What a year! 2019 has been very good to us in growing as an organization. See the full list of our accomplishments here.


Davidson River Outfitters – rod and reel raffle

Banff Film Festival

Connestee Presentation

Rotary Club Brevard Presentation

Oskar Blues – Trails and Dale’s Day 2019

Wine by The Creek 

Pisgah Project 2019 - Mountain Bike Raffle

Cradle of Forestry – GYF film screening event

Blue Spiral – GYF film screening event & painting raffle

Triple C – GYF film screening event – Charlotte

DFR Room – GYF film screening event – Brevard

Sierra Nevada – GYF film screening event

Hellbender event – Oskar Blues

Cantrell Creek ribbon cutting

Piney Mtn. Bike Lounge event – GYF film screening event & silent auction

Catawba Brewing – Asheville

Catawba Brewing – Charlotte

REI Twinkie Roast – Asheville – New Belgium

REI – Christmas event

Industry 9 Loose Gravel event

Pisgah Pride Day 2019: 300 participants – 18 projects:

Install new entry sign at the Ranger Station

Built rock steps near top of Mr. Pisgah Trail – CMC

Rebuilt rock garden at the Ranger Station

Hauled heavy timbers (6”x6s) up John Rock Trail and build 3 puncheon bridges – BCHP helped stage timbers, CMC built puncheons

Cleaned up 3 miles of roadside trash – Trout Unlimited

Removed and treated 10,000 square feet of non-native invasive plant species

Conducted a training hike associated with identifying and locating threatened ash trees

Rebuilt a broken bridge at Moore Cove Trail 

Installed 22 signs at the entrances to wilderness trails and near Graveyard Fields alerting hikers to risks in the areas

Attacked a patch of non-native invasive kudzu

Conducted traditional trail maintenance work on 10 miles of trail in Bent Creek, Mills River, and Avery Creek

Installed fencing in selected spots on the Looking Glass Rock Trail - CMC

Trimmed trees, picked up trash and spruced up Looking Glass Falls area

Built a rock and mulch garden trail for a pollinator garden through what had been a grove of invasive privet plants at Sycamore Flats

Planted 100 native plants

Filled in mud hole on the Exercise Trail and built new elevated gravel path through low spot

Cleared culverts and ditches on 4 miles of Forest Service roads, and

Engaged in a river cleanup and educational project for 3rd graders on the Davidson River

The following groups were closely involved in this work day: Carolina Mountain Club, Pisgah Area SORBA, Trout Unlimited, Mountain True, Conserving Carolina, Fish & Wildlife Conservation Council. Southern Highlands Reserve, Backcountry Horsemen and the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards. We were generously supported by a number of corporate sponsors, including French Broad Stone, REI, Oskar Blues, Diamond Brand, Industry 9, Cane Creek, Vulcan Materials, Crank Coffee, and more.

Work done in the forest throughout the year in collaboration with other groups:

Turkey Pen Ford – USFS – riprap and rock to armor the ford.

Art Loeb Trail

    • Virginia Tech - drainage/ brushing work
    • CASP, CMC – trail hardening, gravel placement
    • CASP – Replacing decking on 80’ steel bridge

Exercise – (NFF funded) turnpiking work, 30’ new bridge, CASP, USFS

Estatoe – (NFF Funded) boardwalk repair, REI, Pisgah Cowboys

Black Balsom Knob – Art Loeb dedication plaque replaced

Moor Cove – CASP, USFS crib wall to fix blow-out

John Rock Trail – BCHP staged timbers, CMC built puncheon

Cantrell Creek Project completion – stream restoration, trail re-route, and trail decommissioning at Cantrell Creek, plus extensive work on S. Mills River Trail and Horse Cove 

Pisgah Pride Day 2019

Mt. Pisgah Trail – CMC trail work

Wilderness Trailheads – self-preparation signs

Lower Trace – PAS, drainage

Wash Creek – PAS, drainage

Avery Creek – Pisgah Cowboys, drainage, puncheon

Looking Glass Rock Trail – CMC installed split rail fencing to prevent cut-throughs

Green Mtn. Trail – SAWS, USFS – multiple blow-downs crosscut out of trail

Tread hardening on many trails

Duke Run Wild program – service project for 110 students working in the forest for 2 weeks:  

    • Cat Gap Loop Trail, drainage/brushing –
    • Cove Creek Trail - Pisgah Cowboys drainage
    • Art Loeb Trail – drainage, check step work @ Gloucester

Long Branch Trail – Conserving Carolina/Americorps, brushing, carrying in bridge timbers

Long Branch Trail - Pisgah Hikers – built footbridge

To make sure that we keep this momentum going for OUR Pisgah, please donate now!