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Pisgah National Forest – Land of Mile High Peaks

Western North Carolina protected forestNamed after the 5,000 foot High Mountain at the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forests is known for the tremendous mountain bikes trails in North Carolina and hikes near Asheville NC. The national forest covers about 500,000 acres of land, with hardwood bushes, hundreds of miles of trails, waterfalls and white water Rivers offering ideal destinations for North Carolina trout fishing. The forest covers a vast area of the central western and North Mountains of North Carolina.

Other than being a national heritage, the forest remains iconic in the fact that it provides the first portion of land bought under the Week’s Act, which led to the establishment of the National Forests in the Eastern part of the US. The forest offers magnificent sceneries and myriad of recreational opportunities hard to find elsewhere.


With the vast forest neighboring the French Broad River valley and city of Asheville, it’s divided into three ranger districts namely; the Pisgah district, Grandfather District, and the Appalachian District. Each district offers distinct hiking experience thanks to hundreds of trails and waterfalls.

The Pisgah District:

The area stretches between the towns of Waynesville, Asheville, and Brevard, with Mt Pisgah occupying the largest part. The area is synonymous with gorgeous waterfalls, sliding rocks, cradle of forestry and camping sites. Other features include the shining stone, bent creek, and the Middle Prong wilderness among others.

The Appalachian Ranger District:

The district extends to the north of North Carolina and Tennessee Border, next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The horseback riders understand the stunning terrains of Harmon Den mecca while visitors enjoy the exquisite panoramic views of the Max Patch Mountain. If you enjoy North Carolina trout fishing, the French Broad River is the ideal destination for trout and fly fishing.

The Grandfather District:

Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the area features a rugged terrain perfect for hikes near Asheville NC. The Wilson Creek is a frequent destination for kayakers and fishing enthusiasts. Some of the most magnificent falls include the Catawba Falls, Linville Falls, Roaring Fork Falls, Upper Creek Falls and the Tom’s Creek Falls. For the first time visitors, Wilson Creek trail map makes it easy to move down the trails.


When it comes to recreation, the Pisgah National Forest is hard to exhaust. From fly-fishing, hiking, kayaking and horseback riding, mountain biking, visitors are sure of unique ways to experience nature at its best. Whether you are new, or experienced, the area offers varying hiking areas that suit different levels of participants. Talking of the trails, mountain bike trails in North Carolina works best for the bikers wishing to experience a blend of rugged and smooth terrains.

While you might be thrilled by the natural adventures, it’s not all that the heritage has to offer. Photography provides an excellent way to capture memories and preserve the sight of the natural wonders. With numerous events going down every weekend, you can join the locals for the music concerts and comedies. You may spend a night at the primitive or full-service camps available.


The Coves Mountain River Club offers a natural blend of mountains, waterfalls and natural forests that give a stunning view and tranquil living environment at the 3,200 acre gated community. And with the club situated about five miles away from the Wilson Creek, you can kayak within the community on the crystal clear Johns River or find fast moving water and rapids at Wilson Creek.

Amenities at The Coves includes 39 miles of hiking and horse trails, four cascading waterfalls, four parks and two community gardens. The icing on the cake is our Pisgah Mountain Lodge at the community’s summit with an infinity-view swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and beautiful entertainment area with stellar views of Table Rock Mountain. All this and our HOA fees are low at less than $1,000 a year.

With the weather warming, it’s great time to trout fish, kayak, mountain bike, and picnic along the river. Come take a look at almost 100 homes built to date within The Coves. Homesites are available along the Johns River, at the mountain’s summit, private wooded estates or equestrian land parcels. Homesites begin at $39,900. Check out over a dozen builder floor plans to fit your family’s active lifestyle. Here’s a few homebuilding tips to make your experience more pleasant.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 70 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which will provide more information about the foothills.

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The Coves Mountain River Club magazine