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The Pisgah Visitor Center

1600 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Hours of Operation:

Open 5 days per week 
Thursday through Monday

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

(828) 877-3265


Trail/Camping Information
Gift Shop
Exhibit Hall
Andy Cove Nature Trail (Family Friendly)
Swinging Bridge
Picnic Areas
Access to Davidson River

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The Pisgah Visitor Center, operated in partnership with the US Forest Service, is your gateway to information, camping and adventures within Pisgah!


Now offering text alerts for the Pisgah District. Text PISGAH to 855.912.1093 for updates, closures and operational changes. 

Hours of Operation:

Open 5 days per week 
Thursday through Monday

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday weekly
and December 24th through 28th

Open: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Make sure to pick up your “Visitor Center Passport” and get your stamp!
– Collect all six stamps: Northwest Trading Post, Pisgah Visitor Center, The Cradle, Anna Ruby Falls, Brasstown Bald, and Gladie
– Pick up a passport at any visitor center. Get all six and receive a special surprise! Email once you complete your adventure.

The Pisgah Visitor Center, housed within the Pisgah Ranger Station along Highway 276, is both the entrance to Pisgah National Forest, and the first stop along this beautiful stretch of “Scenic Byway.” It is the gateway to over 500,000 acres of recreational opportunities and has everything you’ll need for a successful trip to the NC mountains. 

Operated for the first time by a nonprofit partner, FIND Outdoors is proud to have received a contract for full management of the Visitor Center in full coordination with the US Forest Service (USFS). The Visitor Center welcomes over 120,000 visitors each year from all over the world and is the perfect base of operations to begin your adventure. 

While getting “out there” and getting your hands dirty, make sure to do your part to recreate responsibly. Take a minute to visit our FIND forest friends and learn how!

Looking for a great hike?

Pink Beds Loop (Family Friendly)
Looking Glass Rock Trail
Moore Cove Falls (Family Friendly)
Cat Gap Loop
Daniel Ridge Trail
Graveyard Fields Trail & Falls (Family Friendly)
Art Loeb Trail Guide

3 Legal Ways to Camp:

Designated Campgrounds – Davidson River, North Mills River, Lake Powhatan, Sunburst (first come/first served), Wolf Ford Horse Camp (Reservation only), cove Creek Group Camp, Wash Creek Group Horse Camp, and Kykundall Group Camp.  Visit Recreation.Gov or call 1-877-444-6777 to make a reservation.

Backcountry Dispersed Camping – 1000 feet from roads and trailheads.  do not block roads or gates when parking vehicles.  Practice Leave No Trace Principles.  Pack it in, pack it out!

Designated Roadside Campsites – Camp at only designated sites marked with a brown tent sign and campsite number (AC-1 = Avery Creek Site 1).  See Roadside Camping Map & Rules for locations and information.

Other Things To Do:

Visit the Cradle of Forestry
Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway
Cool off at nearby Sliding Rock


Programs and Events at The Pisgah Visitor Center

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