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 Last updated on: Friday, August 16, 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.


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, 09/07/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

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. Perfect for a grandparent / grandchild outing!

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/07/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Outside Summit Gift Shop

Meet with the Naturalist 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, 09/07/2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:

Learn about what birds can thrive here at Mt. Mitchell and ones that are unique to the Black Mountain Range. Be prepared to take a easy hike on our Commissary Trail. Bring sturdy shoes and water. Binoculars are optional but recommended.

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/08/2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Park Office

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

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/08/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:

2388 N.C. 128
Burnsville, NC 28714

Office: 828-675-4611
Restaurant: 828-675-1888


Map of North Carolina

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:
    8:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays; closed on weekends
  • April to October:
    8:00am to 5:00pm daily
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • May to October:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
  • May 3 to August 31:
    11:00am to 6:00pm
  • September 1 to October 31:
    11:00am to 6:00pm
  • Next year (2020) the restaurant will be closed for renovations.
  • May 24 to October 31:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
  • July 1 to October 31:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
    Friday through Sunday