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First Day Hike


2388 N.C. 128
Burnsville, NC 28714

Office: 828-675-4611
Restaurant: 828-675-1888
mount.mitchell@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 35.7528, -82.2737

 

Hours

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  • 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
     

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  • 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
     

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  • May to October:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
     

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  • May 3 to August 31:
    11:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • September 1 to October 31:
    11:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • Next year (2020) the restaurant will be closed for renovations.
     

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  • May 24 to October 31:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
     

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  • July 1 to October 31:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
    Friday through Sunday
     
  • At any other time:
    Please call the park office several days ahead of your visit to schedule this assistance.
     

First Day Hike

Join us at Mt. Mitchell State Park and opt outside on New Year's Day for a strenous hike atop the Black Mountains ridgeline to Mount Craig.  Along the way learn about the unique high alpine environment that is more similar to Canada or Upstate New York, the flora and fauna found here, and what we Park Rangers do during the winter time. The hike is slightly less than 2 miles out and back in total, with roughly a 275 ft. elevation change that you get to experience twice, and will take approximately 2.5 - 3 hours depending on the pace of the group. Winter weather apparel (jacket, gloves, knit hat, and scarf/balaclava/buff) and insulated hiking boots with traction devices such as crampons are recommened as the trail can be icy and snowcovered at this time of year. Please ensure to bring a water bottle or hydration bladder at the very least and a granola bar or snack if you would like. Trekking poles are recommended for those wanting more support and stability. If the Blue Ridge Parkway and/or State Park is closed due to icy road conditions the hike will be rescheduled to the earliest available date the park reopens and I, Ranger Blackwell, am scheduled to be on duty. The hike could also be changed due to inclement weather or unsafe trail conditions occuring on the day, depending on the severity. If so, we would hike the Balsam Nature Trail instead which is only 3/4 mile long, rated as moderate, and takes approximately 1 hour.

Date of Event: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Start Location: 
Deep Gap Trail Head in the Picnic Area of the Lower Summit Parking Lot

Hike Length and Difficulty: 
2 miles, Difficult