Check out the similarities and differences between the Black Bear in comparison to the Western Grizzly Bear.
Events and Programs
Mount Mitchell State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful.
Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.
Take a stroll with a ranger to learn about the beautiful wildflowers that are blooming here at Mt. Mitchell and few species blooming on the Parkway. Be prepared for a short hike on the Balsam Nature Trail.
Meet with a ranger to learn about the diversity of life found at the highest peak, Mt. Mitchell. From Big Black Bears, all the way to small rodents like the Cottontail Rabbit.
Learn more about how these mountains were formed and the different types of minerals you can find within the rocks.
Meet with the Naturalist to learn more about our nearest space object, the Moon! We will be able to see our Moon during the day time and learn about how the moon formed and why it is very important to Earth.
Mount Mitchell State Park
November - February: 7am - 6pm
March, April: - 7am - 8pm
September, October: 7am - 9pm
May - August: 7am - 10pm
Closed Christmas Day
Park Office Hours:
8am - 5pm Monday - Sunday, April - October
8am - 5pm Monday - Friday, November - March
May - October: 10am - 6pm
May 1 - August 31, 10am - 8pm daily
September 1 - October 31, 10am - 7pm daily
Concession Stand / Gift Shop:
May - October, 10am - 6pm daily