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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.


Have you ever thought you would like to be a park ranger? Or what a great job that it must be. Join a ranger as they show you the insides and outs of most of the job duties of a, North Carolina State Park Ranger. A few might just surprise you. 

Date of Event:
Sun, 06/24/2018 - 12:00pm
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. 

Date of Event:
Mon, 07/02/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

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:
Sun, 07/08/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

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:
Wed, 07/11/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

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

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/14/2018 - 12:00pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

Mount Mitchell State Park

2388 State Highway 128
BurnsvilleNC 28714
Latitude: 35.752800
Longitude: -82.273700

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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