Several scholars of historical studies reviewed the film for its representation of North Carolina during the Civil War, especially the state's mountainous western region. Their justification is the effect popular media have on national and worldwide perceptions of Appalachian people, particularly southern Appalachians in this case. The opinions vary, but the consensus among them is the historical context of the movie is close to the scholarship.
Cold Mountain, where the film is set, is a real mountain located within the Pisgah National Forest, Haywood County, North Carolina. It was filmed mostly in Romania, with numerous scenes filmed in Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The film was one of an increasing number of Hollywood productions made in eastern Europe as a result of lower costs in the region; and because, in this instance, Transylvania having fewer infrastructure like power cables and paved roads was less marked by modern life than the Appalachians.
Can't make it to Scotland or Switzerland anytime soon to hike those spectacular high mountain meadows Well right here in the Old Dominion we have the next best thing! Every hiker in the mid-Atlantic should hike Cold Mountain at least once. The 360 meadow views from the saddle are are some of the best on the east coast.
Continue up the Hotel Trail for 0.5 miles to the intersection of the AT. Turn right/north on the white blazed AT and make two switchbacks, pass two view points, then arrive at the first open meadow and 4033ft summit of Cold Mountain in 1.2 miles. Continue, passing through a small stand of trees before reaching the the main Cold Mountain saddle, and largest of the high mountain meadows. The saddle provides a 360 panoramas with views of Pompey Mountain and Mount Pleasant.
Cold Mountain, North Carolina, located 35 miles from Asheville, has received notoriety from the best-selling Charles Frazier novel Cold Mountain and the acclaimed 2003 motion picture. The movie was filmed in Romania; however, the mountain scenery is very similar to the real Cold Mountain area. There is not an actual town of Cold Mountain. The mountain itself (elevation 6,030 feet) is part of the Shining Rock Wilderness area in Pisgah National Forest. Since Cold Mountain is in a national forest, it is still in its natural state (much as it was during the Civil War) and requires a strenuous 10-mile roundtrip hike to reach its summit. However, you can enjoy beautiful views of the mountain from your car via the Blue Ridge Parkway or a shorter hike to the top of Mount Pisgah (see below).
Since the hike is in a wilderness area, there are no signs or trail markers. Only experienced, in-shape hikers should tackle this mountain. The trail is well-worn, so it's fairly easy to follow. Read more about the Cold Mountain hike.
Scenic Driving LoopThis approximately 85-mile loop drive combines the two below routes for the beginning of the Cold Mountain hiking trail. It is a beautiful, hilly, curvy drive through a very rural mountain area. Allow 3-4 hours. As noted earlier, this section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed for much of the winter.- Travel south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. For the best view of Cold Mountain, stop to hike Mt. Pisgah at Milepost 407. Continue south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping at Cold Mountain overlook at Milepost 411.9. (See above \"Best Places to View.\")- At Milepost 423.2, take NC Highway 215 north for 13 miles.- If you want to drive an extra 8 miles roundtrip to go to the base of the hiking trail, turn right onto Little East Fork Road. Views of the mountain are limited.- Continue for 5 miles. NC Highway 215 will turn into Highway 110. Continue 5.3 miles.- In Canton, turn right onto Highway 19/23 north.- Turn left onto Church Street, and right on Newfound Road.- Go 1.6 miles to I-40 East to return to Asheville.
The mission of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is to conserve the unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, farmland, scenic beauty, and places for all people to enjoy outdoor recreation in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, enduring for future generations. We achieve this through long-term conservation relationships with private landowners and public agencies and owning and managing land. We are committed to creating and supporting equitable, healthy and thriving communities for everyone in our region.
The trail dives through a grove of rhododendron and mountain laurel at 1 mile, veering east and passing a small campsite. The hike climbs a rustic wooden stairway and then begins following an old, gravel roadbed at 1.5 miles. Dipping elevation briefly, the Art Loeb Trail crosses a shaded, trickling stream at 1.9 miles.
The hike resumes its climb, crossing a creek and tunneling through dense mountain laurel. The trail passes a campsite at 2.35 miles, and the climb intensifies as the Art Loeb Trail carves through switchbacks in the rocky, leafy, lush forest.
Cold Mountain is located in the Shining Rock Wilderness, a part of the Pisgah National Forest, approx. 20 miles south west of Asheville, North Carolina. Cold Mountain is centrally located in the mountains of southwestern North Carolina. Its close neighbors include the Smoky and Great Balsm Mountains to the west and the crown of the Appalachians, the Black Mountain Range and Mt. Mitchell to the North East. Even so, Cold Mountain remains largely undiscovered to most hikers who come to the area. There are only two possible routes to the summit and they are not short or well graded. This is why Cold Mountain remains largely unvisited in an area where roads and paved paths lead to many of the areas highest peaks. The summit is reached either from the south or the west via the Art Loeb Trail and Cold Mountain Trail.The easiest, but longest, option is from the Black Balsam Area to the south. This is a 8.5 mile hike ONE WAY but the elevation gain/loss is minimal and there are many fine campsites along the way should you decide to stay overnight. The Art Loeb Trail heads north from a small pull off along the Black Balsam Knob Road about 1 mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway at an elevation of 5800 ft. The trail quickly ascends onto the bald, grassy ridge w/ 360 degree views and passes over Black Balsam Knob(6214 ft.) at 0.6 mi. and Tennant Mtn(6046 ft.) at 1.6 mi. before descending sharply back into the trees to Ivestor Gap after 2.4 mi. At Ivestor Gap there are multiple trail junctions. The Art Loeb Trail soon meets the Grassy Cove Trail which heads right at 2.8 mi. and continues to Shining Rock Gap at 4.2 mi. Here the trail con get confusing. Ahead you will see three trails heading right center and left. The Art Loeb Trail goes LEFT. Follow the trail over Stairs Mtn(5869 ft) and then on to Deep Gap at 7 mi. From here the Art Loeb Trail heads left and ahead its Cold Mountain Trail. Cold Mountain Trail ascends over 1000 feet in the 1.5 miles it takes to reach the summit. Backtrack or descend to alternate P.A. if you bring two vehicles by way of second route.
There are no fees to for hiking or camping in the Shining Rock Wilderness. However, if you are planning to hike Cold Mountain during the winter months (Oct.-Apr.) you should call the info line below to check on Parkway Closures. The Blue Ridge Parkway is closed during periods of ice and snow. Your only access to the mountain would then be Camp Daniel Boone.Blue Ridge Parkway Info: 828-298-0398There are numerous backcountry campsites located along the Art Loeb and Cold Mountain Trails. There are no permits or fees to be obtained. Keep in mind though that inside Shining Rock Wilderness there a no fires permitted and groups are limited to 10 or less.
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Since this is COLD Mountain, we believe the most appropriate finisher swag is a beautiful scarf. We are working to have a logoed scarf for all of those who finish the climb to the top and back down our COLD mountain! (No additional swag planned in order to deliver a quality scarf) 59ce067264