Rooted in the Carolinas

We start our day in North Carolina, driving on that darn Blue Ridge Parkway to Mt Mitchell State Park.  At 6,684 feet, it is the highest peak in the US east of the Mississippi.  We had a few options to choose from to summit.  We could drive almost all the way up.  Or we could hike up several different routes.  Our choices were (in round trip miles) the 15.5 mile loop, the 11.2 mile up and back, or the 4 mile loop from the ranger post.   We took the 4 mile loop.  

 This isn’t the toughest route, but it will give you a good workout.  The trail starts by steeply climbing into the forest. The rocks form stairs, the roots cross the trail like spiderwebs, and there are several spots where wooden steps were built into the trail. 
  

Roots to trip you up

Shortly after the start you pass a restaurant, then you finally leave the road and feel like you are in the woods.  If you don’t like stones and roots, this is not your hike. We hit this on a clear sunny day and the view at the top was great.   High Point #6 was under our belt.   

The tower at the top

cheers

  

the actual High Point

  

Great View


That was not the end of our day!!!!  We did a twofer and drove down to South Carolina also.  We hit the High Point of the state much as we did Kentucky, by barely driving over the state line and driving up the mountain.   There are several trails that you hike up to the high point, in case you are a purest.  

 

Tucker at the top

  

view from the top.


The view is nice in most directions, but there are towers right behind me, and no amenities.   HighPoint #6 is Sassafras Mountain at 3,560 ft.  And that was the end of our day. 

Happy Trails

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