Mount Pisgah Trail #355

1.3 mi - Moderate - This trail takes you to the top of Mount Pisgah, from which many landmarks in this area receive their name. In the late 18th century, a minister climbed (or viewed, depending on the version one accepts) this mountain and, considering the fertile French Broad River Valley below it, named it after that from which Moses first viewed the Israelites’ Promised Land. On clear days, this trail is very popular, since there is a 360-degree view from the top. Though a short trail, it is fairly strenuous. Much of it is rocky; shoes with sturdy, non-slip soles are recommended. There are some switchbacks and log/rock steps that make the climb more manageable, along with occasional boulders on which to catch your breath. There is a viewing platform at the top, built by the Youth Conservation Corps in 1979. Aside from the WLOS-TV tower, the view is unobstructed. On clear days you can see the French Broad River Valley; Asheville; Canton; and many landmarks in the Pisgah Ranger District, including Looking Glass Rock, Cedar Rock Mountain, Cold Mountain, and the Frying Pan fire tower.

Approximate Elevation Change: 700 feet
Blaze: None

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Hiking Trail: foot traffic only.
Water: no
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn right (north) onto US 276, proceed 14 miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Proceed north past mile marker 409 to the Pisgah Inn, and then approximately one mile further to the Mount Pisgah Parking Area, on the right side. Enter this parking area and proceed through the first parking lot to a second lot, a short distance beyond the first. The trail begins at the far end of the second parking lot.


Day Hiking