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Pisgah National Forest
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Pisgah National Forest features some of the most beautiful and rugged mountain scenery, and the best recreational opportunities in eastern North America. The Pisgah National Forest is a large forest that covers much of the north and central western mountains of NC. It is broken up into 4 Ranger Districts.

Highlights of the Pisgah National Forest

The Pisgah 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.

The Appalachian/French 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.

The Grandfather 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.

The Appalachian/Toecane 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.


Official National Forest Service Information and links;

Other Useful Information & Links

  • Mountain Camping Information
    (in PDF format from NFS). The Pisgah National Forest offers full-featured campgrounds as well as primitive and group campgrounds. Get the official NFS info for mountain camping and info about reserving sites. We do not make reservations for camping, nor do we have anything else to do with the campgrounds.
  • Appalachian/French Broad Ranger District
    P.O. Box 128
    Hot Springs, NC 28743
    (828) 622-3202
    On US 25/70 in Hot Springs

  • Grandfather Ranger District
    Route 1, Box 110-A
    Nebo, NC 28761
    (828) 652-2144
    Exit 90 off I-40 at Nebo/Lake James exit. About 9 miles east of Marion.

  • Pisgah Ranger District
    1001 Pisgah Highway
    Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
    (828) 877-3265
    On US 276, north of Brevard.

  • Appalachian/Toecane Ranger District
    P.O. Box 128
    Burnsville, NC 28714
    (828) 682-6146
    On US 19-E bypass in Burnsville.


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