Cycling Mt. Mitchell -- a bike climb in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains
Ride 24 miles to elevation 6,684’ gaining 6,409’ at 4% average grade.
Mt. Mitchell is a long climb with many switchbacks along Highway 80, west of Lake Tahoma. Highway 80 is also called the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is known for its beauty and length, running 469 miles through 29 counties in Virginia and North Carolina, connecting Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks.
We are very excited about our upcoming (October 2019) “fall colors” bike trip to the north and southeast, to a great degree because of the opportunity to ride North Carolina’s beloved Mt. Mitchell, the highest point in the United States east of the Mississippi River.
The bike climb to Mt. Mitchell runs through thick forest from start to finish. The climb ends at Mt. Mitchell Summit Trail in Mount Mitchell State Park (est. 1915; 1,966 acres) and is a stone’s throw form Pisgah National Forest (est. 1916; 512,758 acres). This wonderous bicycling adventure is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which run 550 miles southwest from southern Pennsylvania through Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama, and part of the Appalachian Mountains, stretching from Georgia/Alabama into Canada.
Ron Hawks on the Mt. Mitchell climb by bike.
Typical Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway setting, beautiful!
“The 44th Annual Assaults presented by Greenville Health System will be held on Monday, May 20, 2019. The Assaults is one of the most intense, premier cycling experiences that draws a full field of nearly 1,000 cyclists from across the world each year. This one-day challenge takes riders from Spartanburg, SC to the top of the highest peak in the East, Mt. Mitchell. Please join us for the 44th Annual Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion in 2019.” https://theassaults.com/
The steepest ½ mile on Mt. Mitchell begins at mile 4.8 (8.6%).