Mount Pisgah
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
hike difficulty
hike difficulty
Duration 1 - 2 hours
Elevation Gain 730 ft.
State North Carolina
Park/Forest Pisgah National Forest
Parking Fee None
Blaze None
Nearby City Asheville, NC
Trailhead Coord. 35.418695, -82.747967

The namesake mountain of Pisgah National Forest, the Mt. Pisgah trail offers superior views for a modest effort. This, combined with its proximity to Asheville and other local hikes makes it one of the most popular trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Don’t let the short mileage fool you; the last half gains most of this hike’s 700 foot elevation.

Between mile markers 407 and 408 along the Blue Ridge Parkway, look for the sign for the turnoff. Two large parking lots afford excellent views on both sides of the parkway, including the mountain you are about to climb. The transmission tower at the summit is clearly visible, however, doesn’t obstruct much of the view from the top. During the summer months there are public restrooms a short distance to the south at Pisgah Inn. Exploring around the parking area you will discover several other short trails. The trail for Mt. Pisgah begins at the end of the second parking lot. A large sign describing the origin of the name marks the trailhead.

The first half miles of the trail is very tame, however a bit rocky. The trail soon turns to several flights of stone and wood steps. From here, it’s all uphill, gaining almost all of its elevation in the last .7 miles. The trail is easily followed and becomes one long flight of steps after another. There are a few winter views, but most views will be obstructed in the warmer months. There are a couple of places with steep drop offs, so watch children.

At 1 mile in, there is a small overlook back toward the parking lot. This is just a taste of what the top holds. Shortly after this, you will begin to see the transmission tower above you. Arriving at the base of the tower and the summit, a small observation deck allows for almost 3600 views. Toward the southeast is the parking lot and Pisgah Inn. Toward the west is Cold Mountain, standing prominently above the surrounding hills.

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Trailhead Coordinates
35.418695, -82.747967 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°25.12, W 82°44.88 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°25'07'', W 82°44'53'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)

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Further Directions
The trailhead is at the end of the second parking area.


Ranger District Information
Pisgah Ranger District
1600 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Cautions & Warnings
There are a few steep drop offs, so keep watch over children.

Other Information
For more information about Pisgah National Forest, visit the USDA park site: