Cycling Fie Top Road, North Carolina.
Ride 2.9 miles gaining 1,730’ at 11.6% average grade.
This climb is a MONSTER -- no doubt about it. The best way for a climb under four miles in length to get onto a state or country Top 10 list (here #4) is to be very STEEEEEEP!
Climb begins at the T intersection of Fie Top Road and Route 19.
No distant views, but lovely surroundings along the climb, particularly in the fall.
Very cool WWII vintage troop transport at mile 1.4.
Climb finishes at a junction with several dirt roads.
Ghost Town amusement park -- perfect parking!
There is a 100+ space abandoned parking lot at the start.
This park opened in 1961 and was extremely popular at the end of the 20th century. The park closed in 2002. There is an entire ghost town (not a real ghost town) and carnival area at the top of the abandoned lift.
Ghost Town long ago
Photo: Romantic Asheville