Little Switzerland on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mount Mitchell is celebrating its centennial. In its colorful history is a fight with the Blue Ridge in which it became the narrowest right of way (200 feet) on the Parkway in North Carolina, has the only commercial access road on the parkway and a fight which it lost over access to an overlook tower (which remains in ruins).
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Obama’s visit to the Moutains to Sea Trail near Mount Mitchell on the Blue Ridge Parkway has stirred a several hikers to follow in his footsteps. There are also some suggestions about other trails. The President and First Lady hiked from the Ox Creek Road trailhead, heading south and turning around after about a mile.
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We may have to sign President Obama up to the Highpointers Club. Last week he was reported doing perhaps stealth visit to the DC Highpoint. This week in honor of Earth Day, he went hiking at Mile Post 375.6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail headed towards Craven Gap. He is the first sitting President to visit the Parkway. Mount Mitchell is Milepost 355.4. The Mountains to Sea Trail begins on Clingmans Dome and ends at Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks. Parkway Chief Ranger Steve Stinnett gave him a Parkway Ball game. We may have to give Highpointing gear from the Merc. For those of you looking for dining tips, they ate at the Twelve Bones Smokehouse in Asheville.
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