Visitor Center

The Pisgah Visitor Center

1600 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Open Thursday through Monday
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Have you been here?

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

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. 


From Asheville, NC, keep right at the fork to continue on I-26 E, Take exit 40 for North Carolina 280/Asheville Reg’l Arpt toward Arden. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for WNC Agriculture Ctr/Airport and merge onto NC-280 W/Airport Rd/New Arpt Rd. Continue to follow NC-280 W. Pass by Taco Bell (on the right in 15.9 mi). Turn right onto US-276 N.

FIND Your Next Adventure

  • Trail/Camping Information
  • Gift Shop
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Picnic Areas
  • Restrooms

Educational Activities

Jr. Ranger Program

The Jr. Ranger program at FIND Outdoors introduces visitors to the seven Leave No Trace principles in a fun and easy to understand way. Each FREE booklet provides games, things to talk about around a campfire, and different “Ranger Missions” to explore each of the Leave No Trace principles.  

Ask about becoming a Jr. Ranger the next time you visit a FIND Outdoors site!

Find Outdoors Tours

FIND Outdoors Tours & Field Trips

Education is integral to FIND Outdoors mission, we offer educational programs, field trips and tours at all of the visitor centers and campgrounds we manage. Whether you use our self-guided Junior Ranger booklet to become a Leave No Trace advocate or visit with a school field trip, we love seeing children, adults and families explore, learn about and enjoy their public lands.

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Get your Visitor Center Passport!

Pick up a complimentary FIND Outdoors Visitor Center Passport at any of our managed visitor centers — Anna Ruby Falls, Brasstown Bald, Cradle of Forestry, Gladie Visitor Center and Pisgah Visitor Center. Then stop by all five to collect your passport stamps.

When you’ve got all five stamps, email to receive a prize!

Additional Information

Text Alerts

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

Can I camp at the Pisgah Forest?
  • 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
Please, be sure to #RecreateResponsibly so that your public lands can be enjoyed for generations to come!

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