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Ascent of the Century

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Ascent of the Century

Celebrate 100 years of North Carolina State Parks at our first state park, Mount Mitchell. We’ll ascend nearly 4,000 feet in elevation in 6 miles to the 6,684 foot high summit of Mount Mitchell to join a celebration with music, food, history, and more.  Descent from the mountain will be by tour bus.  Spend two nights camping along the South Toe River and immerse yourself in the mountain atmosphere. There’s no better way to say Happy 100th Birthday to our fantastic state parks!

This trip is a partnership between North Carolina State Parks and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.  Registration fee of $75 covers camping, travel and some meals.  Minimum age of 12 and minors must be accompanied by a registered adult.  For registration form and more information vist:  or contact or

Date of Event: 
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 10:30am to Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 6:00pm
Start Location: 
Tour bus departing from Raleigh, NC. Or meet Friday Afternoon at Black Mountain Campground.

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