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Mount Pisgah is at Milepost 408.6. From the Mount Pisgah parking lot you can hike up to the 5,721-foot summit of the area's namesake mountain for spectacular views of the French Broad River Valley. It's worth the 1.5-mile moderate-to-strenuous hike. A sign at the trailhead explains the origin of the name Pisgah: the Old Testament mountain from which Moses first saw the Promised Land.

Several other trails wind through the wilderness nearby. The 1-mile Buck Spring Trail leads from the Mount Pisgah parking lot to the Pisgah Inn, passing a clearing where George W. Vanderbilt's hunting lodge once stood. It was here in the early 1900s that Vanderbilt, grandson of wealthy industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt, entertained guests visiting his elegant Biltmore mansion near Asheville.

The 16.3-mile Shut-In Trail, which also begins at the Mount Pisgah parking lot, was originally the road Vanderbilt constructed to connect his estate with the hunting lodge. Frying Pan Trail begins at the picnic area lot and ascends to a fire tower 2 miles away.

Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.

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