The Mount Pisgah National Forest is a massive tract of land off the Blue Ridge Parkway that has amenities that appeal to a variety of travelers. For the granola grizzled camper to those who prefer more luxury when taking in nature, you're certain to have a great time and plenty of opportunities to take beautiful Lomographs.
Mount Pisgah (pronounced piz-gah) is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and growing up in the Southeast of the United States, I’m no stranger to the Blue Ridge Parkway (a great location in its own right), but I had never stopped to visit the Mt. Pisgah area as I drove through. What I discovered was a beautiful location for hiking, biking, and all sorts of other outdoor activities.
I arrived in the afternoon on a Saturday and was meeting a group of friends who were already camping. We met up at the Graveyard Fields overlook since they were about to go for a hike and I was glad I got there when I did. Graveyard Fields is a very beautiful location in spite of its dark sounding moniker, which was allegedly earned when a powerful windstorm uprooted a large swath of trees leaving a series of stumps that resembled tombstones. Don’t be confused though, the area is still incredibly lush with all sorts of trees and other foliage to enjoy.
We hiked down to the waterfall area first since it was on the way to trails and that proved to be a fantastic place to hang out in, dip your toes in the water, and have a refreshing beverage. There are even deeper areas where water collects into swimmable pools for the warmer months and for after long hikes. After taking in the lower waterfall, some of us decided to explore the looping trail that leads to the higher elevations in the area, through well carved paths between rocks and trees. This isn’t hardcore hiking by any means, but you definitely want a nice pair of boots/running shoes to handle the rocky trail and random logs. On our way up, we stopped in the lower field where in the fall season you can pick wild blueberries as a quick, energy-bolstering snack.
After meeting back up with our crew relaxing by the waterfall, we headed to our campsite down the road to get prepped for a campfire dinner. The campsites offered here are spacious with benches and fire pits provided to relax and cook with. Also, for those of you like myself who aren’t very hardcore campers, there are restroom facilities with proper toilets and showers.
The next morning, a small dispatch of us decided to get one last hike in before packing up and making the drive home. This time we drove to a different trail and hiked to the peak of a ridge for a fantastic view. This time the hike was a bit more engaging, but the payoff at the top was well worth the price of the hike.
If you love outdoor activities, Mt. Pisgah is a great place to spend a long weekend (or longer depending on just how much hiking/camping you’re into). Bring some friends, some drinks and definitely bring your cameras.