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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. 

The vehicle may carry as few or as many passengers as the registrant wishes to bring. Only family members or people who are in the same “social pod” should travel in a vehicle together. Drivers who cannot bring a family member or someone in their social pod must drive themselves. 

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

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

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. 

COVID Policy

  • Only family members or people who are in the same “social pod” may travel in a vehicle together. Unrelated 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.

Pricing and registration will be determined later in the year. Please fill out the form below to be contacted when registration is available.  We will contact you as soon as we have finalized our pricing, which will be dependent on our covid and transportation policy.





October 2
7:30 am - 6:30 pm


Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center


Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center
223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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