Welcome to pisgahNationalForest.info
This site provides information that will help you enjoy the natural beauty and recreational opportunities of the Pisgah National Forest.
Enjoy your visit to the Pisgah National Forest. Learn what you can do and see here.
The Pisgah National Forest has many activities to enjoy. People sometimes come in and ask about what there is to do in the forest. The answer is that you can picnic, camp, hike, climb, fish, swim, slide, float, hunt, bike, mountain bike, ride your horse, rent a horse, learn about forestry, find waterfalls, see the sights, or just relax.
One thing we strongly recommend is that people do some research before visiting the area. We are always amazed at people that arrive on a Friday afternoon in July with no idea where they are going to camp or what they want to do. The Ranger Station and Visitor Information Center is a very busy place – we have had as many as 1,200 visitors per day on a holiday weekend. A crowd like that makes it hard to give each visitor personal attention, so we hope that the information on these pages will help you pre-plan your visit, or at least help you generate a list of questions to ask.
The first thing to understand is just where the “Pisgah Forest” actually is. The information displayed on google is, and has been, inaccurate for some time! It is important to realize it is not just one place. The Pisgah National Forest is made up of three separate Ranger Districts – the Pisgah District, the Appalachian District, and the Grandfather District. This is really important when you are trying to locate individual features of the forest. The map below is a general guide to the district boundaries. With so many people using GPS mapping to find things, you must understand that placing “Pisgah National Forest” in your GPS will very likely guide you to a location near the geographical center of the three ranger districts, which is somewhere near Burnsville, North Carolina. If you are looking for Sliding Rock, which is in the Pisgah District, you will end up 60 miles from your desired location!
If you wish to go to the Pisgah Ranger District Visitors Center in the Pisgah National Forest, this is the correct address – 1600 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC, 28768. Google incorrectly states the address as Nebo, NC!
For several years, the Forest Service in North Carolina has published a periodical newspaper / magazine entitled Carolina Connections. These are valuable resources; showing many ways to enjoy all of the National Forests in all of North Carolina – not just the Pisgah. In 2012, the format of the publication was changed drastically, and in our opinion, not for the better. Instead of an informative 16-page magazine format it was reduced to a much smaller publication. Luckily, the 2011 publication remains available online. Here is a link to the 2011 Carolina Connections in .pdf format which you can download and save:
2011 Annual Carolina Connections edition.