1.3 mi - Moderate - This trail takes you to the top of Mount Pisgah, from which many landmarks in this area receive their name. In the late 18th century, a minister climbed (or viewed, depending on the version one accepts) this mountain and, considering the fertile French Broad River Valley below it, named it after that from which Moses first viewed the Israelites’ Promised Land. On clear days, this trail is very popular, since there is a 360-degree view from the top. Though a short trail, it is fairly strenuous. Much of it is rocky; shoes with sturdy, non-slip soles are recommended. There are some switchbacks and log/rock steps that make the climb more manageable, along with occasional boulders on which to catch your breath. There is a viewing platform at the top, built by the Youth Conservation Corps in 1979. Aside from the WLOS-TV tower, the view is unobstructed. On clear days you can see the French Broad River Valley; Asheville; Canton; and many landmarks in the Pisgah Ranger District, including Looking Glass Rock, Cedar Rock Mountain, Cold Mountain, and the Frying Pan fire tower.
Approximate Elevation Change: 700 feet
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