Point Lookout Trail

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The paved, 3.62-mile Point Lookout Trail follows the Old NC 10/Highway 70 route through the Royal Gorge, once known at the Central Highway, through the Pisgah National Forest. The trail ascends more than 900 feet between Old Fort and Ridgecrest, with long-range views from the famous Point Lookout (tourist attraction of yesteryear).

From the lookout, the trail crosses over the railroad and offers several nice views of several rail tunnels. The trail is a steady climb, and many bikers choose to ride slowly to the top then coast down.

The Point Lookout Trail is frequently used as the return leg for the rugged Kitsuma Mountain Bike Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

From I-40, take Exit 73/Old Fort and go north on Catawba Ave. to Main St./US 70; turn left and take the next right on Old Highway 70. Continue to the intersection of Mill Creek Road; parking is at the picnic grounds on left, from May to October.

You can get closer by continuing to Piney Grove Baptist church; parking is usually available on the shoulder. Do not park on church property. The gate and beginning of the trail is just ahead.



   March, 2015 by katie_tritt

Is this trail's (well, all trails') mileage one-way or round-trip? Thanks! read more

A good workout

   March, 2014 by mag315

This trail is a continuous climb which had me wishing I had brought my mountain bike instead of my road bike. The problems mentioned by a previous reviewer appear to have been repaired and the road looks to be in good shape. Instead of coasting back down ...read more

open for business

   August, 2013 by ebuck54

The trail is open. However, there is work being done just below Point Lookout where a culvert is being replace. The road is shifting down the mountain and has developed cracks in the pavement. I don't know what the powers that be have in mind for this ...read more