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A dark view of Mount Mitchell State Park
Trail Closure   

The lower part of the Balsam Nature Trail will be closed from 7am to 5pm Tuesday August 3 until Friday August 6 2021 for trail improvements.

 Last updated on: Monday, August 2, 2021

2021 Gift Shop Hours   

Gift Shop Hours

July 31 to August 31:
 
Monday               9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday              Closed

Wednesday          9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday             9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Friday                 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday             9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday               9:30 am - 5:00 pm

 Last updated on: Saturday, July 31, 2021

Current status of park facilities   

The following facilities are CLOSED for the year:  

     Restaurant

     Concessions

     Restrooms at the Summit (Portalets only)      

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 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: Wednesday, June 30, 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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  • 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
     


 

  • May 3 to October 31:

9:30am 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.
     

 

 

 

Camping

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AMENITIES:

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:

Sunday, August 8, 2021 - 11:00am
Sunday, August 8, 2021 - 2:00pm
Monday, August 9, 2021 - 11:00am