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.


Fun walk!

   September, 2016 by beth_mckinney

I've taken my dog here for the last two days (parked on the Ridgecrest side) and it was a good time. It's an easy paved path, the climb isn't so bad (gradual and steady) with great views. Will be a great regular walk with the dog to wear her out and work ...read more

An underrated find.

   November, 2015 by shaunwillson

Here is what you do: Pick any weekday morning, in October preferably. Get jacked up at the Whole Foods on Tunnel Road in Asheville. Then drive to the trailhead parking, take the trail to the top and loop back down via Mill Creek Road. Views, history, ...read more


   August, 2015 by edtamdan

Since my wife and I have started biking the RTT's and Greenway Trails, we have come to expect a certain "casual" experience on our rides. This trail has all the features for a casual ride i.e. scenic, well constructed, smooth asphalt through and through, ...read more