This is an off the beaten path out and back trail run that will take you the top of Mt Pisgah in a way that will keep you away from the tourists and crowds. The Mountains to Sea trail (#440) parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway through evergreen forests and moss covered blast from the parkway's construction. It is a very rocky trail, but not heavily traveled. This high ridge will have you at over 4500' for the entire run, and Mt Pisgah crests at 5,721'.
From town, drive to the main entrance of Pisgah National Forest, and turn left. Continue to the Blue Ridge Parkway, about a 25 minute drive if you don't get caught behind someone driving slow. When you reach the Parkway, turn right and head towards Mt Pisgah. You will pass the Pisgah Inn, the main parking lot for Mt Pisgah and the Pisgah campground. Don't let all this confuse you, for this trail run you're looking for the intersection of NC 151 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. You will go through two tunnels on the Parkway before you get to this intersection. When you do see NC 151 on your left, park here in the gravel. If you're standing at NC 151, looking down the hill in the direction that 151 comes up, to your left you will see the Mountains to Sea trailhead (#440). It is marked with a white dot the entire way.
Head up this trail, and stay on the main trail. There are several trails that spur off this ridge, but stay on the white dot trail. After a few climbs and descents you will come to the Mt Pisgah trailhead (#355) on your right. Take this trail to the top of Mt Pisgah, and remember to make this left turn back on to the MST (#440) on your way back to the car.