Pisgah National Forest

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Pisgah National Forest

North Carolina

(828) 257-4200


Things To Do


The Pisgah National Forest covers 510,119 acres of mountainous terrain in the southern Appalachian Mountains, including parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Balsam Mountains.

The Pisgah National Forest was established in 1916, one of the first national forests in the eastern United States. Some of the forest tracts were among the first purchases by the Forest Service under the Weeks Act of 1911. While national forests had already been created in the western United States, the Weeks Act provided the authority required to create national forests in the east as well.

American forestry has roots in what is now the Pisgah National Forest. The Cradle of Forestry, (Biltmore Forest School), located in the southern part of the forest, was the site of the first school of forestry in the United States. It operated during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The school was opened and operated at the direction of George Washington Vanderbilt II, builder of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. The Cradle of Forestry and the Biltmore Estate played a major role in the birth of the U.S. Forest Service.

Map of Pisgah Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 35.802170, -82.345190



  • Bicycling

    The Pisgah National Forest has nearly endless mountain biking opportunities. Numerous trails travel throughout the forest.

  • Camping

    The forest has several developed campgrounds.

  • Fishing

    Both lake fishing and stream and creek fishing are excellent in the Pisgah NF.

  • Hiking

    Hikers can choose from hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Visitors can take a short day-hike or a multiple-day trek.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is allowed on many trails in the Pisgah NF.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    OHV enthusiasts are welcome at the Brown Mountain OHV Trail System. An OHV camp is available.

  • Picnicking

    Developed picnic areas are located throughout the forest.

Phone Numbers


(828) 257-4200