Exploring Pinnacle Mountain
Along the first mountain ridges you’ll encounter when driving west from Charlotte is a series of 2,500 foot peaks, formerly used by the large furniture manufacturers who have since left the state for Far East alternatives. The slopes are heavily wooded with Oak, Poplar, Hickory, Maple, and Beech. After the companies left, the land was sold to developers, who built roads from the valley to the elevations above 2,000 feet, and sold lots for vacation cabins. One of those “gated” enclaves is called Pinnacle Mountain, and is located ten miles northeast of Lake Lure.
The view to the east from an upper road is of the expansive Piedmont Plateau toward Charlotte….
From another high overlook, one see 4,000 foot Sugarloaf Mountain south of Lake Lure.
From an empty cabin, the northwest view is of the High Country and Roan Mountain along the Tennessee border.
Near sunset is a wonderful time to see the many ridges that accentuate the beauty of the Blue Ridge.
The high gravel road is steep and rutted at times, but the end result is well worth the effort.
This driveway mirror seemed the perfect place for a selfie when driving back down the mountain.
Pinnacle Peak after a March snow this year.
The view of Pinnacle Mountain at sunrise from my place can be breathtaking….
Pinnacle Peak from another angle at my favorite time of year.