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.
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.
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.
Meet with a Ranger to learn about how air quality can affect ecosystems and how humans can help change their outcome.
Learn more about how these mountains were formed and the different types of minerals you can find within the rocks.
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.
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