Pisgah Drive and Look – for the ATC Biennial

ATC Excursion - Looking Glass Falls

Another excursion for the Appalachian Trail Biennial 2013. I took two Australian friends, Barrie and Joy, on a Pisgah District drive and short walk to test out a Pisgah excursion.

ATC Excursion - Pisgah drive and look We visited several Pisgah “top of the pops”.

First we went to Looking Glass Falls, an icon of Western North Carolina on US 276 in Pisgah Forest. See the picture above. ATC Excursion - Sliding RockThen further north to Sliding Rock – no one was sliding in the water since it was about 50 degrees but in the summer, there are lines of people queueing up to slide down into the pool.

The Cradle of Forestry was still closed for the season but we walked around the first school of Forestry in the country. Carl Schenck’s original buildings have been preserved in a one-mile walk on a paved trail. Hopefully, walking a mile will still be counted as an excursion.

We reached the Blue Ridge Parkway and turned east to the Pisgah Inn. We ate lunch there which won’t be part of the excursion, but maybe it should be. Then on the MST to Buck Spring Lodge, George Vanderbilt’s hunting lodge. We found the root cellar and the spring house. The Aussie couple is sitting on a bench on the Lodge property. I didn’t suggest that they hike up Mt. Pisgah.

ATC Excursion- Looking Glass RockWe drove back south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to a view of Looking Glass Rock, another Western North Carolina icon.

All this while, Barrie was photographing flowers and views. He’s going to have a hard time figuring out where he was and which view he’s looking at.

So here’s the question – would this make a good ATC Biennial excursion?




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