About Whitewater Pisgah

Since 2001, Whitewater has been promoting the active, outdoor lifestyle by lowering barriers and inspiring people to engage with the outdoors.  Whitewater focuses on the activation, preservation, and management of resources offering access to world-class outdoor activities.

Whitewater Pisgah represents some of the most significant and diverse natural resources in the United States, offering exceptional recreational opportunities in the mountains of North Carolina.  Whitewater Pisgah is designed to highlight and facilitate engagement with these remarkable resources to preserve and promote their value.

Whitewater Pisgah is roughly defined as the region between Brevard and Boone and from Roan Mountain to DuPont State Forest.  This stretch of the Appalachian range encompasses the 513,000-acre Pisgah National Forest with its numerous mile-high peaks, whitewater rivers, waterfalls, and endless trails.

Pisgah is the first U.S. National Forest and includes the first two federally designated wilderness areas in the Eastern United States, Shining Rock and Linville Gorge.  This vast forest is broken down into the Pisgah, the Appalachian and Grandfather Ranger Districts. The Blue Ridge Parkway is the spine of this entire region with the Pisgah falling on both sides of the scenic byway.

Given the renowned natural assets of Pisgah, Whitewater decided to focus on promoting and protecting some of these most compelling fishing, biking, paddling, and climbing resources the area has to offer. Whitewater Pisgah includes accommodations and events at Big Creek Lodge on the banks of the North Mills River and the Rocky Fork Creek.  In addition to guide services for fishing, paddling, biking and climbing, Whitewater Pisgah also offers resources including films and mapping services to inspire and plan trips within the area.

However one chooses to engage in this remarkable region, the vast Pisgah wilderness offers countless resources for getting outside to play.  Whitewater will continue to play a role in making this area more accessible and ultimately more valued and protected.

Regional Assets

Mount Mitchell
Established 1915.
Pisgah National Forest
Established 1916.
Bent Creek Experimental Forest
Established 1925.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Established 1936.
Linville Gorge
Established 1952.
Shining Rock Wilderness
Established 1964.
Green River Game Lands
Established 1971.
DuPont State Forest
Established 1997.
Gorges State Park
Established 1999.