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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 Tubers coming down the longer natural waterslide near Upper Creek Falls.

Upper Creek Falls/Jonas Hole/Natural Waterslide

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

Linville Falls

(1) Newland, NC

Recommended Routes in Pisgah National Forest - 32

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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 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 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 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 The Peoples Trail - A photo shot of a couple along the Appalachian Trail from atop Max Patch Mountain in Pisgah National Forest. There are many stunning views along the 2,200-mile east coast trail, but nothing quite like the panoramic scene of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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
Favorite Heading towards Grassy Ridge Bald.
Difficult

AT: Carver's Gap to US19E

13.8 mi 22.2 km 1,821' Up 555.12 m Up 4,416' Down 1346.06 m Down

Roan Mo…, TN

Pisgah National Forest Hiking

  • 2,112 Miles 3,399 Kilometers of Trail
  • 44 Recommended Routes
  • 10 Gems Gems
  • 64 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 212 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 108 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Pisgah National Forest - 340

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2.7 mi 4.3 km #1Looking Glass Rock Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Brevard, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Brevard, NC 48 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #2Woody Ridge Trail (177)
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC 29 
7.7 mi 12.4 km #3Shortoff Mountain Trail
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC 20 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #4Hawksbill Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 23 
2.6 mi 4.1 km #5Mount Pisgah Trail
Difficult
Mills River, NC
Difficult
Mills River, NC 30 
1.2 mi 1.9 km #6Catawba Falls Trail
Intermediate
Black Mountain, NC
Intermediate
Black Mountain, NC 20 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #7Table Rock Summit Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 13 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #8Pinch-In Trail
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 18 
4.6 mi 7.4 km #9Graybeard Trail
Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult
Black Mountain, NC 17 
3.7 mi 6.0 km #10Colbert Ridge Trail
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC 11 

Photos of Pisgah National Forest - 452

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The Peoples Trail - A photo shot of a couple along the Appalachian Trail from atop Max Patch Mountain in Pisgah National Forest. There are many stunning views along the 2,200-mile east coast trail, but nothing quite like the panoramic scene of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Apr 7, 2016 near Marshall, NC
Morning glory on the Black Mountain Crest Trail.
Jan 17, 2016 near Burnsville, NC
Tablerock Mountain (to the right) from Shortoff Mountain.
Dec 2, 2015 near Glen Al…, NC
Crabtree Falls in winter
Jan 1, 2021 near Spruce…, NC
Rhododendron Gardens atop Roan Ridge!
Jan 22, 2016 near Bakersv…, 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
Enjoy a beautiful view of where the gorge carves through the mountains by sitting on one of the cliff edges along the Shortoff Mountain Trail.
Feb 4, 2017 near Spruce…, NC
This is a mostly unknown and epic photo op.
May 6, 2018 near Black M…, NC