Suzanne Turner Associates

Mount Pisgah National Park

Mount Pisgah, southwest of Asheville is a unit of the National Park Service located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The recreation area consists of a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway, an inn, restaurant, campgrounds, picnic area, the former site of Buck Spring Lodge (hunting retreat for George Washington Vanderbilt and his wife Edith) numerous overlooks for experiencing the beauty and scenic views located along the Parkway, and a network of interconnected trails leading to Asheville and ultimately to the Atlantic coast.

The National Park Service sought an inventory of existing conditions and a set of guidelines in order to unify the management of the recreation area, so that what had developed into a hodge-podge of replacement site furnishings will take on a more uniform, original, and historically grounded appearance. These recommendations will ultimately save money for the park service by specifying more succinct treatment options that will protect the integrity of this important national resource, and maximize the experience of visitors to the park.