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Pisgah-Forest is a small town located in the mountains of western North Carolina, about thirty miles from the city of Asheville, and within the Pisgah National Forest. Along with the Nantahala National Forest, the Pisgah makes up a significant portion of the western part of the state. The Pisgah National Forest covers over half a million acres surrounding Mt. Pisgah. The mountain dominates the Pisgah Ledge, which parallels the French Broad River, west of the Biltmore Estate. Originally, part of the area that now makes up the National Forest belonged to George Vanderbilt, grandson of the railroad baron, Cornelius Vanderbilt. The land was sold after Vanderbilts death in 1914 to the U.S. Government and it became one of the first tracts of the Pisgah National Forest. Surrounded by beautiful, rugged scenery, visitors enjoy outstanding recreational opportunities such as hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, swimming, kayaking, rock climbing and car-touring. The area is filled with waterfalls and wildlife, and the mild climate makes most areas of the National Forest accessible year-round. Highlights of the region include the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, Mt. Mitchell (the highest point in eastern America,) the Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness Areas. The Cradle of Forestry, which is a 6,500-acre historic site that commemorates the beginning of forestry conservation in the U.S., is also located in the Pisgah Forest. Special programs and events are held at the Cradle of Forestry throughout the year, and two guided trails lead you to seven historic buildings, a 1915 logging locomotive and an old sawmill.

Surrounding areas: Brevard, North Carolina (2.4 mi), Black Mountain, North Carolina (5.4 mi), Cedar Mountain, North Carolina (8.3 mi), Cruso, North Carolina (12.9 mi), Hendersonville, North Carolina (14.2 mi), Lake Toxaway, North Carolina (15.7 mi), Saluda, North Carolina (19.8 mi)

Pisgah Forest Vacation Rentals

Pisgah Forest Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hampton Inn Brevard800 Frst Gate CtrPisgah Forest, NC (828) 883-4800
Holiday Inn Express1570 Asheville HwyBrevard, NC1.2 mi.(Inv) ali-dInp
Brevard Motor Lodge750 N Caldwell StBrevard, NC2.0 mi.(828) 884-3456
Imperial Motor LodgeHwy 64 & 276 NBrevard, NC2.4 mi.(828) 884-2887
Comfort Inn206 Mitchelle DrHendersonville, NC14.2 mi.(800) 882-3843
Days Inn - Hendersonville102 Mitchell DrHendersonville, NC15.6 mi.(828) 697-5999
Days Inn Airport183 Underwood RdFletcher, NC15.9 mi.(800) 329-7466
Econo Lodge Airport196 Underwood RdFletcher, NC16.0 mi.(704) 684-1200
Comfort Inn-airport15 Rockwood RdArden, NC16.1 mi.(828) 687-9199
Hampton Inn & Suites18 Rockwood RdFletcher, NC16.1 mi.(828) 687-0806
Holiday Inn Airport550 Airport RdFletcher, NC16.3 mi.(704) 684-1213
Quality Inn & Suites201 Sugarloaf RdHendersonville, NC16.4 mi.(828) 697-4399
Hampton Inn Hendersonville155 Sugarloaf RdHendersonville, NC16.5 mi.(828) 697-2333
Ramada Limited150 Sugarloaf RdHendersonville, NC16.5 mi.(828) 697-0006
Sun Valley Motel2507 Hendersonville RdArden, NC17.7 mi.(828) 684-6944
Quality Inn & Suites1 Skyline Inn DrArden, NC17.9 mi.(828) 684-6688
Comfort Suites Biltmore Square Mall890 Brevard RdAsheville, NC19.6 mi.(704) 665-4000
Hampton Inn & Suites-Cashiers/Sapphire Valley3245 Hwy 64 ESapphire, NC19.9 mi.(828) 743-4545
Sapphire Valley70 Sapphire Valley RdSapphire, NC19.9 mi.(828) 743-3441
Woodlands Inn Of Sapphire1305 US Hwy 64 WSapphire, NC19.9 mi.(704) 966-4709
Super 8 Biltmore9 Wedgefield DrAsheville, NC20.0 mi.(828) 670-8800
Days Inn West2551 Smokey Park HwyCandler, NC20.0 mi.(828) 667-9321
Fairfield Inn & Suites11 Rocky Ridge RdAsheville, NC20.1 mi.(828) 665-4242
Hampton Inn1 Rocky Ridge RdAsheville, NC20.1 mi.(828) 667-2022
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1 Wedgefield DrAsheville, NC20.1 mi.(828) 665-6519
Marriott Execustay/Turtle Creek99 Turtle Creek DrAsheville, NC20.2 mi.(800) 789-7829
Comfort Inn Of CantonI-40 At Exit 31 Champion DrCanton, NC20.8 mi.(828) 648-4881
Econo Lodge Canton55 Buckeye CV RdCanton, NC20.8 mi.(828) 648-0300
Ramada Plaza Hotel-west435 Smokey Park HwyAsheville, NC21.2 mi.(704) 665-2161
Red Roof Inn #14616 Crowell RdAsheville, NC21.5 mi.(704) 667-9803
Best Western Biltmore W275 Smokey Park HwyAsheville, NC21.6 mi.(828) 667-4501
Comfort Inn West15 Crowell RdAsheville, NC21.6 mi.(828) 665-6500
Super8 West8 Crowell RdAsheville, NC21.6 mi.(828) 667-8706
Sleep Inn1918 Old Haywood RdAsheville, NC21.7 mi.(828) 670-7600
Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn130 Shiloh TrlWaynesville, NC22.9 mi.(828) 456-4402
Grandview Londge809 Valleyview Cir RdWaynesville, NC22.9 mi.(828) 456-5212
Baymont Inn-asheville204 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC23.1 mi.(828) 274-2022
Holiday Inn Express234 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC23.1 mi.(828) 274-0101
Howard Johnson Biltmore190 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC23.1 mi.(828) 274-2300
Doubletree Hotel Biltmore115 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC23.2 mi.(828) 274-1800
Bed & Breakfast
Woodfield Inn2905 Greenville HwyFlat Rock, NC14.8 mi.(828) 693-6016

