Yancey History Association Fundraising Hike to Mitchell Falls April 21


nc HighPeaks is sponsoring a Fundraising Hike to Mitchell Falls on April 21 for the Yancey History Association.  Please contact Jake Blood at 284-6878 for more information and to make your reservation.  The hike will cover 6-miles and over 1000-feet elevation gain and cost $50 per participant.  Transportation, lunch, historic perspective and a rare glimpse at this magnificent waterfall will be provided!
Mitchell Falls, located within a private conservancy  that is not open to the general public, is named in honor of Dr Elisha Mitchell who died in a pool at the base of the falls on June 27, 1857.  Dr Mitchell had just visited the peak that now also bears his name, Mount Mitchell, to confirm which of the Black Mountain Peaks he had measured as the tallest peak in the United States (first measured by Dr Mitchell in 1835) and was on his way to visit Big Tom Wilson to compare notes of previous visits to the peak on which Big Tom had acted as his guide.  When Dr Mitchell failed to arrive, several search parties went out, one consisting of the ‘Buncombe Boys’ and another of the ‘Yancey Boys.’  It was the ‘Yancey Boys,’ led by the legendary mountaineer Big Tom Wilson, that found the tell-tales signs of Dr Mitchells fateful path that ended in the pool at the base of Mitchell Falls.