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Old 07-18-20, 08:43 AM
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cycling to top of Mount Mitchell

Hi all ... I'm looking into cycling up Mount Mitchell in NC. I'm from the Northeast so not familiar with the area. when I do a Google Maps from either Marion or Asheville NC, it doesn't show that the last several miles (Rte 128) is rideable. When I have Maps set to 'cycling', the directions say to 'walk your bike' once it gets to the turn off to Rte 128. The car instructions don't show as being able to make the turn (unless I drag the route manually from the Blue Ridge Parkway). Anyone familiar with the climb and whether Rte 128 is open to bikes and/or cars these days? Thanks in advance.
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I was up there a few weeks ago. All roads to the top of Mt Mitchell were open so you should be all good.

You could try calling the camp site though if you want to be absolutely sure.
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Don't know if this is still active or not. I've done Mitchell like 4 times.

The best ride and the one that the Assault on Mt Mitchell uses is from Marion, not Asheville. Start at Marion. You can park at the Lowe's on 70 and then ride up to the parkway on Rt 80. From Rt 80 to Mitchell it is 25 miles. To the Blue Ridge Parkway it is about 9 miles, then you have 16 to the top of Mitchell.

Be forewarned though, those 25 miles will see an elevation gain of almost 6,000 feet. The first 7 on 80 is nothing to write home about, but after that, it is all uphill except for one stretch on the BRP that is about 2 miles down hill.

The other issue no matter if you go from Marion or Asheville is the lack of water. There is no where to get any water, especially on the BRP. There is a small stand at the top of Mitchell but it is only open during the very late spring months into the summer. So, you will need water and food. The trip from Marion, depending on how good a rider you are, takes between 2-4 hours. I think the record is like 1.5 hours. Believe me, it is a lot of climbing.

If you need any more info, just ask.

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