Things to do in Pisgah Forest

Top Things to Do in Pisgah Forest

Things to Do in Pisgah Forest

Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

Top Attractions in Pisgah Forest


Learn more about this content
Tours, activities and experiences bookable on Tripadvisor, ranked using exclusive Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, popularity, user preferences, price, and bookings made through Tripadvisor.
*Likely to sell out: Based on Viator’s booking data and information from the provider from the past 30 days, it seems likely this experience will sell out through Viator, a Tripadvisor company.

What travellers are saying

  • YWC3238
    Atlanta, GA105 contributions
    About 6 miles hike and took us about 3 and half hours up to Looking Glass Rock.
    I would consider this a moderate hike. Highly recommended.
    Written 30 October 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • JL1707
    Lima, OH84 contributions
    A must stop if you are in the area. It's a short drive off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Easy and fun to slide down the rock. The water is freezing and the pool at the bottom is about 8 feet deep. It is an exhilarating experience.
    We got there early and pretty much had the place to ourselves.
    Written 19 December 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Ward D
    Satellite Beach, FL2,568 contributions
    This scenic view and stop are directly off the Pisgah highway. There is limited parking along the side of the road that has the falls. The waterfall is right off the road and easy to see from the sidewalk. It is a plunge waterfall that looked about 30 feet across at the top with about an 80-foot plunge into a broad pool. The viewing platform is about 200 feet from the falls with about ½ of that distance covered by rock/ground above water and the rest is the pool that the water cascades into. For the adventurous, you can descend several concrete (wide) steps to get to the bottom where there is a platform for you to take pictures or just enjoy the view. The really adventurous people in your group can go beyond the walkway and stand right by the falls. I have even seen pictures of people in the water although I would recommend staying on the walkway and viewing platform for your safety. Overall, a very nice stop off the Pisgah highway that has a very nice view and is easy to access, and provides great pictures in various seasons. Enjoy!
    Written 14 January 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Kristen B
    Bailey, NC146 contributions
    We came here on the last day of the season. Wasn’t crowded. The movie was very good and provided a lot of great information. The walking trails are paved and about a mile. Enjoyed the trip. Would recommend.
    Written 13 November 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • wohdonkey
    Newark, OH1,977 contributions
    We hiked on a Friday around 11am. There is a small parking lot with additional parking off the sides of the road. It wasn’t too busy when we started but more people were starting out the hike on our way back down. It took us around 4 hours total but we spent a good bit of time just enjoying the view from the top of Looking Glass Rock. There are lots of switchbacks along the path so it wasn’t as steep of a hike as we expected. We did take a break on the helipad/Max Wilson rock on the way up. It is a good stopping point because it gets to be a little more of an incline after that point. The views from the top are definitely worth the trek!
    Written 1 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • JP
    Raleigh, NC31 contributions
    Great, quick, hike to see a really cool waterfall! Even cooler that you can walk behind it and set up for some great photo ops and in our experience there were plenty of friendly people willing to take your photo if you take theirs. Dog friendly for our large golden retriever. Will say that we went a few days after it rained and it was MUDDY and very slippery in some areas. Looking glass falls is about a mile down the same road. There were plenty of parks on the side of the road.
    Written 2 January 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Subteach10
    Asheville, NC336 contributions
    This is a short hike (less than 30 minutes up) that is uphill but on a well maintained path. The forest surrounding the path are stunning. The views at the top are worth any elevation gain.
    Written 16 September 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • havefunaway
    Crescent Springs, KY262 contributions
    Very nice building on your way to waterfall hiking in the forest. Rangers were very helpful to campers who were experiencing an unusual cold snap. We were not campers but did have hiking questions which were knowledgeably answered. They do have shirts and sweatshirts and various "visitor center" items available for sale and lots of pamphlets for the hikers in the area. The restrooms were open clean and available before hitting the trails. We really enjoy this area.
    Written 4 November 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Bowmanator22
    Charlotte, NC5,018 contributions
    Gravel road to trailhead. Nobody there on a Saturday at 8:45 am. We had the whole place to ourselves. Relatively easy hike, but incredible falls!
    Written 8 July 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Tony N
    Supply, NC21 contributions
    The view from the 6,030 ft. summit of Cold Mountain is worth the 5.3 mi. one-way hike. The summit is not too easy to find. I almost missed the survey marker at the peak. Once you arrive, step out onto the ledge from between the brush and bushes, and you will see layer upon layer of mountain ridges stretching out before you. During my August visit, there were wildflowers near the summit which had attracted many butterflies and bees. At one point, I had butterflies and bees swarming above my head, and to top it all off, a hummingbird flew overhead. The trail is not an easy one. It is "paved" almost entirely with rock which can, of course, be slippery when wet. Also, I actually stepped off the trail twice on my descent and had to backtrack to a point find the actual trail. There are no signs to point you in the right direction. Be mindful of where you make turns on the ascent. The difficulty level for me would be about 5/5, but I am sure a much fitter hiker would not find this trail much more than a 3/5. Just allow for about 6 hours round trip. Happy hiking!
    Written 19 August 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • F9612TXmichaelw
    St. Augustine, FL19 contributions
    This is probably as you would expect for a state or federal run place. It’s clean and well organized. It has information about the local wildlife and wilderness. It can help fill in the blanks that google just can’t. They have maps and current regulations that can save you time and headaches. The people are friendly and know their stuff. They can help you turn a good experience into a great one.
    Written 7 January 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Ron F
    5 contributions
    Stopped in for just one, but had a few more because of the great selections available. Ambience was wonderful.
    Written 16 June 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • wohdonkey
    Newark, OH1,977 contributions
    We parked at the of the road near a gated entrance in a small parking area. We had about a 1 mile round trip hike to the falls. It was a pretty easy hike and we really enjoyed the falls since it was only my husband and I there at the time. It was a nice peaceful spot to hang out after a short hike.
    Written 1 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Subteach10
    Asheville, NC336 contributions
    This is an easy hike (although longer than most easy hikes). Since it is in a wet county it will be muddy so be prepared. The forests are beautiful and you have several water front areas as well.
    Written 16 September 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Cynthia N
    Daphne, AL56 contributions
    Beautiful large waterfall in secluded location, definitely off the beaten path. The trail is not marked very well but there is a narrow path up to the fall. May be a difficult walk for the elderly and certain disabilities as it is steep and slippery in places. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to check off another waterfall on their bucket list. This one's a beauty!
    Written 7 July 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Frequently Asked Questions about Pisgah Forest



The most popular things to do in Pisgah Forest with children according to Tripadvisor travellers are:See all kid friendly things to do in Pisgah Forest on Tripadvisor

Pisgah Forest Attractions Information

Attractions26
Attraction Reviews4,595
Attraction Photos2,837
Local TimeFriday 3:28 PM