If we want to jump straight on to the parkway, the ingles is great. We can ride the parkway and get off at 80 or got past little switzerland and get off 226; and then towards burnsville/mt mitchell.
But on the other hand if we start in marion, get on 80 (which is crazy curvy), skip getting on the parkway, we'll come out on micaville. then just hang a left and go towards burnsville/mt mitchell. I know mapquest shows 226 on this route, but that way is soooo boring!! We'd no doubt get behind a farm truck do 30-40 mph.
I haven't been to mt michell in years, but I'm very familiar with all the back roads and parkway around this area (Burnsville, Asheville, Marion). Other route options are available. There's a restaurant in little switzerland ( right off the parkway), mt mitchell has a restaurant (never eaten there) and lots of places (mainly fast food) in burnsville.