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Current status of park facilities   

The following facilities are CLOSED for the year:  



     Restrooms at the Summit (Portalets 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.

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

 Last updated on: Tuesday, May 25, 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


  • This service is temporarily unavailable until further notice.
  • July 1 to October 31:

Friday to Sunday:
10:00am to 6:00pm

  • At any other time:
    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.


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:
Fri, 06/25/2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Commissary trail head at park office

This program will discuss the different types of animals on Mount Mitchell and the unique qualities that these animals have such as their fur and their skulls. We can tell a lot from looking at an animals skull such as the type of diet this animal eats based off its teeth and the traits that this animal utilizes most for hunting or escaping from predators. 

Date of Event:
Sun, 06/27/2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Classroom Building

After a half century of devestating ecological impact of various origins, the trees at Mount Mitchell have made a surprising recovery. Learn about the history of the trees here and the potential future of the forest.

Date of Event:
Sun, 06/27/2021 - 2:00pm
Start Location:

Have you ever wanted to go on a hike with a Park Ranger? Now's your chance! We will meet outside the Education Center near the trailhead for the Balsam Nature Trail. Ranger Blackwell will lead you a gudied 3/4 mile hike through a high-elevation spruce-fir forest. We'll stop at some of the interpretive wayside signs along the way and discuss the unique environment, species, and history of Mt. Mitchell State Park. Feel free to ask questions along the way. Appropriate footwear, such as sandals with a backstrap, tennis shoes, or hiking boots are recommended.

Date of Event:
Mon, 06/28/2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Education Center

Can you tell the differences between cats and dogs? Test your knowledge by matching paw prints, skulls, and pelts of the various wild felines and canines found in the park. 

Date of Event:
Tue, 06/29/2021 - 11:00am
Start Location: