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Mount Mitchell State Park open only from BRP North side.   

Mount Mitchell State Park is open and only accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway North by way of US Highway 80. The Blue Ridge Parkway South towards Ashville is still closed due to wind damage from hurricane Irma. Vistors travelling to Mount Mitchell from the South should use I-40 or US 19E to gain acess to Highway 80. Please continue to check our website for updates.

 Posted on: Friday, September 15, 2017 - 3:43pm
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, 09/23/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

Come join a Ranger for a guided hike along our Balsam Nature Trail!

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/23/2017 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

Check out some of Mt. Mitchells illusive and mysterious canines that you might be able to see or hear during your visit.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/23/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

Come join one of our Rangers for a guided hike of the Balsam Nature Trail. Please register for the hike with the link provided, at GoHikeNC.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/23/2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

Meet with a Ranger to learn about the difference between camping within wilderness versus backcountry. Furthermore, to learn what the park service does to try and protect these areas.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/23/2017 - 5:00pm to 5:30pm
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