Pisgah National Forest
For its natural breathtaking beauty viewed from the French Broad
River basin, Mount Pisgah is believed to have been named after a
biblical name of a mountain by a Reverend James Hall who used to
accompany General Rutherford in expeditions back in 1776. Mt. Pisgah
dominates the Pisgah National Forest and the Pisgah Ranger District.
The Pisgah National Forest is a space of about half a million acres
surrounding Mt. Pisgah. The mountain peak is 5,000 foot high and is
located at the Blue Ridge Parkway, milepost 407, lining Asheville, North
Carolina. It is the first National Forest in the eastern United States
in 1916 and probably, one of the accessible ways to some of the Blue
Ridge Mountains’ scenic views and excellent recreational activities.
Its beginnings come from George Vanderbilt’s environmental knack for
beauty. He managed his property’s exterior by choosing to grow his
estate converging the Swannanoa and French Broad Rivers in western North
Carolina. When he added a 125,000 acre to his estate, he had acquired a
vast portion of the Mt. Pisgah. To the west of Biltmore Estate, you may
find the mountain towering the Pisgah Ledge, which is directly parallel
to the French Broad River.
Amongst the natural attractions that you can find within the
Pisgah National Forest are: The Cradle of Forestry America’s first
school of forestry; Mount Hardy – surrounded by a wilderness area with a
6,110 peak; Pink Beds – a forested area famous for its abundant laurel
and rhododendron blooms; Roan Mountain – a 5-mile ridge with an
astonishing exhibit of rhododendron blooms; Looking Glass Rock – an
amazing landmark known to rock climbers and hikers; and the Linville
Gorge and Falls – the deepest gorge in the eastern United States.
Every daring hiker would dream of treading through a 400-mile trail
found anywhere in the wilderness of Pisgah National Forest. Recreational
activities are attractive menus varying every season.
There are self-guided interpretative tours, overnight hikes,
backpacking trips and horseback riding.
In summer, fishing, boating, whitewater sports, rock climbing and
mountain biking are items to consider
in your activity check-list.
An extension of that delight is a comfortable camping site at the
national forest itself, packaged with complete facilities and reliable
service. In fall, leaves that transform into different shades are
visuals not affordable to miss. In winter, the slopes covered with white
flakes of snow, is a journey to a dreamy haven thought to be found only
in the movies.
Honestly, are there any answers to why should you come by? Pisgah
National Forest is a dimension of combined 4 elements in itself – air,
water, earth, fire. Nothing less. All is addressed.