Top Adventures in Canton

  • Camp at Mt. Pisgah

    The Mt. Pisgah campground is nestled right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Canton, NC.  Since it is at an elevation of 4,980 feet the campground is a perfect destination to beat the heat and humidity that the region can be known for in the summ...

  • Climb Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

    This is an extremely easy trail with a minimal incline. The tower, built in 1941, standing 70 feet above the summit, can be nerve wracking, even for those who aren't scared of heights.  However, most feel it's worth the view. Expect to see fellow ...

    1.5 miles

  • Explore the Treasures of Shining Rock

    There are several ways to access the Shining Rock Wilderness Area, but go for the main trail head off of Hwy 276. The trail is split by the Pigeon River, providing a seemingly infinite combinations of trails and routes, keeping in mind that this a...

  • Hike Big East Fork Shining Rock Loop

    We began this trip by camping overnight in Graveyard Fields. Those camp sites are .5 miles from the car, so we kept our food there over night. Bear activity has increased, so it's strongly advised to bring a bear canister and be wise about food st...

    14 miles

  • Hiking and Fishing the Big East Fork Trail

    Park at the big east fork and fish your way up through wild fish country and scenic waterfalls. The Shining Rock Wilderness has a plethora of places to fish and hike for the day, with amazing views all around. The East Fork of the Pigeon River is ...

  • Mountain Biking Bent Creek

    Bent Creek is my favorite Mountain Biking spot in the Southeast, and epitomizes the fun and beauty to be found biking in the North Carolina mountains. Riding is open year round, but spring and fall are ideal when temperatures are still cool and ...

  • Photograph Sunburst Falls

    This waterfall is right off the side of the road on NC 215. NC 215 is straight off of the blue ridge parkway and is just north of Brevard. The waterfall has to main parts one that is above the road and one that is below. The part below the road is...

  • Hike and Camp the Sam Knob Loop

    This is one of my favorite quick "getaway" loops in the Pisgah Ranger District. Turn onto Black Balsam Knob Road (Mile Marker 420 on the Blue Ridge Parkway) go until you reach a dead end and park at the parking lot. You'll see the Sam Knob trail t...

    3.2 miles

  • Hike to Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail

    The parking area for Black Balsam Knob is at mile marker 420.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's free to hike here.Take the Art Loeb Trail a half mile until you reach the knob. Along the way you will be walking almost entirely on the bald which is a...

    1 miles 400 ft gain

  • Hike Tennent Mountain

    Park at the Lot at the end of Black Balsam road, and start your morning in the dark, down the old dirt road at the end of the lot. Take this road until you get to Ivestor Gap and make a right onto the Art Loeb, try and time it so the sun is just a...

    4 miles 900 ft gain

  • Hike to Skinny Dip Falls

    Park at the Looking Glass Rock Overlook. After enjoying the view of Looking Glass Rock, gear up and head to the right side of the parking area (right side if your back is to the overlook). On the opposite side of the road you'll see a mile marker ...

    2 miles 400 ft gain

  • Backpack Graveyard Fields-Black Balsam Knob Circuit

    When the weather is in your favor, these treeless mountain tops will have your jaw on the floor with layers upon layers of Blue Ridge Mountains. This hike can be done in one day, but with panoramic views at multiple points, you'll want to take you...

    10.75 miles 1879 ft gain

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