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Park Closure - Snow   

Due to the incoming rain and snow, Mount Mitchell and the Blue Ridge Parkway will be closing at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 18th. The parkway closure will be from NC Hwy 80 (mile post 344) to Craggy Picnic Area (mile post 364) This will include back country access from the park. Please call the park for further information, and check the website for up-to-date closures, and reopenning status. Park Office: 828-675-4611.

 Last updated on: Thursday, April 18, 2019

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.


Meet with a ranger to learn about the Cultural and Natural History of Mt. Mitchell and the people who brought this natural wonder to life.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/20/2019 - 12:00pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

This Ranger led program educates people on on the importance of leave no trace on our delicate ecosystem. Perfect for kids from 4 to 104. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/20/2019 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area

Learn about the similarities and differences between the Grizzly Bear and the Black Bear. Learn their behaviors, food sources and what they look like. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/27/2019 - 12:00pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

Celebrate spring with a Ranger led hike along Commissary trail. This moderate trail offers beautiful views and a closer look at what's blooming. Hikers be prepared for a 2.4 mile hike. Please bring plenty of water and dress for the weather.

Date of Event:
Fri, 05/03/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Join a ranger on our Balsam 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:
Fri, 05/10/2019 - 12:00pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

2388 N.C. 128
Burnsville, NC 28714



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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 Thursday through Monday