We got on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail at the Pisgah Inn and then hiked all the way to the Buck Spring Parking Area. From there, we made our way to the Mt. Pisgah trail to start our 1.5 mile, 700 ft. ascent to the observation deck, where we had 360 degree views. Cold Mountain, of book and movie fame, can easily be seen. In one image below, you can easily spot it just over Dara's left shoulder. In all, we hiked 5 miles. For a bit of history of the region - back to the Cherokees and later the Vanderbilts - click here.
Photos are the property of fellow hikers, Page and Dara.