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Mount Pisgah, MP 408

Mount PisgahMount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, picnic area, campground, lodge, restaurant, and country store make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pisgah Inn & Restaurant attracts many visitors who want to experience the resources of the Parkway from a somewhat comfortable environment. Other visitors use the campground and trails to experience the resources from a different perspective.

The mountain and thousands of surrounding acres were originally purchased by industrialist George Washington Vanderbilt in the late 1800s while building the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. Vanderbilt used the property as a private hunting retreat for family and friends. The birthplace of forestry in America is also interpreted nearby in the Pisgah National Forest at the Cradle of Forestry.

What to Do

  • Explore the nearby 16-mile Shut-In Trail (a National Recreation Trail), which is part of a longer route that Vanderbilt originally created for his hunting parties
  • Hike to the summit of Mount Pisgah for breath-taking views - see area map
  • Enjoy bird and wildlife watching
  • Picnic amid natural beauty - restrooms open seasonally
  • Stretch your legs and grab a snack or Parkway keepsake at a seasonal country store
  • Enjoy a meal at the Pisgah Inn Restaurant - open seasonally
  • Camp under the stars or respite at the Pisgah Inn - open seasonally


Handicap Accessibility

- restrooms are accessible with assistance

- interpretive programs are accessible with assistance

- campground is accessible with assistance

- picnic area is accessible with assistance

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