Hiking in national forests is easy and loosely regulated. Hikers can find a trail on this page, gear up, and drive to the appropriate parking spot.
For hikers wanting more information, there are three main ranger districts to research: Appalachian, Grandfather, and Pisgah. It's a huge forest, so there is a lot to learn about the various entry points and regions. With more knowledge, hikers can choose a region, a trail, and develop their own ideas for an ideal route. There are over 1600 miles of trails in the Forest, allowing hikers easy access. Just park and go!
Pisgah is most popular in April/May, and October/November, when the weather is more temperate. As with many National Forests, Pisgah isn't particularly crowded, allowing hikers to enjoy the forest anytime they like.
Permits are not required for hiking or backpacking in Pisgah National Forest.
Dogs are allowed in Pisgah with few restrictions (typical of National Forestland).