Pisgah District

The Pisgah District is the southernmost district of the parkway, running from the Museum of North Carolina Minerals at mile post 331 to Great Smoky Mountains National Park at mile post 469.

Mile Post 350.5: Green Knob Overlook - Overlook into the Catawba River Valley.  This is also the upper trailhead for Snooks Nose Trail (#211) that leads steeply down into the Curtis Creek area of Pisgah National Forest.  See my Curtis Creek page for more information on this strenuous trail.

Mile Post 396.4: View Walnut Cove - Overlook into Walnut Cove, where an abundance of black walnut trees grow.

Mile Post 399.7: Bad Fork Valley Overlook

Mile Post 404.5: Mills River Valley Overlook - Overlook of the Mills River Valley, named for William Mills, an early settler from the late 1700s.

Mile Post 411.0: The Cradle of Forestry Overlook - Overlooks the Cradle of Forestry, where the first school of forestry operated from 1898 to 1913.

Mile Post 413.2: Pounding Mill Overlook - View above Pounding Mill Branch and Looking Glass Rock.  Pounding Mill Branch is named for the hammer type mills used to grind corn that were common on the creek.

Mile Post 418.3: East Fork Overlook - An overlook with views of East Fork, the headwaters of the Pigeon River.

Mile Post 418.8: Graveyard Fields Overlook - Overlook with views of Graveyard Fields, a high elevation open area caused by a devastating fire.  The trailhead for Graveyard Fields Loop Trail is here.  This is one of the best areas to view early fall foliage at high elevations.


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