Middle Prong Wilderness

Area Status: Open

Middle Prong Wilderness area is 7,900 acres of steep, rugged high-elevation ridges ranging from 3,200 to over 6,400 feet. The area gets its name from the Middle Prong of the Pigeon River finding whose headwaters are located in the area.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 24 Hours
Reservations: None
Fees: None
Restrictions: NOTE: This trail is in a federally designated wilderness area, which by law is managed to minimize evidence of human presence. Consequently, trails are neither signed nor blazed, and are maintained at a low level that results in their treads being difficult or impossible to see at times. An accurate map, compass, and the ability to use both are mandatory for travel in a wilderness area. Additionally, in the Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness Areas, campfires are not allowed, groups may not be larger than ten people at any time, and bicycles are not allowed in the wilderness areas.
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


Middle Prong WA is also north of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but west of NC 215. Its southern boundary is the Blue Ridge Parkway, and it encompasses much of the district land between the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Sunburst Campground and Picnic Area.

General Notes:

Pisgah Ranger District
1600 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
(828) 877-3265

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information