Around 1890, the Shut-In trail was created by George W. Vanderbilt to link his Biltmore home with his hunting and outdoor lodge at Buck Springs (Near the current Pisgah Inn). While many think of this trail as following the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s actually the other way around, since the parkway wasn’t built until the 1930’s. Since it does parallel the parkway, it has a certain benefits, not the least of which is you’re never very far from help. It follows the series of ridge lines from the French Broad (mile marker 393.5) at about 2,000 ft. elevation to the Pisgah Inn (mile marker 408). I’ve divided it into several smaller hikes because it’s an easy drop-off, and pick-up by car by your friends who want to remain car bound.
PISGAH PARKING LOT TO ELK PASTURE GAP
- Distance: 4.2 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain: 1300 ft.
- Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)
MTS: Elk Pasture Gap to Pisgah Pkg Lot – https://t.co/QyYdZELjXp
— Sandy Rumsey (@SandyRumsey) March 20, 2016