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Mount Mitchell Trail

Today, this is the trail mainly used to climb Mount Mitchell. The trail begins at the Black Mountain Campground (operated by the U.S. Forest Service) and ends at the summit. This 6-mile trail requires about 4.5 hours of strenuous hiking to reach the top and 3.5 hours to return. Numerous dead trees (killed mainly by sub-zero temperatures and high winter winds) are seen as hikers near the top of Mount Mitchell.

ALERT: Mount Mitchell State Park does NOT provide a shuttle service back to trail head at Black Mountain Campground. Arrangements can be made with (Hiker Transport) Yancey County Transit Authority at 828-682-6144 (requires 48-hour advanced notice and fee).

ALERT: Hikers should wear appropriate clothing and carry proper gear, as the high altitude makes the climate of Mount Mitchell chilly, even in summer. Beware of ice on trails.

 

Trail Location: 
Black Mountain Campground (Pisgah National Forest)
Trail Point of Interest: 
Mount Mitchell summit
Trail Length: 
6.00 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
strenuous
Trail Use: 
Hiking
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
Blue Diamonds

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

 

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