Due to the incoming rain and snow, Mount Mitchell and the Blue Ridge Parkway will be closing at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 18th. The parkway closure will be from NC Hwy 80 (mile post 344) to Craggy Picnic Area (mile post 364) This will include back country access from the park. Please call the park for further information, and check the website for up-to-date closures, and reopenning status. Park Office: 828-675-4611.Last updated on: Thursday, April 18, 2019
The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.
Try a mile-high picnic at Mount Mitchell. The shady picnic area, open year-round, is located at the north end of the summit parking lot. Forty picnic tables, stone grills and drinking water supply all the essentials. Two picnic shelters with fireplaces are perfect for group picnics. Each shelter accommodates up to 16 people. Use of the shelters is free of charge unless reservations are requested.
Concession Stand / Gift Shop
A concession stand and gift shop, adjacent to the summit parking lot, is open daily from May through October from 10am until 6pm. Light snacks, crafts and books may be purchased here. Restrooms are also available.
Enjoy a relaxing meal in the restaurant located approximately a half mile from the park office. Open May through October, hungry hikers and tourists will enjoy the restaurant's food as well as its scenic views. Open 7 days a week from 10am until one hour before park closing May through October.
2388 N.C. 128
Burnsville, NC 28714
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
May - October: 10am - 6pm
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