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

Restrooms are open.

The summit observation tower is now open every day. 

The gift shop and concessions are now open. It will be operating under reduced hours and will be debit/credit sales only. Face masks and social distancing required.
-  Friday - Tuesday
-  10:00 am - 5:30 pm

The park office lobby area is open for self-service information from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily.

The campground inside the park is open. Reservations required; no walk-ins permitted. Reserve online or by calling 1-877-722-6762. There is no check-in at the office. Please go straight to your campsite. No firewood is available for sale. Please bring your own kiln-dried firewood, available at most supermarkets and gas stations. The Campground is fully booked through the end of the Season (Oct. 15th), unless someone cancels.

The following facilities remain closed:
-  Restaurant 
-  Museum 

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, and the restaurant parking lots. 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: Thursday, September 10, 2020


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:
    8:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays; closed on weekends
     
  • April to October:
    8:00am 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 30:

Friday to Tuesday:
10:00am to 5:30pm
 

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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.
     

 

 

 

Educational programs

Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Mount Mitchell State Park. Check the Events calendar for more information.

To arrange a special exploration of Mount Mitchell State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.

Education Center

A fully equipped classroom is available for groups. Contact the park office for reservation information.

Educational materials about Mount Mitchell State Park have been developed for grades 4-6 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Mount Mitchell program introduces students to the forest types of the Blue Ridge Mountains, focusing on the potential causes for forest decline in the mountains and at Mount Mitchell. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators. 

Museum

Want to know how Mount Mitchell measures up? Check out the park's museum, and you'll find out how the east coast's highest peak stacks up against its neighbors as soon as you walk in the door. The 1,385-square-foot exhibit hall is llocated near the mountain's summit,It offers visitors insight into the mountain's natural, cultural and historical faces.

Exhibits include:

  • A life-size wood carving of "Big" Tom Wilson, the mountain guide who led a search for the person who first calculated Mount Mitchell to be the highest peak on the east coast. The statue was created by local award-winning carver David Boone.
  • A replica of "Big" Tom's cabin with historical artifacts and buttons that allow visitors to listen to four different stories about his life.
  • A three-dimensional topographic map of the Black Mountains with interactive buttons.
  • A geology section with a hands-on demonstration of a rock fault and four samples of the different rock types in the state park. Magnifying glasses are available for visitors who want a closer inspection.
  • Four dioramas that depict animal life in the state park.