Ranger District is dominated by Mt. Pisgah on the Blue Ridge
Parkway and extends on both sides of the Parkway. It is located
roughly between the towns of Brevard, Waynesville and Asheville,
NC. This area is especially noted for easy access to many beautiful
waterfalls, wonderful hiking and camping opportunities, the Cradle
of Forestry, and more. The district also includes the Shining Rock
and Middle Prong Wilderness areas.
Broad Ranger District lies along the North Carolina / Tennessee
border, northeast of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Among
the highlights of this region are the Harmon Den area - a mecca
for horseback riders, Max Patch mountain - offering stunning panoramic
views, the French Broad River and the Appalachian Trail.
Ranger District lies southeast of the Blue Ridge Parkway from
north of Asheville to Blowing Rock, NC. Linville Gorge is the predominant
feature of the area with very rugged terrain to challenge even experienced
hikers. There are also easier trails. Other significant features
include the Wilson Creek area, which is highly favored among kayakers
and the Brown Mountain Off-Road Vehicle area.
Ranger District lies northwest of the Blue Ridge Parkway from
north of Asheville to Blowing Rock and to the Tennessee state line.
This area contains some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in
the east including important wildflower habitats at Craggy Gardens
and Roan Mountain. Also included in this district are Mt. Mitchell
- highest point in eastern America and Grandfather Mountain - an
international biosphere preserve, although neither of these are
actually National Forest property. The peak of Mt. Mitchell is a
North Carolina State Park. Grandfather Mountain is privately owned,
but open to the public with an admission charge.