See First Video of Most Dangerous Rope-Free Climb Ever (Alex Honnold) Here, Living With Dead Bodies for Weeks—Or Years—Is Tradition. EXCLUSIVE: A Closer Look Inside Christ's Unsealed Tomb. He Spent 40 Years Alone in the Woods, and Now Scientists Love Him. Today we're looking out over Pisgah National Forest, which was established on this day in 1916. One of the first national forests established in the eastern United States, it comprises more than 500,000 acres of mountainous peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes.