The Neil's Creek Neighborhood
When you come to visit us at our cabin home, you are coming 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 forest of the Eastern US. A portion of the land was donated by George Washington Vanderbilt II, who created the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.
Here's a map of Yancey County that can help you orient to the various locations and attractions here. Where are we on the map? The road that follows the edge of the Pisgah National Forest to the South is the Blue Ridge Parkway. The road that intersects that in the Southeast is Route 80. We are off that, about 1/4 of the way up to where Route 80 runs along the Yancey County border toward the Northeast side of the county.
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. 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 that 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 - and recently, the North Carolina Department of Transportation designated a loop of the Parkway, connected to the very Route 80 that comes within 3 miles of our cabin, to 19E and 19 through Burnsville as the Mount Mitchell Scenic Byway, a spectacular route for color. By the way - it's pretty special the rest of the year, too. Local residents go up to the Parkway for spring flowers as well!
Addresses on South Toe River Road, where the cabin is located, can be either listed as Burnsville, or Micaville. The next town North from the cabins is Celo.
Of practical concern, Celo is the location of the nearest medical facility, the Celo Health Center, 116 Seven Mile Ridge Road; (828) 675-4116. This facility is located right over the bridge at Seven Mile Ridge Road, which is a right turn off of Route 80 North on your way from the cabin up to Burnsville.
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 at Route 80, Micaville, NC 28755 (828) 675-0967, going North up to Burnsville.
The nearest post office is located at 551 Micaville Loop (this is where Route 80 intersects 19E into Burnsville), Micaville, NC 28755 (828) 675-4813.
Cell phones generally do not work at the cabin. Service is spotty up and down Route 80, so watch your phone's signal. In general, US Cellular and Verizon seem to have the best coverage in the mountains.
The mountains of Western North Carolina have been a summer getaway for folks from the North and South Carolina Piedmont, and later, Florida, since the 19th century. While noted for its cooler summer temperatures, it still can get hot in the mountains during the day. In the winter, freezing temperatures are not unusual. Fortunately, our cabin is located in an alpine valley. The elevation of roughly 3,000 feet makes for a cooler summer, but the flatness of the terrain makes it easier to reach in the winter. Except in very heavy snow, you do not need an all-terrain vehicle to reach us. A typical sedan is just fine, although you may want to consult with us about the best route to choose in the winter to avoid the most switchbacks. If you are coming from the direction of Asheville, the better route in questionable weather is Route 26 to 19E through Burnsville, and then 80S.
The region used to be dry, from the standpoint of alcohol. However, Burnsville, Spruce Pine and Marion now allow the sale of alcoholic beverages. As a result, you can purchase liquor in grocery stores, at the ABC store in Burnsville, Spruce Pine, or Marion, or order them at many restaurants. Burnsville Wine and ... has frequent wine tastings on Friday afternoons. Call first to confirm.
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