A great day trip to the high country is to drive to Mount Pisgah on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
It takes about an hour to get to the section of the Parkway then it is about 30 miles north to Mount Pisgah. If you want to take a dip along the way you may want to stop at one of our favorite swimming holes, Skinny Dip Falls.
We have given you our “Tom and Rebecca Ratings”on the areas below:
Mount Pisgah Trail T&R Rating:
Unique Tower at Top
Back on the Parkway you will head North to Mile post 408. Here you will find a trail to the top of Mount Pisgah which is 1.5 miles in length with about a 700 ft elevation gain. The gain is at the very end and is about .5 miles of very steep climb. It is well worth it.
We highly recommend enjoying a meal at the Pisgah Inn. The service is excellent, the food delicious and the view is exceptional.
Skinny Dip Falls T&R Rating:
Easy to Moderate Hike
Short with some steep places
Approximately 1 mile in and 1 mile out
Located at Milepost 417 which is the Looking Glass Rock Overlook there is a trail head for Skinny Dip Falls. This Trail is across the road from the overlook to the north. The falls area has many private pools that are perfect for swimming.
Cradle of Forestry T&R Rating:
Excellent place to take Children or Elders
Best Wheel Chair Accessible Area we have ever visited!
Lots of Trails
Mile post 412 is known as Wagon Road Gap is where 276 crosses the road.
Take this exit and turn left to go to the Cradle of Forestry. It is well marked. You will be traveling toward Brevard.
Looking Glass Rock and Pisgah Wildlife Center T&R Rating:
Excellent Drives to photograph Looking Glass Rock
Wonderful Hiking Trails that are well marked with easy access
For a Jeep Trail Experience here is one way to drive to see the rock:
Further down Hwy 276 is a Forest Road 475B. This road is a pretty well maintained Forestry Road but it is gravel. You can take it down to 475 and head Left to the Fish Hatchery and Pisgah Wildlife Center.
Then you can travel further down 475 traveling the same direction and it rejoins Hwy 276 at Looking Glass Falls.
For a gentle Car Experience
Just continue on down Hwy 276 toward Brevard and you will see signs for the Fish Hatchery and Pisgah Wildlife Center
Between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Looking Glass Falls on Hwy 276 T&R Rating:
Nice Swimming Experiences
Heading back toward the Parkway on Hwy 276 back toward Waynesville will take you back to the parkway. On the way you will pass Sliding Rock. This unique area is a fee area that allows you to slide down an amazing part of the creek if you are so inclined.