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Hike Stats

1.5 m, 560 ft   M 

5646 ft max elevation

Seasonal Accessibility

This area is closed when the BRP closes late fall through early spring.

Trailhead Coordinates

N35 42 43.44 W82 16 29.46 (DMS)
N35 42.724 W82 16.491 (DM)

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View – the rocky summit of Blue Ridge Pinnacle offers a 180 degree view of the Swannanoa North Fork including the Burnett Reservoir, Graybeard Mountain and the Seven Sisters ridge.

Hike Profile – a 1.5 mile loop hike on a marked trail that ascends to the summit of the Blue Ridge Pinnacle at 5640 feet. The ascent is gradual but the initial part of the descent is steep.

Trail Surface – some sections of the trail have exposed roots and rocks as the trail goes through a thick forest up the side of the Pinnacle.

Environment – the trail goes through a thick growth of hardwood and evergreen trees with an understory of ferns and mosses.

Navigation – the trail going up is well-used and easy to follow until it terminates at the rocky summit. The trail down is found by continuing on to the opposite side of the rocky summit and looking off to the left for a trail that turns towards the BRP. If you are unable to locate this trail, then return the way you came up.

Directions to Trailhead – the parking area is located 0.6 miles east from the entrance to the Mt. Mitchell State Park on the BRP (milepost 355). Look for a dirt road on the south side of the BRP with a gate across it. This is the old Mt. Mitchell Toll Road. Park on either side of the BRP but do not block the gate. Go through the gate and down the toll road a short way. The trail starts on the right and climbs a short bank and then proceeds up a ridge that runs parallel to the toll road.

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