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Mount Mitchell State Park open only from BRP North side.   

Mount Mitchell State Park is open and only accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway North by way of US Highway 80. The Blue Ridge Parkway South towards Ashville is still closed due to wind damage from hurricane Irma. Vistors travelling to Mount Mitchell from the South should use I-40 or US 19E to gain acess to Highway 80. Please continue to check our website for updates.

 Posted on: Friday, September 15, 2017 - 3:43pm

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


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