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Mt Mitchell Trail

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Mt 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 and ½ hours of strenuous hiking to reach the top and 3 and ½ to return. Numerous dead trees (killed mainly by sub-zero temperatures and high winter winds) are seen as on near the top of Mount Mitchell.

ALERT 1: Mt 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 2: 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: 
Mt Mitchell Summit
Trail Length: 
6.00 miles
Trail Type: 
Trail Difficulty: 
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
Natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
Blue Diamonds

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