Pisgah National Forest

Swimming, hiking, camping and scenic driving are some of the many activities this remarkable national forest offers.  

Camp at Pisgah National Forest’s secluded sites, visit the forest’s many waterfalls, mountains and creeks and explore the wilderness. At over 500,000 acres (200,000 hectares), the forest has almost limitless ways to appreciate its natural beauty.

Skim down the Sliding Rock natural water slide into the plunge pool. This is one of many waterfalls in the Pisgah National Forest. It was named Sliding Rock by locals for its 60-foot (18-meter) smooth face, perfect for summer fun. Float down the Davidson River on a tube, one of the forest’s more popular activities. Rent a tube and begin and end your downstream journey wherever you like.

Swim under the breathtaking Looking Glass Falls. This waterfall is also 60 feet (18 meters) tall and is one of the most impressive falls in western North Carolina. Tour the Pisgah National Forest’s other waterfalls by driving the 79-mile-long (127-kilometer) Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway. Stop along the way and enjoy hiking, swimming, horseback riding and fishing.

Camp in the Mount Pisgah Campground located on the rolling mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This campground is equipped with drinking water, restrooms and showers and is known for its surrounding beauty and nearby hiking trails. Trails range from moderate to difficult and one even leads to the top of Mount Pisgah. Try the Buck Spring Trailhead for a challenging experience, traveling along uneven terrain and through the hardwood forest.

Mountain bike the trailheads Bent Creek, Mills River and Davidson River, all located in the Pisgah Ranger District. Choose a trail difficulty based on your skill level and ride at your own pace. The mountain bike trails lead both ways so try both directions if you have time.

Recreational opportunities at the Pisgah National Forest are almost limitless, so be sure to plan in advance. With a variety of paid and free sites, you’ll find activities to suit your budget. Pack a tent and plenty of supplies to fully appreciate this beautiful national forest.

Visit the spectacular waterfalls in the Pisgah National Forest to cool down after a long hike or bike ride.

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