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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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⇒  CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS

Please note that temperature at the top of Mount Mitchell are often several degrees colder than the town of Burnsville. For current conditions, please see feed below from the NC High Peaks Trail Association's weather station at the top of Mount Mitchell.

 


 


2388 N.C. 128
Burnsville, NC 28714

828-675-4611
mount.mitchell@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.7528, -82.2737

 

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

Concession Stand / Gift Shop:
May - October, 10am - 6pm Thursday through Monday