Our mountains are stunning, especially in their vastness. The trails that weave in and out of those dense forests can seem a knotted mass, which is why The Pisgah Field School is such a great local resource.
Through tours, guided hikes and workshops in the Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest and Brevard, the Field School helps locals and tourists alike attune themselves to the land. The best part? The profits from those tours and hikes cycle back into free education programming and hikes for our underserved communities.
Adam DeWitte, Director of Education at The Pisgah Field School, picked out some of his favorite hikes to fill your summertime outdoors queue, best enjoyed with one of the Field School’s knowledgeable guides (just make sure to pre-register at pisgahfieldschool.org).
- Big Rock Trail in DuPont State Forest – Take a hike atop a “high elevation granitic dome” deep within DuPont State Forest and experience the beauty of a unique eco-system normally found along the coastal plain!
- Rooster Tail Falls – This hidden gem boasts two separate water features and its very own “natural viewing rock” that puts you in the middle of the action. It’s a popular swim spot for river otters as well as PFS participants.
- Bridal Veil Falls – One of DuPont’s most beautiful attractions and pop culture icons (you’ll remember it from Last of the Mohicans), this waterfall allows you to scramble behind and get a view of nature that you’ll never forget.
- No Name Falls – Another hidden waterfall in Pisgah, this as-yet-to-be-named beauty is surrounded by emerald moss, the meandering Looking Glass Creek, and scenery that you’ll swear is from a book. It’s also one of the best falls to get your feet wet.
- The Pisgah Arch – The arch was built in the 20’s to inspire and welcome visitors to Pisgah National Forest. The remaining pillars are still here, and rumor has it that the eagle atop the arch is hiding and waiting to be rediscovered.