Pisgah National Forest

Once property of George W. Vanderbilt, and considered the birthplace to modern forestry in America, Pisgah is home to old-growth forests and the highest mountain peaks east of the Mississippi.

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Looking Glass Rock with wildflowers
Doing Pisgah Perfectly

by Mark File
The Pisgah National Forest is home to mile-high peaks, countless waterfalls, rushing rivers, endless…

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Mount Pisgah Hike: Story Only
Mount Pisgah Trail

by Danny Bernstein
On a clear day, Mount Pisgah 's 5,721-foot summit can easily be seen from downtown Asheville .…

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Mountain Biking in Bent Creek
The Most Popular Mountain Biking in WNC

by Pat Barcas
Asheville is quickly becoming a mecca for mountain bikers throughout the entire country who want to…

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  • Downtown Asheville Skyline in Fall
    by Jason Tarr

    As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the forest trees in brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. In the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina, fall color experts are forecasting a longer-than-usual fall … read more

  • Serafina and the Twisted Staff
    by Jason Tarr

    In the cavernous basement of the Biltmore Estate and in the magical forests surrounding Asheville is a mythical protagonist, 12-year-old Serafina, who has captivated the attention of the nation’s readers. The first chronicle of her daring quest … read more

  • Sweeping mountain views, great food, and lively music create the vibe in Asheville
    by Del Holston

    If you’re looking for things to do in Asheville, then consider this list your primer to the many activities available in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, or perhaps well acquainted with the flare of this … read more

  • Looking Glass Falls
    by Mark File

    The Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Asheville are home to thousands of beautiful cascades . While most are in remote areas or require a hike to see, here are half a dozen waterfalls that you can easily enjoy from the road. And they are all free to … read more

  • Moore Cove in Winter
    by Mark File

    Taking a winter hike offers many rewards! First of all, you’ll appreciate the refreshing temperatures as you climb a mountainside. Often, you’ll have the trail all to yourself since there are fewer fellow hikers. In addition, see the best … read more

  • Linn Cove Viaduct in the Fall
    by Asheville Insider

    In the early fall, trees begin changing color at the highest elevations surrounding the Asheville area, so head out on these scenic drives in late September and early October. Since peak color changes often, visit our weekly leaf reports to stay … read more