Black Balsam Knob near Asheville, NC

Devils Courthouse: hiking the Mountains to Sea Trail to Black Balsam Knob

Hike the Mountains to Sea Trail to stunning vistas, climbing to lofty views at Devil’s Courthouse and above the Blue Ridge Parkway before hiking to Black Balsam Knob.

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Craggy Gardens Trail: hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway through a rhododendron-filled forest

Craggy Gardens Trail: hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway through a rhododendron-filled forest

Hike the Craggy Gardens Trail, climbing through a beautiful high-elevation forest filled with blooming rhododendron, wild blueberries and wildflowers to stunning summit views.

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Shining Rock Mountain: hiking the Ivestor Gap Trail

Shining Rock Mountain: hiking the Ivestor Gap Trail

Explore North Carolina’s Shining Rock Wilderness and the brilliant, white quartz encrusted mountain of Shining Rock on the Ivestor Gap Trail, the easiest route to this beautiful, iconic summit.

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Cold Mountain: hiking the Art Loeb Trail from Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp

Cold Mountain: hiking the Art Loeb Trail from Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp

Hike the Art Loeb Trail from the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp in North Carolina’s Shining Rock Wilderness, climbing to stunning summit views from the Cold Mountain summit.

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Hike the Art Loeb Trail to the brilliant-white Shining Rock summit, rolling elevation over Black Balsam and a line of wildflower-covered, view-packed balds

Hiking to the Shining Rock summit on the Art Loeb Trail

Hike the Art Loeb Trail to the brilliant-white Shining Rock summit, rolling elevation over Black Balsam and a line of wildflower-covered, view-packed balds.

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Linville Falls in Winter: hiking the Linville Falls & Plunge Basin Trails

Linville Falls in winter: hiking the Linville Falls & Plunge Basin Trails

Hike from the winter-access trailhead at Linville Gorge, catching views of the tumbling Linville Falls waterfall from multiple overlooks, and plunging to the base of the gorge on the Plunge Basin Trail.

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Hike this loop trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Graveyard Fields waterfalls and views from Graveyard Ridge

Graveyard Ridge and Graveyard Fields Loop: hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway

Hike a moderate 6-miler to the ultra-popular Graveyard Fields waterfalls just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and ascend Graveyard Ridge to trek through fields of wildflowers, blueberries and blackberries and catch some stunning views.

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Hike the Craggy Pinnacle Trail to stunning Craggy Gardens views on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Craggy Pinnacle Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Hike the Craggy Pinnacle Trail through exceptionally beautiful forest to views of Craggy Gardens, Craggy Dome and stunning Pisgah National Forest vistas north of Asheville.

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Hike the Art Loeb Trail to Black Balsam Knob's grassy, wildflower-covered summit near the Blue Ridge Parkway

Black Balsam Knob: hiking the Art Loeb Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway

Trek this ultra-popular Blue Ridge Parkway hike to exceptional summit views from Black Balsam Knob, a bald wildflower-covered mountain on the Art Loeb Trail.

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Looking Glass Falls, near Brevard, is one of North Carolina's most popular waterfalls

Looking Glass Falls – Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC

Catch views of the gorgeous, cascading Looking Glass Falls, a roadside waterfall just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Brevard, NC.

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Hike the Sam Knob Trail to stunning views near the Blue Ridge Parkway at Black Balsam Knob

Sam Knob Trail: Blue Ridge Parkway hiking to stunning summit views

Hike the Sam Knob Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway, catching sweeping views from the Sam Knob summit and hiking through a wide, wildflower-filled meadow.

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Devil’s Courthouse Trail: Blue Ridge Parkway hiking near Asheville

Devil’s Courthouse Trail: Blue Ridge Parkway hiking near Asheville

Hike the Devil’s Courthouse Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway to stunning mountaintop views from this jagged, rocky, towering mountain with sinister-looking features.

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Hike the Mt Pisgah Trail to panoramic summit views off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville

Mt Pisgah Trail: Blue Ridge Parkway hiking

Hike the Mt Pisgah Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Asheville, trailing through a scenic forest to breathtaking views from the Mt Pisgah summit. It’s a moderately difficult but short climb, and oh-so-worth the effort.

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Hike the Fryingpan Mountain Tower Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Asheville

Fryingpan Mountain Tower: Blue Ridge Parkway hiking near Mt Pisgah

Hike to stunning summit views from a historic steel fire tower just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mt Pisgah on the 1.4 mile (roundtrip) Fryingpan Mountain Tower Trail.

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