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Just east of Black Mountain, only 30 minutes away, is scenic Chimney Rock Park. An amazing place, it has miles of high rock hiking trails, waterfalls and wonderful scenery (Last of the Mohicans was filmed here). And the view from the Rock itself — wow! Lake Lure, just minutes from the park, is visible to the east. It is a huge meandering lake rimmed with million dollar homes and the available boat tour is loads of fun.
(NOTE: Chimney Rock is currently undergoing capital improvement projects resulting in the temporary closure of the elevator as well as some amenities and trails. Please visit chimneyrockpark.com/progress for updated information.)
Folk Art Center: Visit the Folk art Center and walk along the Mountains To Sea Trail.
West Ridge-Graybeard Loop: This loop provides a dozen great viewing points of the Asheville Watershed/Mount Mitchell area.
Green Knob Lookout Tower: Built by the U.S. Forest Service in 1931, the Green Knob Lookout Tower was once a fire tower.
Big Ivy Coleman Park: This area of the Pisgah National Forest, located along the upper reaches of the Ivy River, has long been known by locals as the Coleman Boundary.
Graveyard Fields: A unique loop trail winds through this high-elevation, flat valley. Two spurs lead to some of the most photographed and enjoyed waterfalls in the state!
Mount Mitchell State Park: There are a few places in the world that still stand apart from the ordinary. Rising more than a mile high, surrounded by the gentle mist of low-hanging clouds, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places.
Mount Mitchell boasts the tallest peak East of the Mississippi at over 6,500 feet. Two perks of visiting Mt. Mitchell are free admission and the fact that you drive to the top of the mountain for parking. A quarter-mile hike on a paved path takes you to the observation deck that offers an amazing view. Deep Gap Trail and Balsam Trail offer a mild to intermediate hike. Mt. Mitchell Trail, Colbert’s Ridge Trail and the Black Mountain Crest Trails offer a challenge. It’s always a lot cooler up there than in the city, so dress accordingly.
Deep Gap Trail: begins near the summit parking area and is a two-mile round-trip hike that provides a view of Mt. Mitchell from Mt. Craig. Balsam Trail is a shorter, easier hike that loops from an area near the observation deck to the parking lot.
Colbert Ridge Trail: is a challenge. It ascends from 2,750′ to 5,700′ in 3.7 miles. The trailhead is located near the Carolina Hemlocks Campground and connects to Deep Gap. If you then head South along the Black Mountain Crest trail, Cattail Peak at 6,675 feet is a mile away.
Black Mountain Crest Trail: Black Mountain Crest Trail is a 10.5 mile point to point trail that is typically done north to south, starting at Bowlens Creek Road and ending at the Mt Mitchell Summit parking area. One of the more rugged hikes on the east coast!
Directions to Mt. Mitchell: Take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Milepost 355.4 or take I-40 East to exit 86, U.S. 221 North. Follow 221 North to U.S. 70 West. Stay on 70W for two miles until you reach NC Highway 80. Take 80 North to the Blue Ridge Parkway and follow signs to Mt. Mitchell.
Craggy Gardens: is one of the most dramatic viewpoints on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stunning vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains stretch far into Tennessee to the west and toward central North Carolina to the east.
Ashevillle Urban Trail: Often called Asheville’s museum without walls.
Carolina Mountain Trail: Located within the North Carolina Arboretum this 1.2 mile trail winds a hiker through three different forestry types.
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