MTS—French Broad Overlook to Route 25

Posted By on November 5, 2020

MTS—French Broad Overlook to Route 25

6.6 miles; 507 feet ascent; Asheville and Arden, NC

Did my “Lyft” thing today. Parked at the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Parking area off Route 25 and got a Lyft ride to the French Broad Overlook and hiked back. This is much better for me than an out-and-back, because I am so deeply and fundamentally lazy that I will give up and turn around WAY before I get to the spot I previously designated to turn around at.

French Broad Overlook

This parking area on the Blue Ridge Parkway really is a wonderful spot to look out over the French Broad River. It’s quite the view.

Mountains-to-Sea Trail Marker

I would love to do more of this trail, but I have a feeling that there aren’t too many places that it passes through that would lend themselves to the old “Lyft” trick, at least not on its western end. I mean, you need cellphone service. And drivers who are willing to go out into the wilderness.

Crossing Route 26

Like the Blue Ridge Parkway that it parallels, the MTS Trail also crosses Interstate 26. As you can see they’re currently widening the highway. Part of that project will involve re-routing the BRP itself, and moving the bridge over the highway a little to the north.

Left High and Dry

The MTS has a lot of water crossings, but they are all very nicely bridged, thankyouverymuch. I noticed this tiny blue rubber ducky on a rock in the middle of one of those, kind of left high and dry. Wonder if the next rain will let him continue his journey…

You can find out more about the Mountains-to-Sea Trail from their website. As always, click the image above for details about this hike and to download the gps track.


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