Carolina Picnic Getaways
Ridge Parkway National Park
Milepost 408.6 Mount Pisgah.
Campground, picnic area, trails,
inn, restaurant (May-November). Mount Pisgah was part of the
100,000-acre estate bought in the late 1800's by George W.
Vanderbilt. The first forestr of managed forest in this country,
became the nucleus of Pisgah National Forest.y school in America was
established on the estate. A large part of the woodland, the first
In the late 1800's industrialist
George Washington Vanderbilt, while building his grand Biltmore
Estate in Asheville, purchased Mount Pisgah and thousands of
surrounding acres for a private hunting retreat for family and
friends. The nearby 16-mile Shut-In Trail (a National Recreation
Trail) is part of a longer route that Vanderbilt originally created
for his hunting parties.
Today the area adjoining the
Parkway is part of the Pisgah National Forest and is still playing
host to nature enthusiasts. Mount Pisgah has the distinction of
having by far the highest elevation of any developed area along the
Parkway. Be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions.
Campground, picnic area, an extensive trail system, and close by to
the US Forest Service's Cradle of Forestry.
Pisgah Inn, at almost 5,000 feet
elevation, offers views and solitude like no other place on the
Parkway. Click here for more information or for reservations.
Milepost 417 Looking Glass Rock
So named because it reflects light
brilliantly when water and ice are on the rock's granite face.
Milepost 418.8 Graveyard Fields
Loop trail of moderate difficulty,
2.3 miles, to Yellowstone Falls.
Milepost 422.4 Devil's Courthouse
Strenuous 1/2 mile hike to
"Courthouse" for 360 degree view. Sensitive habitat area.
Please stay on trail.
Milepost 431.4 Richland Balsam
Highest point on Blue Ridge Parkway
motor road. Alt. 6,047