Old Mitchell Toll Road is a 11.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length11.1 miElevation gain564 ftRoute typePoint to point
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Christian Stetts
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William Brown III
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I have hiked this trail a couple of times, but this time I wanted to try to follow the route of the old Mount Mitchell Railroad. The railroad ran (mostly) along the same route as the old toll road. For my hike, I started at the Pinnacle at the Parkway and followed the old toll road trail until where the "connector" to the Greybeard Trail intersected. This was the route of the old railroad. I followed the switchbacks of the Greybeard Trail down (the old railroad bed) to Potts Cove. From Potts Cove, I followed the old railroad bed (listed on the ground, but not in Alltrails) as "old trestle trail" until it intersected the Old Toll Road Trail again just above Sourwood Gap. At Sourwood Gap, I again left Old Toll Road Trail and followed the Old Trestle Trail to Lookout, then to the trailhead end. There is a section of the old railroad that appears to continue on down to just east of Black Mountain that's not named on the map. Following that last section will be my next objective.

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Jimmy Thompson
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Went came from Montreat, and then to the Blue Ridge Parkway and back. We did Pinnacle, but wish we had not, about 20 miles round trip and without Pinnacle my legs would be fine lol. Not bad actually even with Pinnacle. We will do this many many other times.

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William Brown III
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I very much enjoyed hiking this trail. Knowing the history of the old route was helpful in really enjoying the experience. I followed the Old Mitchell Toll Road Trail from the Parkway down to where it intersected the Old Trestle Trail in Sourwood Gap. I then followed Trestle Trail out to the end. I like the "finish" on Trestle Trail better than the last bit of Old Mitchell Toll Road (not that Toll Road is bad, just that I like Trestle better). In all, I hiked 10.5 miles in a little over five hours. That time included a couple of 15 minute breaks along the way. Hiking through the mostly tree covered trail was nice; however, I think it would be a better hike during the winter when the leaves are off and the views will be fantastic. Just make sure to avoid the area during bear hunting season out of courtesy to the hunters.

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William Brown III
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I very much enjoyed hiking this trail. Knowing the history of the old route was helpful in really enjoying the experience. I followed the Old Mitchell Toll Road Trail from the Parkway down to where it intersected the Old Trestle Trail in Sourwood Gap. I then followed Trestle Trail out to the end. I like the "finish" on Trestle Trail better than the last bit of Old Mitchell Toll Road (not that Toll Road is bad, just that I like Trestle better). In all, I hiked 10.5 miles in a little over five hours. That time included a couple of 15 minute breaks along the way. Hiking through the mostly tree covered trail was nice; however, I think it would be a better hike during the winter when the leaves are off and the views will be fantastic. Just make sure to avoid the area during bear hunting season out of courtesy to the hunters.

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Maggie Pelick
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My AllTrails GPS was a little off but it was probably somewhere around 10ish miles from the Parkway to the Look out trail parking area along the toll road and the look out trail for the final bit. We had set up a shuttle to it one way. If you plan on doing this hike definitely have a map. With out a proper montreat area map you’re going to end up lost or at a different spot then you planned. Most of the toll road is marked with white but there are plenty of intersections where it gets confusing.

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Tom Bruce
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Track shown includes an aborted side trip to Rocky Knob which turned out to be strenuous. This is an iconic hike which begins at a gate on the Blue Ridge Parkway just below Mount Mitchell, one of the highest peaks in the eastern US. The old toll road was built in 1925 to enable transport from the town of Black Mountain, NC to Mount Mitchell. The trail is rocky places but wide for the most part with excellent views. At the lower end, near Montreat College, there are numerous trails that connect with Montreat. The tract shown ends on the Rainbow Mtn trail at a road junction in a residential area. A good map of the Montreat trails is very helpful.

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David Terrill
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Shelley Williams
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Ethan Holshouser
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John Stollery
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Michael Rounds
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Shelley Williams
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