Mount Mitchell, at 6,684 feet, is the highest point in the Appalachian Mountains. Mount Mitchell State Park which is located within the Pisgah National Forest, is accessible by car or motorcycle from off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountain still is and has for many years, been used as a weather reporting station. On average, one can count on a minimum temperature drop of 2 degrees per 1,000 feet in elevation. I was there in October 2008 and it was 81 degrees in the lower elevations and 58 degrees on top of the mountain. I was thankful I had the foresight to bring my leathers with me. The weather record for the mountain area is -34 degrees on January 21, 1985. It received 50 inches of snow during the great blizzard of 1993, and snow flurries have been reported there even in the summer months of June, July and August. The summit is often windy, with the record being gusts of 178 miles per hour. To me, Mount Mitchell is among the most beautiful spots along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and I highly recommend this as a must see destination. I also recommend that you bring your leather and watch the weather forecasts prior to your visit as we do before taking a tour here.

One of my top 10 favorite places on/near the Parkway.

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