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Directions

Road changes, weather conditions, and construction may necessitate that you check for current directions but we hope these will help guide your journey.

Mount Mitchell State Park to Lake James State Park

Starting from Mount Mitchell State Park N Carolina 128 S

1

Head north on N Carolina 128 S toward Blue Ridge Pkwy - go 4.6 mi

2

Slight left at Blue Ridge Pkwy - go 11.2 mi

This road may be seasonally closed

3

Turn right onto the ramp to N Carolina 80 S/Buck Creek Rd - go 361 ft

4

Turn right at N Carolina 80 S/Buck Creek Rd - go 12.1 mi

Continue to follow N Carolina 80 S

5

Turn left at US-70 E - go 2.0 mi

6

Turn right at N Carolina 226 S/US-221 BUS S/US-70 E/N Main St - go 2.1 mi

7

Turn left at US-70 E/E Court St - go 5.1 mi

Continue to follow US-70 E

8

Turn left at Route 126 - go 1.5 mi

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Turn right to stay on Route 126 - go 2.3 mi

Arriving at Lake James State Park 35.733136,-81.88797

Total: 41.0 mi - about 1 hour 13 mins


Lake James State Park to Chimney Rock State Park

Starting from Chimney Rock State Park Route 126

1

Head southwest on Route 126 toward Hendrix Ln - go 2.3 mi

2

Turn left to stay on Route 126 - go 1.5 mi

3

Turn right at US-70 W - go 5.1 mi

4

Turn left at S Main St - go 459 ft

5

Take the 1st right onto W Henderson St - go 1.2 mi

6

Continue onto Sugar Hill Rd - go 8.2 mi

7

Continue onto Montford Cove Rd - go 4.1 mi

8

Continue onto Cove Rd - go 1.2 mi

9

Turn right at Bills Creek Rd - go 9.0 mi

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Turn right at US-64 W/US-74 Alt W - go 7.5 mi

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Turn right at Terrace Dr - go 0.2 mi

Arriving at Chimney Rock State Park 35.432799, -82.250260

Total: 40.5 mi - about 1 hour 9 mins


Chimney Rock State Park to Gorges State Park

Starting from Chimney Rock State Park Terrace Dr

1

Head northwest on Terrace Dr toward Flack Rd/Silver City Rd - go 0.2 mi

2

Turn right at N Carolina 9 N/US-64 W/US-74 Alt W/Main St - go 2.5 mi

Continue to follow N Carolina 9 N/US-64 W/US-74 Alt W

3

Turn left at US-64 W/Chimney Rock Rd - go 14.7 mi

Continue to follow US-64 W

4

Turn left at N Church St - go 0.6 mi

5

Turn right at Kanuga Rd - go 3.9 mi

6

Continue onto Co Rd 1127/Crab Creek Rd - go 7.1 mi

7

Turn left at Co Rd 1259/Dupont Rd - go 1.2 mi

8

Continue onto Staton Rd - go 4.3 mi

9

Turn left at Cascade Lake Rd - go 2.5 mi

10

Turn right at US-276 N/Greenville Hwy - go 6.0 mi

11

Turn left at Connestee Rd - go 0.3 mi

12

Turn left to stay on Connestee Rd - go 0.2 mi

13

Slight left at Island Ford Rd - go 0.7 mi

14

Island Ford Rd turns slightly left and becomes Walnut Hollow Rd - go 0.5 mi

15

Turn right at Hannah Ford Rd/Van Waldrop Rd - go 0.9 mi

16

Take the 1st right to stay on Hannah Ford Rd/Van Waldrop Rd - go 0.5 mi

17

Take the 1st right onto C Green Rd/Hannah Ford Rd - go 1.0 mi

18

Turn left at US-64 W - go 8.7 mi

19

Turn right to stay on US-64 W - go 1.8 mi

20

Turn right to stay on US-64 W - go 0.6 mi

21

Turn left at N Carolina 281 S/US-64 W - go 2.6 mi

22

Turn left at N Carolina 281 S - go 0.8 mi

Arriving at Gorges State Park 35.100939,-82.959505

Total: 61.7 mi - about 1 hour 42 mins


Gorges State Park to Mount Mitchell State Park

Starting from Gorges State Park

1

Head northeast on N Carolina 281 N toward Bearwallow Rd - go 0.8 mi

2

Turn right at N Carolina 281 N/US-64 E - go 2.6 mi

3

Turn right at US-64 E - go 0.6 mi

4

Turn left to stay on US-64 E - go 1.8 mi

5

Turn left to stay on US-64 E - go 12.7 mi

6

Turn left at US-64 E/S Broad St - go 3.9 mi

Continue to follow US-64 E

7

Continue onto N Carolina 280 E - go 18.1 mi

8

Turn left at US-25 N/Hendersonville Rd - go 4.3 mi

9

Slight right toward Blue Ridge Pkwy - go 0.2 mi

10

Turn right at Blue Ridge Pkwy - go 33.3 mi

This road may be seasonally closed

11

Turn left toward N Carolina 128 N - go 98 ft

12

Turn left at N Carolina 128 N - go 4.6 mi

Arriving at Mount Mitchell State Park 35.7528, -82.2737

Total: 83.0 mi - about 2 hours 20 mins


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