Mount Mitchell Tower Closure...

Mount Mitchell Tower Closure...

Joined: April 27th, 2004, 6:37 pm

October 2nd, 2006, 3:09 pm #1


The tower at Mount Mitchell is closed for visitation. The notice on their website is:

NOTICE: The observation tower and tower trail will be closed due to construction until further notice. There will also be trail detours on Old Mitchell Trail, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Balsam Nature Trail.

I have contacted the Admin Office and received this response;

"Good morning, The tower trail and observation tower are closed. You can drive to the summit parking area where the concession stand, gift store and museum are located. Due to the dangerous conditions, no one is allowed inside of the construction area. Even park staff are not allowed inside of the closed area. This construction will be ongoing at least until the spring of 2007 and possibly later, depending on weather conditions. Have a nice day. Renee Baranczyk, Office Assistant"

As a side note: A short section of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, NC is closed for bridge repair until late October. The Sims Creek Bridge detour at Milepost 295 takes visitors only four miles off of the Parkway and is well marked. This closure will probably slow visitation to some as well. A friend of mine is over there now working as an engineer for the DOT and he thinks the construction will go longer on the bridge.

Stay tune for more information.

Craig
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Joined: January 22nd, 2004, 8:36 pm

October 3rd, 2006, 4:48 pm #2

Craig,

Does this mean no climbing to the summit until at least Spring '07? I really appreciate you posting this since I was planning to visit Mitchell this winter as my last in the SE region. You've saved me a plane ticket and many other travel expenses!

Thanks,
Daniel
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 3:15 pm

October 5th, 2006, 9:24 pm #3

The tower at Mount Mitchell is closed for visitation. The notice on their website is:

NOTICE: The observation tower and tower trail will be closed due to construction until further notice. There will also be trail detours on Old Mitchell Trail, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Balsam Nature Trail.

I have contacted the Admin Office and received this response;

"Good morning, The tower trail and observation tower are closed. You can drive to the summit parking area where the concession stand, gift store and museum are located. Due to the dangerous conditions, no one is allowed inside of the construction area. Even park staff are not allowed inside of the closed area. This construction will be ongoing at least until the spring of 2007 and possibly later, depending on weather conditions. Have a nice day. Renee Baranczyk, Office Assistant"

As a side note: A short section of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, NC is closed for bridge repair until late October. The Sims Creek Bridge detour at Milepost 295 takes visitors only four miles off of the Parkway and is well marked. This closure will probably slow visitation to some as well. A friend of mine is over there now working as an engineer for the DOT and he thinks the construction will go longer on the bridge.

Stay tune for more information.

Craig
The Membership Guy

After all the construction and bulldozing and tower building and sidewalk replacement, it will be interesting to see where the remaining highest natural ground will be on Mt. Mitchell.

When the tower is reopened, I hope someone can go there to 1) take a photo of the tower for the Club newsletter, and 2) assess where the new highest natural ground is located. Years from now, it may be impossible to tell natural remaining ground from reseeded reworked land.

For those of you who visit this site during construction, please send me a photo of the highest point you can reach without illegally breaching the construction perimeter. Also let me know if they allow escorts during shift changes (which I doubt).
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

October 5th, 2006, 10:22 pm #4

Will those of us who haven't yet completed the 50 be required to go back??????

(Please say yes, please say yes, please say yes!!!!)
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Joined: June 21st, 2006, 11:43 am

October 6th, 2006, 9:46 am #5

After all the construction and bulldozing and tower building and sidewalk replacement, it will be interesting to see where the remaining highest natural ground will be on Mt. Mitchell.

When the tower is reopened, I hope someone can go there to 1) take a photo of the tower for the Club newsletter, and 2) assess where the new highest natural ground is located. Years from now, it may be impossible to tell natural remaining ground from reseeded reworked land.

For those of you who visit this site during construction, please send me a photo of the highest point you can reach without illegally breaching the construction perimeter. Also let me know if they allow escorts during shift changes (which I doubt).
A friend of mine is driving out East from Wisconsin in about a week to do as many highpoints as time allows.(IN, OH, PA, MD, WV, VA, KY, NC, TN, SC, GA, MS, MO.) He has over a week of vacation time to use. If he finds a way to the Mount Mitchell parking lot will it count as a State highpoint? Or..should he skip it and wait till another time? He has 5 highpoints to date (WA, NV, AZ, IL, MN).
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Joined: November 1st, 2003, 10:43 pm

October 6th, 2006, 2:56 pm #6

I might inclined to read "Closed for Construction" as "Closed during Construction." I can imagine that the parking lot is a lonely place at, say, 9:00 pm. Don't get me wrong. I would NEVER cross a No Trespassing sign. Just like I have never crossed a No Trespassing sign twice before.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 3:15 pm

