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A dark view of Mount Mitchell State Park
Gift Shop Closed for the Season on October 28th   

The Gift Shop will close for the season at 5:00pm on Thursday, October 28th. The Gift Shop will reopen May 2022.

 Last updated on: Saturday, October 16, 2021

First Come First Serve Campsites 10/16 - 10/31   

From Saturday October 16th - Sunday October 31st Mt. Mitchell State Park's 9 tent campsites are walk - in only. These sites will be first come first serve. If inclement weather occurs, the campground will be closed.

To book a campsite during walk-in dates:

  • Set up on an empty campsite.
  • Pay at the Park Office
  • If the Park Office is closed, you may pay the Ranger on Duty when he/she makes the evening rounds.


  • Campsite:  $26 per night (Includes a $3 Service Fee)
  • Active Military/Veteran/Senior (62 or older):  $20 per night (Includes a $3 Service Fee)
  • Firewood:  $5 per bundle

No Refunds

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Possible Daily October Closures   

During Leaf Season, park visitation increases. If the park reaches capacity, we will close the park for a certain amount of time to allow crowds to subside. This can happen daily, and park closure times vary depending on crowds, holidays, and weekends. Please plan your visit accordingly.

To avoid arriving during a Park Capacity Closure, arrive before 11:00 am or after 3:00 pm.

The Mt. Mitchell State Park website will be updated immediately as closures are posted and rescinded.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Map of North Carolina – Mount Mitchell State Park

Contact the park






Park office

2388 N.C. 128
Burnsville, NC 28714

GPS: 35.7528, -82.2737



  • 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


  • 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


  • May to October:
    10:00am to 6:00pm


  • 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


  • May 3 to October 28:

9:30am to 5:00pm 


  • July 1 to October 31: Please call the park office several days ahead of your visit to schedule this assistance.






Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathouses or pit toilets, or has electric hookup; and learn other important information.


Tent camping

The nine-site family campground is open from May 1 to October 31.

Each site is equipped with a grill and picnic table. Restrooms for use during warm seasons are located nearby. Showers and hot water are not provided.


Backpack camping

Campers may leave vehicles in the park overnight to backpack into the Pisgah National Forest.

Visitors who leave their vehicles in the park must register on the forms provided at the trailheads near the parking area or at the park office. Leave the form on the dashboard of your car. Mount Mitchell offers a choice of trails from which to enjoy the nearby alpine woodlands.


It is not uncommon to encounter black bears at Mount Mitchell State Park, particularly in warm weather months. Please read the information about bear awareness.


NOTE – Gate access for campers:

Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times for your protection. There will be no exiting or entering the gates after the closing time. All visitors who are not spending the night need to be out by closing time. If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the park office during office hours for the after-hours emergency phone number. Please notify camp hosts for emergencies only.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 4:00pm
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 3:00pm