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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

Highlights & Happenings

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  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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  • Open year round, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation.
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount 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.
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  • The Blue Ridge Music Center is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge.
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  • James River & Otter Creek, MP 60-63.8
  • At the lowest elevation along the Parkway, visitors can hike, camp, fish, have a picnic, and see restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal.
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  • What To Do
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  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
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