Pisgah Forest Weather & Climate

The Southwestern Mountains of North Carolina ranges from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet in elevation and the topography definitely affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops than in the valleys below. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Snow may fall in March, but by May, things warm up with daytime highs in the 80s. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations, with frequent afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Winter is generally moderate, but more extreme conditions can occur at the mountain peaks. Large snow amounts and severe low temperatures are rare away from the highest peaks. Ski resorts usually rely on snowmaking equipment to ensure a good base. In general, the climate is not extreme, and supports year round activities.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 23°F 6.26 in. -
February 51°F 25°F 5.34 in. -
March 59°F 31°F 6.54 in. -
April 68°F 38°F 4.59 in. -
May 74°F 47°F 5.83 in. -
June 80°F 55°F 5.15 in. -
July 84°F 59°F 5.31 in. -
August 82°F 58°F 5.53 in. -
September 77°F 52°F 5.08 in. -
October 69°F 40°F 4.53 in. -
November 60°F 31°F 5.47 in. -
December 51°F 25°F 5.21 in. -

Pisgah Forest Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 15 miles northeast of Pisgah Forest in Asheville, North Carolina, the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located approximately 36 miles southeast of Pisgah Forest in Greer, South Carolina, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located roughly 38 miles south of Pisgah Forest in Greenville, South Carolina, and finally the Shelby Municipal airport (EHO) located around 62 miles east of Pisgah Forest in Shelby, North Carolina.

Pisgah Forest Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC28.9 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC37.8 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC37.8 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN60.6 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN60.6 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN64.4 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC102.8 mi.
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA106.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Connestee Falls Golf CourseBrevardNC1.8 mi.
Glen Cannon Country ClubBrevardNC1.8 mi.
Sherwood Forest Golf ClubBrevardNC1.8 mi.
Crooked Creek Golf ClubHendersonvilleNC14.2 mi.
Cummings Cove Golf & Country ClubHendersonvilleNC14.2 mi.
Orchard Trace Golf ClubHendersonvilleNC14.2 mi.
Broadmoor Golf LinksFletcherNC16.6 mi.
High Vista Country ClubArdenNC17.8 mi.
Brookwood Golf ClubArdenNC19.7 mi.
Lake Junaluska Golf CourseWaynesvilleNC22.2 mi.
Laurel Ridge Country ClubWaynesvilleNC22.2 mi.
Buncombe County Municipal Golf CourseAshevilleNC23.9 mi.
Trillium Links & Lake ClubCashiersNC24.6 mi.
Pickens Country ClubPickensSC25.9 mi.
Mountain Brook Golf ClubAlbemarleNC26.2 mi.
Willow Springs Country ClubWilsonNC28.1 mi.
Hillandale Golf CourseGreenvilleSC29.1 mi.
Wedgefield Plantation Golf CourseGeorgetownSC29.1 mi.
Ski Areas
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC28.9 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC38.6 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC40.4 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC78.1 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC78.1 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC79.1 mi.
State Parks
Caesars Head State ParkSC11.8 mi. 
Table Rock State ParkSC15.5 mi. 
Pleasant Ridge State ParkSC16.8 mi. 
Keowee Toxaway State ParkSC25.2 mi. 
Paris Mountain State ParkSC27.9 mi. 
Oconee State ParkSC35.4 mi. 
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC25.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Bob Jones University Museum & GalleryGreenvilleSC32.7 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC25.3 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC32.7 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN84.2 mi.

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