Journey toward happiness

May 5, 2009

Pisgah National Forest

Filed under: environment, Fun, North Carolina — Tara @ 1:33 pm

A few weekends ago, NC Man, Zeke and I went camping in Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina.  The forest covers 510,119 acres of mountainous land in the Appalachian Mountain Range. Established in 1916, Pisgah was one of the first national forests in the eastern United States.

American forestry has roots in what is now the Pisgah National Forest. The Cradle of Forestry, (Biltmore Forest School), located in the southern part of the forest, was the site of the first school of forestry in the United States. It operated during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The school was opened and operated at the direction of George Washington Vanderbilt II, builder of the Biltmore Estatein Asheville. The Cradle of Forestry and the Biltmore Estate played a major role in the birth of the U.S. Forest Service. Today these lands are part of the Pisgah National Forest.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisgah_National_Forest)

Looking Glass Waterfall

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Looking Glass Rock

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Creek where we camped

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Pisgah is full of recreational opportunities; backpacking, camping, climbing, fishing, horseback riding, waterfall tours, and more.  If you get the chance to visit, please respect the forest. Carry out your litter and keep the forest beautiful.

Tara

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