Blue Ridge Parkway in Yancey County

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the southern border of Yancey County and connects scenic Highway 80 South to Mount Mitchell State Park. In the picture above, the high peak in the distance is Grandfather Mountain.

The Blue Ridge Parkway crosses over Hwy 80 South on this 1930s-era bridge built by CCC workers. Highway 80 is the southern entrance into Yancey County at Buck Creek Gap on the Eastern Continental Divide at 3,350 feet.

The overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway give travelers a chance to pull off the road and look at the scenery. The Parkway in Yancey County offers amazing views of the South Toe Valley and the eastern side of the Black Mountains (home to 5 of the 10 highest peaks in Eastern America).

Many of the overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway have signs and exhibits with interpretive information. The Parkway runs 469 miles from Shenandoah in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains.

The road to Mount Mitchell State Park is located at milepost 355.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s five miles up Highway 128 to the summit parking area.

Highest Mountains in Eastern America

The towering Black Mountains make up the highest mountain range in the Eastern US, topping out with Mount Mitchell at 6,684 feet, the highest mountain East of the Mississippi River. This view from milepost 350 on the Blue Ridge Parkway represents about 10 miles of the 15-mile-long J-shaped range in southern Yancey County. Five of the 10 highest mountains in the East are located here.

Mount Mitchell: First Park, Highest Peak

Introductory video to the park and its facilities. Mount Mitchell was designated in 1915 and opened in 1916, the first state park ever created in North Carolina.

Winter on Mount Mitchell: The Longest Season

A documentary that offers a glimpse into life on the mountain during a snow storm. The video follows staff members as they work to clear the roads and open the park. Filmed in 2004, the video shows the old stone tower on the summit before it was removed in 2009. Produced & directed by Chanse Simpson.

Burnsville & Yancey County