I survived the hike to the summit of the famous Cold Mountain! The geological survey marks the spot.
See the 180-degree view from the Cold Mountain summit.
If you have questions about camping along the hike, contact the Pisgah Ranger District office at 828-877-3265.
DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD
To reach the trailhead to the Cold Mountain summit, drive through the Scout Camp. It begins on the left, just past the last building.
Directions from Asheville via I-40: (Approximately 35 miles) Take I-40 West to exit 33. Turn left on Newfound Road toward Canton. Go 1.6 miles, turn left at the stoplight in front of the big paper plant. Go a short distance and turn right on Church Street. Follow 19/23 south through downtown and turn left onto NC Highway 110. Go 5.3 miles, and Highway 110 will turn into NC Highway 215. Continue for 5 miles. Turn left onto Little East Fork Road. Go 3.8 miles to the Scout Camp.
Directions from Asheville via the Blue Ridge Parkway: (Approximately 53 miles) At Milepost 423.2, take NC Highway 215 and go 13 miles north. Turn right onto Little East Fork Road. Go 3.8 miles to the Scout Camp. On the way, you can stop at a roadside waterfall on the Pigeon River West Fork about four miles from the Parkway.
OTHER HIKES WITH VIEWS OF COLD MOUNTAIN
For the best views of Cold Mountain from other nearby peaks, hike to the top of Mt. Pisgah or Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower.