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Old Toll Road 4WD Caravan to Camp Alice

October 2 @ 7:30 am - 6:30 pm

Join us for this popular 4-wheel drive caravan up the historic Old Toll Road to Camp Alice on Mt. Mitchell. Once a major tourist attraction, the “Old Toll Road” made the “apex of Appalachia accessible” for the cost of $1 per person. As many as 150 cars drove the road each day. The opening of the modern, paved Blue Ridge Parkway in 1939, which provided free access to Mount Mitchell, led to the road’s closure. Today, the remnants of the former toll road remain undisturbed and the lands around it, undeveloped. We will make stops for panoramic views and historical presentations.

Note: This event will begin at 7:30am and end in the evening, roughly between 4:30pm and 6:30pm. 

This year we are charging per vehicle instead of per person in order to keep the chances of transmitting covid-19 low. The cost per vehicle is $175 for non-members, and $150 for museum members. Some fees apply. As many people as wished may ride in each vehicle.

Rides in truck beds may be available from Toll Road leaders, but their availability is uncertain at this time. As many as 4 people in the same “pod” can ride together in a truck leader’s bed. A truck bed can also hold a maximum of two people from different pods to keep any chances of transmission low. In the latter case, both attendees will be asked to wear masks. Riding in truck beds is restricted to ages 16 or older, and would cost $50 per member, $75 per non-member, with some fees applied.

Vehicle Requirements: Drivers must bring vehicles that meet the following criteria-

  • 4×4 
  • Transmission with extra low gears
  • Proper ground clearance. 

TO REGISTER: Your vehicle must get clearance from our trip leader prior to registering as a driver. Please contact us at svmvolunteer@gmail.com to get clearance and receive the registration link. If you wish to ride as an individual, email svmvolunteer@gmail.com. 

COVID Policy

  • Only family members or people who are in the same “social pod” may travel in a vehicle together. Unassociated attendees will not be asked to ride in a vehicle together.
  • All attendees, volunteers and hike leaders are required to bring masks and social distancing must be observed. Attendees and hike leaders must wear masks properly, covering noses and mouths, during talks outside the vehicles and during assembly for lunch at Camp Alice (but not during lunch). 
  • The sign-in for the event will be conducted outdoors, at the parking lot of the Black Mountain Savings Bank.







October 2
7:30 am - 6:30 pm


Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center


Black Mountain Savings Bank
200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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