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Blue Ridge Parkway National Park

Map 13

Blue Ridge Parkway National Park - Map 13 copyright map by Alan Eastep

Milepost 408.6 Mount Pisgah.

Campground, picnic area, trails, inn, restaurant (May-November). Mount Pisgah was part of the 100,000-acre estate bought in the late 1800's by George W. Vanderbilt. The first forestr of managed forest in this country, became the nucleus of Pisgah National Forest.y school in America was established on the estate. A large part of the woodland, the first large tract

Mount Pisgah

In the late 1800's industrialist George Washington Vanderbilt, while building his grand Biltmore Estate in Asheville, purchased Mount Pisgah and thousands of surrounding acres for a private hunting retreat for family and friends. The nearby 16-mile Shut-In Trail (a National Recreation Trail) is part of a longer route that Vanderbilt originally created for his hunting parties.

Today the area adjoining the Parkway is part of the Pisgah National Forest and is still playing host to nature enthusiasts. Mount Pisgah has the distinction of having by far the highest elevation of any developed area along the Parkway. Be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions. Campground, picnic area, an extensive trail system, and close by to the US Forest Service's Cradle of Forestry.

Pisgah Inn, at almost 5,000 feet elevation, offers views and solitude like no other place on the Parkway. Click here for more information or for reservations.

Milepost 417 Looking Glass Rock

So named because it reflects light brilliantly when water and ice are on the rock's granite face.

Milepost 418.8 Graveyard Fields Overlook

Loop trail of moderate difficulty, 2.3 miles, to Yellowstone Falls.

Milepost 422.4 Devil's Courthouse Parking Area

Strenuous 1/2 mile hike to "Courthouse" for 360 degree view. Sensitive habitat area. Please stay on trail.

Milepost 431.4 Richland Balsam Overlook

Highest point on Blue Ridge Parkway motor road. Alt. 6,047

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