North Carolina has just designated the following roads as the “Mount Mitchell Scenic Drive”:
4.9 miles of N.C. 128
11.3 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway
13.4 miles of N.C. 80
3.8 miles of U.S. 19 East
2 miles of East Main Street in Burnsville
16.6 miles of U.S. 19 East into Madison County
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Researchers are studying the spruce-fir moss spider, which is the world’s smallest tarantulas. The spiders which are 1/8 inch long were found on Mount Mitchell in 1923 and first found in the Smokies on Mount LeConte in 1926.
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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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This year’s bicycle “Assault on Mount Mitchell” ride will be May 24. Details.
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The Ashville Citizen has an amusing tale of Karen Russell, a tourist from Westerville, Ohio, on her chance encounter with President Obama which we reported earlier as he was hiking off the Blue Ride Parkway. She thought he was headed for Mount Mitchell. She said she first encountered Secret Service all in black who scanned her with a black metal detecting wand and went through he her pockets and checked out her camera.
Hiker describes chance encounter with President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama on Mountains-to-Sea Trai Ashville Citizen – April 25, 2010 (photo by White House photographer Pete Souza)
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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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Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend? Asheville Citizen-Times, NC – Jul 7, 2007 The Mount Mitchell observation tower and tower trail will be closed due to construction until further notice. There will also be trail detours on the Old …
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250 have climbed Mount Washington in the Seek The Peak Hike A Thon to benefit the mountain’s observatory.
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