This road leads to the Tahawus Ghost Town, a former mining town no longer open to the public. But the road leading up to it is a marvelous ride alternating deep forest, hidden meadows, bridges, lakes, and distant mountain vistas.
Rock hounds will find the abundance of mine tailings offer samples of granite, mica, and anorthosite. This was once the largest titanium mine in the world.
DISTANCE: Round trip: 14 miles. Paved road, mostly flat, narrow shoulders but very low traffic.
DIRECTIONS: From the intersection of Route 28N and Blue Ridge Road, look for the sign on the left, turning north onto the Tahawas Mine Road. Follow the road to the end, where a gate bars entrance, and turn around. There is also a hiking path trailhead right before the second bridge for more exploration.