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Bear Activity at Commissary Ridge   

There was reported bear activity in the Commissary Ridge area on Saturday, October 23rd. Use extreme caution when hiking in the area. 

 Last updated on: Saturday, October 23, 2021

Gift Shop Closed for the Season on October 28th   

The Gift Shop will close for the season at 5:00pm on Thursday, October 28th. The Gift Shop will reopen May 2022.

 Last updated on: Saturday, October 16, 2021

First Come First Serve Campsites 10/16 - 10/31   

From Saturday October 16th - Sunday October 31st Mt. Mitchell State Park's 9 tent campsites are walk - in only. These sites will be first come first serve. If inclement weather occurs, the campground will be closed.

To book a campsite during walk-in dates:

  • Set up on an empty campsite.
  • Pay at the Park Office
  • If the Park Office is closed, you may pay the Ranger on Duty when he/she makes the evening rounds.


  • Campsite:  $26 per night (Includes a $3 Service Fee)
  • Active Military/Veteran/Senior (62 or older):  $20 per night (Includes a $3 Service Fee)
  • Firewood:  $5 per bundle

No Refunds

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Upcoming Events:

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 4:00pm
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 3:00pm

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 hike
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
Blue Diamonds

Map of North Carolina – Mount Mitchell State Park

Contact the park






Park office

2388 N.C. 128
Burnsville, NC 28714

GPS: 35.7528, -82.2737



  • 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


  • November to March:
    9:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays; closed on weekends
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  • Closed Christmas Day


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  • The restaurant is currently closed all year for renovations.
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  • September 1 to October 31:
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9:30am to 5:00pm 


  • July 1 to October 31: Please call the park office several days ahead of your visit to schedule this assistance.