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blueBlack Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 3

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69.7 mile 112.1 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 11,122' 3,390 m
Descent: -13,037' -3,974 m
High: 6,599' 2,011 m
Low: 2,031' 619 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 53% (28°)

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Trail shared by Jim Grode

The High Peaks and Asheville

Jim Grode

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The Blue Ridge Parkway frequently closes in inclement weather and during winter, making large sections of this segment inaccessible except at major road crossings, which may be too far apart for day trips. Wintertime hiking in this segment will require careful planning.

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Need to Know

Camping is prohibited on all Blue Ridge Parkway property and in Mount Mitchell State Park except in designated campgrounds. Primitive camping is allowed anywhere in the Pisgah National Forest, which surrounds the BRP for much of this segment. Before setting up a backcountry camp, please confirm that you are in a legal camping area.

Description

The trail in Segment 3 is generally well marked with the MST blaze—a 3” white circle—either painted on or affixed to trees or signposts. Within Mt. Mitchell State Park, the trails are also blazed for the state park trail system, and there are informative signs at all the major trail junctions.

For more information, including camping, lodging, parking, shuttles, and resupply information, as well as detailed, turn-by-turn directions, download a trail guide from the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

Walt Weber and the Carolina Mountain Club have published an excellent, highly detailed, set of maps and profiles for this segment of the MST entitled Trail Profiles and Maps: From the Great Smokies to Mount Mitchell and Beyond. The book is available on Amazon or through a number of outlets in the Asheville area.

The trail in this segment is maintained by the Carolina Mountain Club.

Flora & Fauna

Craggy Gardens (roughly eastbound miles 45-47, westbound miles 20-22) is renowned for its stunning displays of azalea and rhododendron, usually peaking in June.

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Mar 19, 2019
Jason Watkins
Aug 6, 2018
Ned R
5.1mi
Aug 4, 2018
Ned R
Slow and steady on the mountains-to-sea trail 4.8mi
Dec 30, 2016
Adam Winkel
Ran with Jill 4.3mi

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  4.0 from 11 votes

#3

in Asheville

#5242

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#3

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#190

in North Carolina

#5,242

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