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A dark view of Mount Mitchell State Park
Status of park facilities as of July 4rd   

 

The trails inside the state park are open, however, the portion of the Black Mountain Crest trail between Cattail Peak and Bollen's Creek remains closed. You may still hike from Mount Mitchell to Mount Craig and as far as Cattail Peak.

Restrooms are open.

The US Forest Service is not permitting camping  at Commissary Hill or Deep Gap. There is no overnight parking allowed at Mount Mitchell for those sites. 

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. 

The following facilities remain closed:
-  The Observation Tower on Weekends (Open during the week, unless overcrowding occurs.)
-  Restaurant
-  Gift Shop and Concessions
-  Museum
-  Park Office

With social distancing practices in place, it may be necessary to close the park gate during the day if overcrowding becomes a problem. 

Please check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly. 

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

 Last updated on: Saturday, July 4, 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
     
  • From May 9 to May 22, 2020, the park will close at sunset.
     
  • 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
     
  • The park office is currently closed until further notice.
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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

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

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  • May 24 to October 31:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • The concession stand and gift shop are currently closed until further notice.
     

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  • July 1 to October 31:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
    Friday through Sunday
     
  • At any other time:
    Please call the park office several days ahead of your visit to schedule this assistance.
     
  • This service is temporarily unavailable until further notice.
     

 

 

 

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.