Crossing the mountains into North Carolina

Trip Start Apr 06, 2014
Trip End Apr 20, 2014

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I-40 heads east from Knoxville and then cuts southeast over the mountains and through the Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests to Asheville. Since I didn't have a campground reservation I headed 10 miles SW of Asheville to Lake Powhatan Campground in the Pisgah National Forest. Got an amazing campsite in the woods, pull-through, electric & water, hot shower with 5 hooks for your stuff - and almost no one here!

I had hoped to join a naturalist-led "spring wildflowers" walk at the North Carolina Arboretum but it started to rain and it was cold... So I went to Plan B -- shopping. Drove the Blue Ridge Trail to the Folk Art Center. Amazing collection of quilts in the gallery plus lots of things to buy.

Next stop was Black Mountain and the Swannonoa Valley Museum. It was small but told the story of this valley in between mountains. Interesting display about bootleggers -- evidently this area was full of them for years. Also told the story of Black Mountain College, a liberal arts college founded by non-traditional teachers in the 1930's. The town of Black Mountain is full of shops and galleries featuring arts & crafts from local artists, so after coffee I checked several out. Learned about dulcimer a in a shop. Didn't buy one but did get a dulcimer CD.

Back at the campground I walked down to the lake and the campground. Stopped raining but a cool evening.
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Diane on

Plan B always works!

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