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Events and Programs

Mount Mitchell State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


Meet park staff at the education classroom and learn to identify Lichens and the important role that Lichens play in an Alpine Forest. Be prepared for a short hike along the Balsam Nature Trail (Weather permitting).
Length: 1hr                                Location: Education Classroom

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/15/2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Education Classroom

In celebration of National Trails Day come join park staff for a 2.3 mile round trip hike to the second highest peak east of the Mississippi Mount Craig. Named in honor of Governor Locke Craig (1913-1917) who was largely responsible for creating Mount Mitchell as North Carolina’s first state park; rising to 6,647 feet in elevation you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding watersheds. The hike is rated moderate to strenuous.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/03/2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Picnic Area

Celebrate National Grandparents Day by taking your grandparents or grandkids for a hike with a park ranger and learn about the natural and cultural histroy of Mt. Mitchell State Park.
Be prepared for a short hike on the Balsam Nature Trail 3/4 loop

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/10/2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Balsam Nature Trail (Upper Summit Parking Lot)

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