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"Cold Mountain worth the hike"

The view from the 6,030 ft. summit of Cold Mountain is worth the 5.3 mi. one-way hike. The summit... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2018
Tony N
Supply, North Carolina
Still in its natural state

Cold Mountain, being in a National Forest, is still in pretty much the same state as it was during... read more

Reviewed May 10, 2017
Hudson, Wisconsin
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

The view from the 6,030 ft. summit of Cold Mountain is worth the 5.3 mi. one-way hike. The summit is not too easy to find. I almost missed the survey marker at the peak. Once you arrive, step out onto the ledge from between the...More

Thank Tony N
Reviewed July 1, 2018

The view was mostly blocked by trees and bushes. It is a quick stop at the top where the roads meet. Not a great stop.

Thank julio6925
Reviewed May 10, 2017

Cold Mountain, being in a National Forest, is still in pretty much the same state as it was during the U.S. Civil War. A lot of people recognize the name because of the book of the same name that was made into a movie a...More

3  Thank CaptTrouble
Reviewed March 13, 2017

My boyfriend and I took a day trip to complete this hike. Easy parking and well laid out base of the trail. The trail doesn't have heavy traffic, but is quite a strenuous hike. It was about 12 miles total, round trip. Very large gain...More

1  Thank Mclain L
Reviewed July 4, 2016

We did not actually go up Cold Mountain; however, you can get a pretty view of the mountain (and it's marked) by driving up to the top on the way to Pisgah Inn or Cradle of Forestry. Pretty view.

Thank rd0ran
Reviewed October 20, 2015

About a 5-mile hike one way from parking area at Daniel Boone Scout Camp to peak of Cold Mountain. The hike is beautiful and uncrowded. The hike is moderately tough though. A fair amount of elevation gain, narrow trail with lots of rocks and roots....More

1  Thank 95AndyC
Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

Cold Mountain is a beautiful area. We decided to go on a joy ride and ended up at Cold Mountain. Can't wait to go back when the leaves are changing!

Thank Sydmo8299
Reviewed April 30, 2013

Shining Rock wilderness is really great for a day hike, but in my experience, it can be a bit tough to get the best camping spots for backpacking on crowded weekends. I think that the spur from the Blue Ridge Parkway up over Black Balsam...More

1  Thank R T
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Park at Black Balsam parking area just of the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 420. Lots of other ways to reach Cold Mountain i.e. off NC 215 at the Daniel Boone Boy Scout camp but harder to find... or you could ford the Pigeon river...More

3  Thank HarleyDavidson71
Reviewed August 5, 2012 via mobile

We just stayed at Camp Daniel Boone Boyscout Camp on Cold Mountain and couldn't be happier. Beautiful scenery and a river for fishing. The weather was cool in the 70s and the water a chilly 60 degrees. They have a lot of high adventure things...More

1  Thank weeniedoglover
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