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Use extra caution on all trails!
Hiking trails eroded due to storm damage.

Concession Stand is operating Friday - Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm until further notice.

Given the continued threat of COVID-19 and variants of the virus, face masks are REQUIRED for indoor areas of Mount Mitchell State Park.
The following facilities are CLOSED for the year: 
     Restrooms at the Summit (Port-a-lets 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 at
(Mount Mitchell is located at Mile Marker 355.)

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes.

 Last updated on: Sunday, September 5, 2021

Map of North Carolina – Mount Mitchell State Park

Contact the park






Park office

2388 N.C. 128
Burnsville, NC 28714

GPS: 35.7528, -82.2737



  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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 


  • July 1 to October 31: Please call the park office several days ahead of your visit to schedule this assistance.




Scheduled events

Click here to view these events on our Calendar 


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.


Join park staff at the classroom near the summit tower to discuss key gear items that we recommend any hiker on Mount Mitchell to bring with them for day/multiday trips.

Date of Event:
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 9:00am
Start Location:

Join park staff on a moderate 0.75 mile hike through the spruce-fir forest and learn about the ecology and natural history of the park.

Date of Event:
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 11:00am
Start Location:

Join park staff on a moderate 0.75 mile hike through the spruce-fir forest and learn about the ecology and natural history of the park.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/25/2021 - 11:00am
Start Location:

Hike with the park naturalist 2 miles out and back on the Deep Gap trail to Mount Craig - the second highest peak east of the Mississippi River. This is a difficult hike on mountainous terrain with scenic views along the trail. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/25/2021 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Deep Gap Trailhead

Observe and learn about the wildflowers found in the Black Mountains. The hike begins at the park office at the Commissary Trailhead and is a 1 mile hike out and back.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/25/2021 - 4:30pm
Start Location:
Commissary Trail Head at Park Office