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A snow-covered scenic view at Mount Mitchell State Park
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Mt. Mitchell State Park Closed to Vehicle Traffic on Aug. 27th   

Access to Mt. Mitchell State Park from the Blue Ridge Parkway will be closed to all vehicle traffic on Saturday, August 27th. Mt. Mitchell State Park will be hosting the signature Centennial Celebration for N.C. State Parks and will provide shuttle services to the park from several regional locations to ensure that visitors may attend the event in a safe and enjoyable manner. Shuttles will not stop to pick up or drop off anywhere along the travel route. Please refer back to the park website for more information on shuttle pick up locations and event plans as we get closer to August 27th.

 Posted on: Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 4:05pm

Mount Mitchell State Park

One of those places that stand apart from the ordinary, Mount Mitchell’s dramatic summit is the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet and was inspiration for one of the nation’s first state parks. From its easily accessible observation deck, the spruce-fir forest of Mount Mitchell State Park leads the eye to unmatched views. A museum explains the mountain’s cultural and natural history, and its trail network allows visitors to explore up close, offering short hikes near the summit and challenging treks leading to adjacent wilderness areas. A nine-site tent campground is open in warm-weather months, and backpacking opportunities abound, including entry onto the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail. A concession area and a full-service restaurant serve visitors from May to October.

Campers and hikers, please read the Bear Advisory.

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Nearby Attraction
Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Western Regional Archives

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Seasonal Job Opportunities!

Mount Mitchell State Park currently has three seasonal job opportunities: (2) Refreshment Stand/Gift Shop Attendant; (1) General Utility Worker.

Main duties for Refreshment Stand/Gift Shop Attendant: Greeting visitors and answering questions, using credit card processing system and cash register, tagging and stocking merchandise.

Main duties for General Utility Worker: Mowing, weed clearing, cleaning facilities, assisting maintenance personnel, general park maintenance.

Knowledge of Mount Mitchell and the surrounding area is a plus!


Mount Mitchell State Park

2388 State Highway 128
BurnsvilleNC 28714
Latitude: 35.752800
Longitude: -82.273700

Park Hours:

November - February: 7am - 6pm
March, April: - 7am - 8pm
September, October: 7am - 9pm
May - August: 7am - 10pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office Hours:
8am - 5pm Monday - Sunday, April - October
8am - 5pm Monday - Friday, November - March

Museum Hours
May - October: 10am - 6pm 

Restaurant Hours: 
May 1 - August 31, 10am - 8pm daily
September 1 - October 31, 10am - 7pm daily

Concession Stand / Gift Shop:
May - October, 10am - 6pm daily