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Mount Pisgah platform under construction

Mount Pisgah  viewing platform.  Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation photo Mount Pisgah viewing platform. Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation photo

Crews are now working to reconstruct the viewing platform atop Mount Pisgah in the Pisgah National Forest, a project that is expected to take about two weeks to finish.

The platform, first built by the U.S. Youth Conservation Corps in 1979, found itself in need of such extensive repairs that large portions of the structure had to be rebuilt. The project is funded through donations to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation with Carolina Mountain Club volunteers assisting the contracted crew working on the project. It was inspired by the memory of Lisa Hambrick Hagebak and championed by her family to recognize her love of the Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding mountains.

“Not only will the new platform be attractive, but it will provide a safer area for hikers to take in mountain views,” said Kevin Brandt, project manager for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

Work began Oct. 23 and is expected to take two weeks. The trail will remain open during this time, but hikers should be careful when visiting the summit. A funicular owned by Sinclair Broadcasting Group is being used to transport materials up to the 5,721-foot summit.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has also funded a new interpretative sign in the overlook parking area where the Mount Pisgah trailhead is located. The wayside panel features the history of Buck Spring Lodge, George W. Vanderbilt’s former Adirondack-style retreat which was located nearby. Since 1997, the nonprofit has provided more than $22 million in support of the country’s most-visited national park unit.

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