And the Highest Point East of the Mississippi is…

HyiLast weekend we set about another short road trip. I stumbled upon an article about Mt. Mitchell a year or so ago while reading up on hiking in North Carolina. I mentioned it to my dad at the time and he told me that he and my uncle had visited there a few years back and that the view was really, really good. I decided then that I wanted to go there BUT convincing J to go there with me simply to hike wasn’t too likely… And convincing my dad and brother to go and stay over night was not likely either. So, what did I do?

I convinced all three of them to go with me on a 3+hour (one way) road trip to climb this mountain (and others) on one day. Thankfully, they all went for it. Yay! We even brought my little man (Peanut) along for the adventure again. We left Sunday morning around 7 o’clock and the ride there seemed to have went much quicker than I expected. We traveled through Nantahala and Maggie Valley, both of which are GORGEOUS. I want to visit Maggie Valley again soon. I would love to spend a few days there in a cabin on top of one of the many mountains through there. I bet there is a lot of hiking to be done there as well.

After getting on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we stopped at an overlook before continuing on to Mt. Mitchell. The view was amazing. I can’t really put it into words, so I’ll share a couple pictures from the overlook instead.

Once we snapped a few pics there and took it the view, we traveled a bit further to the Mt. Mitchell parking lot. We headed up the paved road to the top of themountain. Elisha Mitchell (who Mt. Mitchell is named after) is actually buried there. We followed the little walk way on up to the top of the overlook and the view was breathtaking. 360°of mountains. They even had little paintings of the mountains set up and marked so you could look into the distance, spot a mountain, and find its name. We spent 30 minutes or so up here and then started the trek back down. I talked the guys into taking the long way back down (Balsam Nature Trail) and though a bit rocky, it was a neat little trail. Giant rocks were all along the way, which was interesting. It reminded me a lot of the trails we went on in Arkansas last summer honestly. Did I mention how beautiful the red spruce and Fraser firs were? That was my first time seeing those… And the weather was perfect for hiking considering it was about 20°cooler on the mountain than in downtown Asheville!

When we left the park, we stopped in Asheville for a little bit. It was a nice little town. We didn’t spend much time there. Next time we are up that way I’d like to check out the Biltmore House (and forest. Mostly the forest 😉).

Overall, the trip was wonderful! It’s nice to spend time with those you love doing the things you love. Summer is almost over for me, so while I can still enjoy it, you can bet I’m going to!

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