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Address: Pisgah Forest, NC

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My boyfriend and I took a day trip to complete this hike. Easy parking and well laid out base of the trail. The trail doesn't have heavy traffic, but is quite a strenuous hike. It... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Mclain L
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

My boyfriend and I took a day trip to complete this hike. Easy parking and well laid out base of the trail. The trail doesn't have heavy traffic, but is quite a strenuous hike. It was about 12 miles total, round trip. Very large gain of elevation through the hike, a few water crossings (you can get across without getting... More 

Thank Mclain L
Lexington, South Carolina
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Reviewed 4 July 2016

We did not actually go up Cold Mountain; however, you can get a pretty view of the mountain (and it's marked) by driving up to the top on the way to Pisgah Inn or Cradle of Forestry. Pretty view.

Thank rd0ran
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 21 October 2015

About a 5-mile hike one way from parking area at Daniel Boone Scout Camp to peak of Cold Mountain. The hike is beautiful and uncrowded. The hike is moderately tough though. A fair amount of elevation gain, narrow trail with lots of rocks and roots. When covered with fall leaves it makes for the need to be careful with footing.... More 

Thank Andy C
Jonesborough, Tennessee
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Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

Cold Mountain is a beautiful area. We decided to go on a joy ride and ended up at Cold Mountain. Can't wait to go back when the leaves are changing!

Thank Sydmo8299
Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

Shining Rock wilderness is really great for a day hike, but in my experience, it can be a bit tough to get the best camping spots for backpacking on crowded weekends. I think that the spur from the Blue Ridge Parkway up over Black Balsam Knob makes a great day hike with unparalleled exposed views. My favorite in the region.

1 Thank R T
Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

Park at Black Balsam parking area just of the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 420. Lots of other ways to reach Cold Mountain i.e. off NC 215 at the Daniel Boone Boy Scout camp but harder to find... or you could ford the Pigeon river and bushwhack up the mountain. Been there done that but not for the faint-hearted or... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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Reviewed 6 August 2012 via mobile

We just stayed at Camp Daniel Boone Boyscout Camp on Cold Mountain and couldn't be happier. Beautiful scenery and a river for fishing. The weather was cool in the 70s and the water a chilly 60 degrees. They have a lot of high adventure things to do in the National Forest. Pack your lunch because there are no stores or... More 

1 Thank weeniedoglover
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

Cold Mountain has gained attention from the book & movie. When you've lived in Western NC, as I have, and traveled along the parkway ... you realize that it is one of many nice peaks. Personally, I think the view from Mt. Pisgah IS much better -- Mt. Mitchell, too!

3 Thank Julia T
Salem, South Carolina
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

Amazing view and beautful spot for pictures! MUST see! You won't regret it!

Thank Casseroo

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