Mount Pisgah (North Carolina)
Mount Pisgah summit
|Elevation||5,721 ft (1,744 m)|
|Location||Buncombe / Haywood counties, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Topo map||USGS Cruso|
Mount Pisgah is a mountain in the Appalachian Mountain Range and part of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, United States. The mountain's height is 5,721 feet (1,744 m) and it sits approximately 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of Asheville near the crossing of the boundaries of Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Transylvania counties. It is located on the border of Buncombe and Haywood counties, close to the point where Henderson and Transylvania meet them, but not actually within the latter two counties. The mountain is easily accessible via a hiking trail from Blue Ridge Parkway.
Broadcasting controversy 
The prominent tower in the picture at the crest of Mount Pisgah on what is known as Pisgah Ledge, is a 339-foot-tall (103 m) television broadcast tower owned by Chesapeake Television, Incorporated, doing business as the Sinclair Broadcast Group, licensee of WLOS-TV, PSIP Channel 13, in nearby Asheville, North Carolina. It is the highest television antenna east of the Mississippi River, at 2,814 feet above the surrounding valley floor, and 6,023 feet above mean sea level, according to the Federal Communications TV License Division. Co-located on the tower is WUNF-TV, PSIP Channel 33, and WKSF-FM 99.9.
On May 22, 2001, the United States Forest Service decided to allow WLOS-TV to build a replacement television transmission tower on top of Mount Pisgah. The new tower would have been a lighter-weight tower to support the station's digital antenna that would have replaced the heavier channel 13 analog antenna, fulfilling the government-ordered transfer to digital transmission. The old tower would not have supported both the heavy analog antenna, plus the added weight of a full power digital antenna. The Blue Ridge Parkway and several conservation organizations had opposed building a new tower on the peak located adjacent to the Parkway and repeatedly requested the Forest Service explore alternative locations. In 2009, the controversy resolved itself, with the FCC and the Department of the Interior allowing WLOS to maintain its old tower on the summit after the analog antenna was removed, and the station to make needed adjustments to its digital antennas now mounted on the tower.
The trail leading to the summit of Mt. Pisgah starts at milepost 407 of the Blue Ridge Parkway on the west side of the road at an overlook labeled "Mt. Pisgah Parking" The trail is 1.6 miles long and is of moderate difficulty (sections near the summit can be rather steep). There is a small observation deck near the TV tower at the summit. The view is spectacular.
At the base of the TV tower, follow the huge, thick cables down to the WLOS-TV transmitter building. Leading up the mountain from the valley floor, is a still-operating cable car that is used to ferry broadcasting equipment to the building. The cable car also ferries engineers during bad weather, for mandatory transmitter work.
Also at the Mt. Pisgah Parking area is the Buck Spring trailhead. a short walk down the Buck Spring Trail brings you to a historic exhibit located at the foundation stone remains of the George Vanderbilt Hunting lodge.
On the east side of the Parkway at milepost 407 is the Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area. The picnic area includes grills, tables and restroom facilities. All are ADA/handicapped accessible.
The Pisgah Inn Lodge Restaurant and Country Store, as well as the Mt. Pisgah Campground is located at milepost 408 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Several other trails can be accessed from the campground or the Inn.
View from Black Balsam Knob, 9.5 miles distant