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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.


In celebration of National Trails Day come join park staff for a 2.3 mile round trip hike to the second highest peak east of the Mississippi Mount Craig. Named in honor of Governor Locke Craig (1913-1917) who was largely responsible for creating Mount Mitchell as North Carolina’s first state park; rising to 6,647 feet in elevation you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding watersheds. The hike is rated moderate to strenuous.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/03/2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Picnic Area

Celebrate National Grandparents Day by taking your grandparents or grandkids for a hike with a park ranger and learn about the natural and cultural histroy of Mt. Mitchell State Park.
Be prepared for a short hike on the Balsam Nature Trail 3/4 loop

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/10/2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Balsam Nature Trail (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