MP 408.6, Frying Pan Mountain Trail

A moderate to strenuous 2.12 mi. round trip hike beginning at Mt. Pisgah Campground and crossing through Northern Red Oak ?orchards? where the trees are stunted by harsh weather. Groves of shrubby beaked hazelnut, hawthorn, azalea, and tall shady red spruce, make this hike a favorite among birdwatchers, especially for spring and fall warblers. The trail continues into Frying Pan Gap, named for a communal frying pan hung in a tree by mountain herders who camped there. From the Gap, a gravel road leads to a US Forest Service fire tower at the summit, which at 5,450 feet is the trail?s end.


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