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Mount Mitchell State Park

The observation deck at Mount Mitchell State Park
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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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Mount Mitchell State Park

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

Park Hours:

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

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

May through October: 10am - 6pm 

Restaurant 828-675-1024 
May 1 - August 31: 10am - 8pm daily
September 1 - October 31: 10am - 7pm daily

Concession Stand / Gift Shop
May - October: 10am - 7pm daily