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The Neil's Creek Neighborhood

Welcome to beautiful Yancey County, the land of Mount Mitchell and the Pisgah National Forest. As of 2007, the Pisgah National Forest had 510,113 acres. It was established in 1916, making it one of the older national forests of the Eastern United States. A portion of the land was donated by George Washington Vanderbilt II, who created the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. Here's a simple map of our area that can help orient you to Highway 80. For those of you interested in planning your trip according to the Autumn leaf season, here's a map of typical leaf color peak times in Western North Carolina. Looking at their map, the heavy dark line to the east of Asheville and south of Mount Mitchell is the Blue Ridge Parkway. We are in the zone to the east of Mt. Mitchell where the color display peaks around October 7th. Leaf color is usually evident from the end of September until the end of October, but this is variable from year to year. The best place to see color? Everyone around here thinks of the Blue Ridge Parkway, conveniently only 4 miles from our cabin. Addresses on South Toe River Road, where the cabin is located, can be either listed as Burnsville, Micaville, Celo, Busick, or South Toe. So, you can pretty much find us by typing in most any of the small communities in our area. Just remember, cell service is VERY spotty in the mountains, and many times your GPS will get confused when you are sometimes winding in a 360 degree circle around some of the mountains (go back! go back!). It never hurts to always travel with a real paper map when dealing with mountains - or at least remember to keep a copy of our directions page loaded on your phone before you arrive in our area. Another feature of our rural area is that there is no trash pick-up at the cabin. The nearest place to drop your trash off is the Yancey County Convenience Center, 300 Hickory Springs Road, Micaville, NC 28755 (828) 675-0967. It’s located off Highway 80 North going toward Burnsville. They’re open Monday through Saturday 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Cell phone service has been improved in recent years, but providers may not have coverage at the cabin. Service is spotty up and down Route 80. In general, US Cellular and Verizon seem to have the best coverage in the mountains. You may also be able to link your cell phone to the wifi in the cabin. The mountains of Western North Carolina have been a summer getaway for folks from the North and South Carolina Piedmont, and Florida, since the 19th century. While noted for its cooler summer temperatures, it still can get hot in the mountains during the day. Fortunately, our cabin is located in an alpine valley at an elevation of roughly 3,000 feet, making for a cooler summer. In the winter, freezing temperatures are not unusual. The flatness of the terrain is easy to reach if there is snow, and walking is a great activity during all seasons. Except in very heavy snow (a rarity), you will not need an all-terrain vehicle to reach us: a typical sedan is just fine. If you are coming from the direction of Asheville, the better route in questionable weather is 19/23 (Future I-26) to Exit 9/19E through Burnsville, and then 80S. We do recommend that you try to arrive before it gets dark, for three reasons. First, because the last mile or so, being a forest road, does not have street lights. Second, being a forest road, it’s not paved, and you might want maximum visibility. And lastly, there is no outside light at the cabin, for which reason we suggest bringing a flashlight. The night sky is quite a sight!
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