Graybeard Mountain Overlook (BRP) to Hwy 128 (Mt. Mitchell State Park)

Hike: Mountains to Sea Trail – Segment 3
Date: July 20, 2018
Notes: We decided to take a mid-summer detour away from Falls Lake area and complete a small portion of hiking up and around Mt. Mitchell.  Thankfully a spot came available at Mt. Mitchell so we made our reservation.  We have also been itching to introduce our daughters to hiking more than just a little neighborhood park hike, why not bring them out on the MST?

So R & K joined us for what we thought was going to be a 2-day adventure out in the woods.  We parked our destination car and drove down the parkway to start at the Graybeard Mountain Overlook.  We knew we had some hills to climb on our first day.  But before we made it back down to the parkway we came across some wonderful wild blueberry bushes and could not get away, they were very plentiful and bursting with flavor.

We made it back down to the parkway at Walker Knob Overlook and began our assault of Blackstock knob a 6,320-foot mountain that’s one of the largest in NC.  We were pleased with how well the girls got up and over and managed to traverse the many blowdowns.  We went at a much slower pace than usual, but this was a hike that we were not going to rush and enjoy as it is one of our last mountain hikes on the MST.

Camping was awesome!  But I will save the details for another blog post, and due to a storm, we decided to cancel day 2 and return when we are less soggy.

Total Miles: 8.77