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2388 N.C. 128
Burnsville, NC 28714

Office: 828-675-4611
Restaurant: 828-675-1888
mount.mitchell@ncparks.gov

 

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

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  • May 3 to August 31:
    11:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • September 1 to October 31:
    11:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • Next year (2020) the restaurant will be closed for renovations.
     

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  • May 24 to October 31:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
     

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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.
     
PARK CLOSED   

Mount Mitchell State Park is closed until further notice due to health and safety concerns for visitors and staff.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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.