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A dark view of Mount Mitchell State Park
Current status of park facilities   

Restrooms at the park office are open. The restrooms at the summit are closed.

The summit observation tower is now open every day. 

Picnic Shelters are available on a first come first serve basis, and are not reservable this time of year. 

The following facilities are closed for the season:    
- Restrooms at the Summit                                
- Campground                                                          
- Restaurant                                                            
- Gift shop and Snack Bar                                        
- Museum

The park office lobby area is open for self-service information from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.

Overnight parking is permitted for people backcountry camping in the surrounding National Forest. Please fill out a parking pass and leave it on the dashboard of your car. Passes are located in the boxes where the overnight parking signs are at the summit parking lot. There is no charge for this. The US Forest Service is not permitting camping at Commissary Hill at the moment. There is no overnight parking permitted at the park office. 

Please check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly. 

To check Blue Ridge Parkway road closures, please visit their website.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. 

 Last updated on: Saturday, February 27, 2021


Map of North Carolina – Mount Mitchell State Park


Contact the park
 

828-675-4611

mount.mitchell@ncparks.gov

 

Restaurant

828-675-1888
 


Address
 

Park office

2388 N.C. 128
Burnsville, NC 28714

GPS: 35.7528, -82.2737
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • November to March:
    9:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays; closed on weekends
     
  • April to October:
    9:00am to 5:00pm daily
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • The museum is currently closed until further notice.
     
  • May to October:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
     

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  • The restaurant is currently closed all year for renovations.
     
  • May 3 to August 31:
    11:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • September 1 to October 31:
    11:00am to 7:00pm
     

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  • May 24 to November 22:

Friday to Tuesday:
10:00am to 1:00pm, 2:00pm to 5:00pm 
 

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  • This service is temporarily unavailable until further notice.
     
  • July 1 to October 31:

Friday to Sunday:
10:00am to 6:00pm
 

  • At any other time:
    Please call the park office several days ahead of your visit to schedule this assistance.
     

 

 

 

Things to do

Hiking

The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

Picnicking

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.

Restaurant

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.