October 6th, 2006, 4:07 pm #7

A friend of mine is driving out East from Wisconsin in about a week to do as many highpoints as time allows.(IN, OH, PA, MD, WV, VA, KY, NC, TN, SC, GA, MS, MO.) He has over a week of vacation time to use. If he finds a way to the Mount Mitchell parking lot will it count as a State highpoint? Or..should he skip it and wait till another time? He has 5 highpoints to date (WA, NV, AZ, IL, MN).
The Club provides a list of state highpoints in the Annual Directory.
The Club disseminates information about conditions and restrictions at highpoints.
The Club provides a Liaison for the owners of highpoints.
The Club recognizes owners' wishes and rules for access.
The Club promotes the claims of people reaching highpoints (Milestones column).
The Club promotes the claims of completion (Completer writeups).

The Club does not verify claims of completion (or records).

On one occasion (in RI), the Club agreed to use the highway sign as an alternate to the true HP in an effort to keep people from violating the access restriction.

Most highpointers feel they must reach the top of the landscape feature to count the highpoint. Most highpointers honor the wishes and rules of the owners. Often, access to highpoints is temporarily closed. This can be due to owners' rules or weather. It has always been proven to be temporary.

If the Club agreed to recognize the parking lot as the HP for the next 10 months, would that make it valid in your mind? That question is up to you as a highpointer.

I must say that the Club does recognize that the parking lot at Mt.Mitchell is the highest legally accessible point of land in NC at the present time. So I guess you could say it officially is the highpoint. But my guess is that most highpoints would return to pick up the true highest ground when it becomes open.

Craig - feel free to add your take on this (or anyone else)
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Joined: January 6th, 2006, 7:55 pm

October 6th, 2006, 6:38 pm #8

A friend of mine is driving out East from Wisconsin in about a week to do as many highpoints as time allows.(IN, OH, PA, MD, WV, VA, KY, NC, TN, SC, GA, MS, MO.) He has over a week of vacation time to use. If he finds a way to the Mount Mitchell parking lot will it count as a State highpoint? Or..should he skip it and wait till another time? He has 5 highpoints to date (WA, NV, AZ, IL, MN).
........on your friend. It would be a personal and individual decision. I know it would not work for me. Looks like your friend has more then enough highpoints to experience in "over a week" after driving from Wiconsin to leave the "real" highpoint of NC for another time.

The Closed "during" Construction would work too.
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Joined: April 20th, 2004, 7:19 pm

October 6th, 2006, 8:06 pm #9

The Club provides a list of state highpoints in the Annual Directory.
The Club disseminates information about conditions and restrictions at highpoints.
The Club provides a Liaison for the owners of highpoints.
The Club recognizes owners' wishes and rules for access.
The Club promotes the claims of people reaching highpoints (Milestones column).
The Club promotes the claims of completion (Completer writeups).

The Club does not verify claims of completion (or records).

On one occasion (in RI), the Club agreed to use the highway sign as an alternate to the true HP in an effort to keep people from violating the access restriction.

Most highpointers feel they must reach the top of the landscape feature to count the highpoint. Most highpointers honor the wishes and rules of the owners. Often, access to highpoints is temporarily closed. This can be due to owners' rules or weather. It has always been proven to be temporary.

If the Club agreed to recognize the parking lot as the HP for the next 10 months, would that make it valid in your mind? That question is up to you as a highpointer.

I must say that the Club does recognize that the parking lot at Mt.Mitchell is the highest legally accessible point of land in NC at the present time. So I guess you could say it officially is the highpoint. But my guess is that most highpoints would return to pick up the true highest ground when it becomes open.

Craig - feel free to add your take on this (or anyone else)
remember this?



I actually did trespass to get to the highest ground..
does that make me any more of less of a highpointer?

you could argue either way.

I personally wouldn't have counted it.. but that's just me. far be it from me to tell you what your goals should be.

-steve
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Joined: January 22nd, 2004, 5:48 am

October 7th, 2006, 1:06 am #10

A friend of mine is driving out East from Wisconsin in about a week to do as many highpoints as time allows.(IN, OH, PA, MD, WV, VA, KY, NC, TN, SC, GA, MS, MO.) He has over a week of vacation time to use. If he finds a way to the Mount Mitchell parking lot will it count as a State highpoint? Or..should he skip it and wait till another time? He has 5 highpoints to date (WA, NV, AZ, IL, MN).
Didn't Sigmund talk about that at one time? As I've said before, questions such as this can only be resolved by reaching a decision with your inner demons. UUHHMM... could somebody pass the Thorazine?
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