Pisgah Region / Blue Ridge Mountains
The Pisgah Region extends on both sides of the Blue Ridge Parkway, starting at Milepost 340 close to Crabtree Falls and ending at Milepost 469 by Cherokee NC. To the north, the Pisgah Region borders the Highlands Region and to the south the Great Smokies Region.
The Pisgah Region is not only known for its beautiful waterfalls and spectacular mountain views, it is perhaps best known for Asheville with its many restaurants, vibrant arts scene and famous Biltmore Estate, the expansive châteauesque private residence of George Vanderbilt (1862-1914), who was the son of railroad tycoon William Henry Vanderbilt.
For Biltmore Estate to be built, George Vanderbilt purchased vast amounts of farms, woodland and forested mountains, in total around 125,000 acres, which also included Mount Pisgah. After George Vanderbilt’s death in 1914, his wife Edith Vanderbilt completed the sale of around 87,000 acres from Biltmore Estate to the U.S. Forest Service, who with this land created the Pisgah National Forest in 1916, which gave the region its name.
With the addition of adjacent forests, the Pisgah National Forest today covers nearly 513,000 acres.