Mitchell Toll Road Hike- Saturday, May 4

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Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Saturday, May 4 to hike the historical Mt. Mitchell Toll Road.  Hikers should meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:45 to be shuttled to the trailhead just off the Blue Ridge Parkway about one-quarter mile north of the turnoff to Mt. Mitchell State Park. Please bring $5 per hiker to cover the cost of transportation.

The hike follows the historical route of a century old logging railroad and later tourist toll road to Mt. Mitchell for about 5.5 miles to the old Trestle Road just north of Pot Cove Gap in Montreat.  Hikers will then walk the old Trestle road to the Graybeard trail and proceed to Walker’s Knob Shelter and Overlook. The group will then take the Graybeard Trail to Montreat Conference Center. The Graybeard Trail is a beautiful area with a small waterfall and several  stream crossings.
This eight mile hike is easy to moderate in difficulty.  Bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch, and rain gear.  Dogs are not permitted on the public vans, so hikers with dogs will have to arrange their own transportation to the trailhead and back again if cars are left there.

Vans will pick hikers up around 4:00 at the Graybeard Trailhead in Montreat to shuttle the group  back to the Town Square in Burnsville.  For more information, contact hike leader, Margaret Hayes @ 336-817-8123 or by e-mail at Margaret829@aol.com.