BCCWNC “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rockies” Drive

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Date(s) - Saturday, April 20, 2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

1141 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805

The Rockies and the Sierras get a lot of attention but right here in Western North Carolina we have Mt. Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi River.
To encounter higher ground, one must travel 1189 miles, to Lone Butte, Colorado. (Topographers call this “isolation.” Mt. Mitchell is the 31st most isolated mountain in the world.) At 6684 feet, it offers spectacular views in every direction.

There is a beautiful hiking trail to the summit but not even a Range Rover Defender could manage that (I’d really debate that! DW), so our LBCs have no hope. Fortunately, there’s also a road to a large parking lot near the summit. That is the destination for our drive.

We will depart Ingles at 10:30am and travel the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mt. Mitchell State Park. Once at the summit, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own). For those so inclined, barbecue pits are available. The trip will include a walk to the observation deck at the summit, along a broad, paved path, so that we can take-in the views. The return drive is the reverse of the route to the park.

It may be much cooler at the summit than in town so bringing a jacket is recommended.

  • Distance: 33 miles each way
  • Questions:  Contact our host Michael Finney
  • Rain date: Sunday April 21

Google Map – Ingles Tunnel Rd

Driving Instructions – Ingles to Mt Mitchell

Google Maps Drive Route


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  • Dewey Parker
  • Terry Ramsey
  • Syd Chipman
  • Carl Melissas