Pisgah Ranger District

View from Black Balsam with blooming rhododendron in the foreground

The Pisgah Ranger District is home to many waterfalls, scenic views, and miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Bordering Transylvania, Buncombe, and Haywood Counties, Pisgah Ranger District is a short drive from Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard, and Waynesville. Lake Powhatan Recreation area and Bent Creek Experimental Forest are also included in the Pisgah District, providing visitors with more recreation opportunities. 


NOTICE 8/28/2021

FOREST CLOSURE ORDER NO. 08-11-07-21-118
for noted locations:
Setzer Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Education Center
Wildlife Education Center Visitor Parking Lot and the first 0.1 miles of FSR475C; Horse Cove
Sliding Rock Recreation Area
Wolf Ford Horse Camp
Cove Creek Group Camps(Upper&Lower)
Looking Glass Falls will apply only to the stairs to the lower
observation deck and the pool below the falls.
Sycamore Flats Recreation Area
North end of the Art Loeb Trailhead and Little East Fork Trailhead
475 – Davidson River Road (from Cove Creek to Gloucester Gap)
475 – Davidson River Road (from Balsam Grove to Gloucester Gap)
140 – Courthouse Creek Road
229 – Pilot Mountain Road

Maps and Official Closure Order Available at this Link

General Information


From the Asheville Supervisor's Office:

Take I 26 East to Exit 40 (Airport Rd.)  Turn right on Airport Road (Hwy. 280) and continue on it until reaching Pisgah Forest.  Turn right on US Hwy. 276 North.  The ranger district office is approximately 2 miles on US 276.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

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Campground Camping

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Group Camping

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Dispersed Camping

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