We plan to golf in Pinehurst over Memorial Day weekend and then head west to do some hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I've been checking out hiking guides suggested in this forum and Mt. Mitchell State Park seems interesting. On Mapquest, it appears the drive from Pinehurst is approximately 4 hours but it looks like it takes you way north on 1-80 to the BRP and then back way south. Does that sound correct? I'll also post in the Pinehurst forum, but it appears there is much more activity here, especially about hiking and the BRP. Thanks!