The two portions of Pisgah National Forest cover 504,787 acres of the Appalachians in western North Carolina. Two main mountain chains and several lesser ranges encompassed by the forest have twenty 6,000-foot peaks, including 6,684-foot Mount Mitchell, highest summit east of the Mississippi River. Mount Mitchell is in a 1,946-acre state park surrounded by the forest, adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Part of the Appalachian Trail winds along the northwestern boundary. US 276, which runs for 37 miles between Brevard and Waynesville, is part of the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway and offers access to various points of interest.
District rangers are stationed at Mars Hill, Nebo and Pisgah Forest. Pisgah headquarters is open Mon.-Sat. 9-5, mid-Apr. to early Nov.; Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30, rest of year. Information can be obtained at these stations or from the Visitor Information Center at the Forest Supervisor's Office, 160 Zillicoa St., Suite A, Asheville, NC 28801; phone (828) 257-4200.
Other points of interest within the forest are listed under Asheville, Brevard, Hot Springs, Linville and Waynesville.
Roads and trails traverse the forest, which contains at least 20 massive peaks, a waterfall and an immense granite monolith.