Climbing to the peak of Mt. Pisgah for a beautiful panoramic view.
One of the highest peaks in the area, the view is incredible.
Parking for the trail head is just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway and provides plenty of spots for the energetic day hikers. The peak can be seen slightly West of North just before entering the woods on the trail.
The lower section of the trail is relatively wide and gentle in elevation change, but as you get closer and closer to your goal the climb gets steeper and more rocky. There are still many places to step off to the side and take a break.
The trail crosses many small streams that could provide for a refreshing drink if you plan to travel with a filter.
The trail is wide and for the most part offers good footing. On occasion you can find a little path taking you just a few feet of the main trail leading to nice little peaks at the view beyond the trees that shroud the hike.
The tower obscures a bit of the northern view but not much. At the top of the mountain is a small observation deck and a few small rock outcroppings that make for great spots to take a break and enjoy a little snack before beginning the descent.
The climb is well worth the effort once you reach the summit and are able to enjoy the 360 degree view of Western North Carolina.
The hike is an out and back route and as you can see from the chart below it is a pretty consistent climb. The elevation change is reported to be 712 feet and unless you are really conditioned for it, you will definitely start feeling it in your legs by the end. And if you are carrying a 1 year old a good bit of the way, you will feel it in your back as well.