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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.


Take a stroll with a ranger to learn about the beautiful wildflowers that are blooming here at Mt. Mitchell and a few species blooming on the Parkway. Be prepared  for a short hike on the Balmsam Nature Trail.

Date of Event:
Fri, 04/20/2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Education Classroom - Balsam Nature Trailhead

Join a ranger to learn about the diversity of life found here at Mt. Mitchell State Park and what they eat and where you might be able to see these mysterious creatures.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/21/2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:

Get involved this Earth Day with Mount Mitchell State Park! What better way to celebrate Earth Day than helping to maintain a beautiful and unique enviornment? Join a ranger as you assist in cleaning up our scenic Commissary Trail. Volunteers will be provided saftey equipment, bags, beverages, and transportation. Dress appropriately for the weather and pack a lunch. For more information, contact the Park Office at (828) 675-4611.

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/22/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Park Office

Learn about the similarities and differences between the grizzly bear and the black bear. Learn their different behaviors, food sources, and what to do if you see one.

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/05/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

Join a ranger on the Balsam Nature Trail to learn about the natural history behind Mount Mitchell and to get an overall understanding of the ecology and wildlife found at the Highest Peak.

Date of Event:
Sun, 05/06/2018 - 1:00pm
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