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Mount Mitchell State Park - August 13, 2002

Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway is the road up to the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi.

The road up to Mount Mitchell. [800x600][1600x1200]

It's a steep, winding road. [800x600][1600x1200]

Entrance to the state park. [800x600][1600x1200]

The road nearing the summit. [800x600][1600x1200]

At the parking lot, the GPS shows 6582 ft. It's pretty close. This is the current record for my car's highest elevation. Passing the 6393 at the Continental Divide on I-90 in Montana in June, 2001. [800x600][1600x1200]

Some info about the observation tower. [800x600][1600x1200]

A butterfly along the trail to the summit. [800x600][1600x1200]

The trail. [800x600][1600x1200]

We pass 1.25 miles above sea level part way up the trail. [800x600][1600x1200]

And here it is. [800x600][1600x1200]

View of the parking area. [800x600][1600x1200]


Clingman's Peak and more. [800x600][1600x1200]

Wider view, including the road up here. [800x600][1600x1200]

Here's what we're looking at. [800x600][1600x1200]

Ridge near the summit. [800x600][1600x1200]

What we're looking at... [800x600][1600x1200]

...down here. [800x600][1600x1200]

The tower. [800x600][1600x1200]

The tower again, part way down the trail. [800x600][1600x1200]

Green Knob overlook. [800x600][1600x1200]

And this is what you see there. [800x600][1600x1200]

Now on to an overlook of the Black Mountains, including Mount Mitchell. [800x600][1600x1200]

The Black Mountains. [800x600][1600x1200]
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