Pisgah National Forest

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Pisgah National Forest
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National Parks • Forests • Gardens
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Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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A park within easy driving distance from Hendersonville that offers hiking, camping and fishing.
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Texas_Traveler71
Paris, TX1,156 contributions
Our family of four (with teens) was enjoying some downtime in Asheville for a few days earlier this month when we decided to have a hiking afternoon in the Pisgah National Forest. Are we glad we did! The area is amazing beautiful and is a very easy drive from Asheville. We found a couple of easy hikes for our family (as we certainly don't profess to be expert hikers) that we really enjoyed. The sites are amazing and I would highly recommend even just driving through the area. A couple of great sites are just off the main road as well. Highly recommend seeing this beautiful part of the country in person.
Written July 19, 2020
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Lisa S
Fort Myers, FL9,878 contributions
Couples
I can’t seem to locate a separate review for this trail so I’ll leave it here.

First I’ll say there is very limited parking at the trailhead sign and the portajohns smell is horrendous! It might be easier to park at Lake Powhatan and begin hiking or biking from there.

Yes you will encounter bikers and hikers although not all the way around.

We started from the smelly parking lot and at the dead end we went right. As we came to the bridge over the stream we should have stayed straight to continue around the lake. Instead we crossed the bridge and again missed the loop path and walked uphill for 30 minutes before turning back around. We encountered many bikers here as well as a few hikers.

Once we returned to the bridge and stream we got back on the paved path and walked to the fishing pier at the lake. Very nice area, portajohns there if emergency. We walked the path to the other side of the lake where there is a beach, not a great one but one. The parking lot and restrooms are up higher so never saw those.

The path back from this point was narrower but not hard. Nice little pretty much flat hike.
Written September 25, 2020
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wohdonkey
Newark, OH1,948 contributions
Couples
We were staying very close to the forest so we spent as much time seeing waterfalls and hiking here as we could. We loved the Pisgah National Forest! So many waterfalls to see! We also did the Looking Glass Rock Trail which was my favorite hike! Not a lot of cell service once you are in the forest, so I would recommend downloading a map first. The visitor center is also worth the stop.
Written May 1, 2022
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Leslie J
Cary, NC30 contributions
Definitely stop at the Pisgah Ranger Station! The rangers were very helpful with everything from parking to mosquito levels! We went on a Sunday late morning on the Daniel Ridge Loop trail (go clockwise) and we only saw a few people out hiking the whole time. Beautiful trail. A little muddy/ hilly near the waterfall at the end. Rocky and rooty. Great trail!
Written July 25, 2021
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TYPSUKR
Arlington, VA723 contributions
Pretty much any time we got out of the car and a few steps off of Blue Ridge Parkway itself, we were in the Pisgah National Forest. Hence, many of our wilderness experiences were technically in the Forest, as opposed to on the Parkway. One of the highlights we had in that aspect was hiking along a Forest Service road from the Parkway to the Frying Pan Lookout. At the summit, alongside some broadcast towers and monitoring stations, there is a fire lookout tower that you are free to scale....if you have the courage :)
Written May 16, 2022
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Bandit2118
Columbus, GA732 contributions
Couples
Amazing beauty all around and a Hikers paradise as you can spend a week here and enjoy it immensely hiking both trails and finding marked waterfalls and unmarked waterfalls.

Camping paradise as well and always be prepped for those colder nights and Rain out of the Blue!

Botanists and Animal lovers alike would love it too and we saw many bikers simply biking and stopping throughout this paradise.

Enjoy the Mountainous Paradise of Pisgah National Forest! Nature at its Best!
Written August 31, 2020
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Peggy G
Jacksonville, FL3 contributions
Couples
My family has been going to to Pisgah Forest every year for the past 40 years. There is a variety of hiking trail lengths and levels of difficulty. The trails are well marked and the staff at the visitors center are very helpful. Beautiful place for kids and seniors. Don’t miss Sycamore Flats and The Cradle of Forestry.
Written July 4, 2022
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Deanne D
12 contributions
We visited just for the day, but were impressed by the mountains, trails and waterfalls. Definitely stop by the rangers visitor center and they can provide the best trails for your experience level and the type of day. We did Slide Rock, Looking Glass Falls, John Rock and Jackson Falls! Definitely worth the hike!
Written July 7, 2021
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Mark B
North Waterboro, ME64 contributions
Friends
I have spent numerous days in PNF riding motorcycles with friends and family. The scenery is sublime and the pavement is second to none. I've toured throughout USA and Canada and always return to PNF as my preferred source of roads, scenery and food.
Written May 24, 2020
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ShaFlorida
Florida40 contributions
If you're not coming from Ashville, do not follow your GPS. We were driving from Franklin & were led to the other side of the mountain where there are signs that say things like, "Your GPS lied to you." It took a LONG time to figure out how to get to the Blue Ridge Parkway, where the trailhead actually is. (It's at mile marker 407.6 with an obvious parking lot.) It's a 3 miles roundtrip hike, which has some rocky sections is a bit strenuous.
Written April 23, 2021
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