Mount Pisgah (5721 ft), for which the Pisgah National Forest is named, was our hike for today.
The name “Pisgah” comes from the Bible. It was atop Mount Pisgah that God revealed to “Promised Land” to Moses. This is not that Mount Pisgah. There seems to be some controversy on how this mountain got its name. However, both stories credit the naming of the mountain to ministers who looked out over the rich land surrounding the mountain and were reminded of the Moses story of the Promised Land.
Our hiking friend, Sharon, had recommended a hiking guidebook, Hiking the Carolina Mountains, by Danny Bernstein. This was the first hike we have done which was described in that book. Danny’s route was up the Mount Pisgah Trail to the WLOS TV tower on the summit and back for a 2.6 mile round-trip hike.
The Mount Pisgah Trail begins at the “back” of the very large Mount Pisgah Parking Area just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are three trailheads at this parking lot--Mount Pisgah Trail, Mountains to the Sea Trail, and the Shut-In Trail.
|View of Pisgah Inn from Mt Pisgah Trail|
|View from the summit|
|View from the site of the hunting lodge|
|View from the hunting lodge on a clearer day|
|Stairs leading to the springhouse|
After looking around there we continued westward on the Mountains to the Sea Trail to Pilot Rock Trail which led to the summit of Little Bald Mountain. This once bald knob is mostly filled in with small trees and shrubs.
Thunder reminds us of pressing business so we hurry back to the car. We missed the rain only by minutes. We were back at the motor home for lunch and a quiet afternoon reading.
That’s all for today. Thanks for tagging along.