Davidson River Area
The Davidson River watershed is one of the most popular area for outdoor recreation within the Pisgah National Forest. This applies to those who enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, fishing, nature study, photography, and other types of outdoor activities alike! It is the quintessential National Forest recreation area – being so close to a good highway and to town, this area is perfect for someone who loves the outdoors but also likes being close to the amenities of the modern world. But some of the Pisgah ranger district’s greatest backcountry and wilderness areas can be accessed from the area as well.
The area lies along either side of US Hwy. 276 as it climbs northwest from the town of Brevard, up the valley and high Pisgah Ridge, to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Two arms reaching southeast from the Pisgah Ridge – called Pilot Mountain and Black Mountain – form two more edges of the watershed, while the eastern end spills out into the French Broad River valley and civilization. Looking Glass Rock – as much an icon of the region as Mt. Pisgah itself – sits right in the middle of the valley.
Below is a description of what you’ll find when driving North up US Hwy 276 from Brevard to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Points of interest are shown in red; trails are shown in bold. Numbers show the distance in miles from the big stone Pisgah National Forest entrance sign.