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Events and Programs

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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 a Ranger on our Commissary Trail to learn about the natural history behind Mt. Mitchell and to get an overall understanding of the ecology and wildlife found at the Highest Peak.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Main Office

Learn about the history behind the foundation of the State Park and the diversity of life the High Peak holds. Learn about lichens, mosses, mammals and reptiles found here at Mt. Mitchell.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

Meet with a Ranger to learn about how air quality can affect ecosystems and how humans can help change their outcome.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Education Center

Learn more about how these mountains were formed and the different types of minerals you can find within the rocks.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

Join a Ranger to learn how to identify wildflowers here at the Highest Peak East of the Mississippi and what others you may find on your drive on the BlueRidge Parkway. Be prepared for a hike on the Balsam Trail.

Date of Event:
Sun, 06/25/2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

Mount Mitchell State Park

2388 State Highway 128
BurnsvilleNC 28714
Latitude: 35.752800
Longitude: -82.273700

Park Hours:

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

Museum Hours
May - October: 10am - 6pm 

Restaurant Hours: 
May 1 - August 31, 10am - 8pm daily
September 1 - October 31, 10am - 7pm daily

Concession Stand / Gift Shop:
May - October, 10am - 6pm daily