Cold Mountain, Pisgah Forest

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Cold Mountain falls in the mountain region of western North Carolina, United States. The mountain is one of the Great Balsam Mountains which are a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains within the Appalachian Mountains. Cold Mountain and the Shining Rock Wilderness surrounding it are part of Pisgah National Forest.
Cold Mountain is about 15mi southeast of Waynesville and 35mi south of Asheville. It rises to above sea level and is the 40th tallest mountain in the eastern United States. The peak is accessible only via an extremely strenuous branch of the Art Loeb Trail with a 10.6mi round trip and an elevation change of 2800ft.
The vast majority of Cold Mountain falls within federal lands of the Shining Rock Wilderness of the Pisgah National Forest. However. portions of the mountain, including approximately 800acres of northwestern Cold Mountain in Panther Branch, are privately owned. There are about 15 residences on the northwest side of mountain and maintenance of access roads is funded by property owners.
In 2016 the Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy purchased the 162acres Dix Creek tract from private owners. The land was transferred to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in late October 2016 and will increase the adjoining Cold Mountain Game Lands to 3500acres in 2017.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »

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