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A dark view of Mount Mitchell State Park
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.

Rates:

  • 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

Possible Daily October Closures   

During Leaf Season, park visitation increases. If the park reaches capacity, we will close the park for a certain amount of time to allow crowds to subside. This can happen daily, and park closure times vary depending on crowds, holidays, and weekends. Please plan your visit accordingly.

To avoid arriving during a Park Capacity Closure, arrive before 11:00 am or after 3:00 pm.

The Mt. Mitchell State Park website will be updated immediately as closures are posted and rescinded.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 13, 2021


Map of North Carolina – Mount Mitchell State Park


Contact the park
 

828-675-4611

mount.mitchell@ncparks.gov

 

Restaurant


 


Address
 

Park office

2388 N.C. 128
Burnsville, NC 28714

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:
    9:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays; closed on weekends
     
  • April to October:
    9:00am to 5:00pm daily
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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

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  • The restaurant is currently closed all year for renovations.
     
  • May 3 to August 31:
    11:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • September 1 to October 31:
    11:00am to 7:00pm
     


 

  • May 3 to October 28:

9:30am to 5:00pm 
 

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

 

 

 

List of trails

Choose between a short stroll or a more extensive hike into the woods. Either choice will be rewarding as the beauty of the park is best seen from one of its many trails.

Please read the information about hiking safety at the park.

 


Balsam Nature Trail
Location: Upper summit parking lot

Description:

This short 0.75-mile self-guided nature trail starts at its junction with the Mount Mitchell Trail and ends at the tower summit parking lot. A tiny stream located along this trail is the highest spring in eastern America. Its average temperature is 36 degrees. This spring was a major water source for park personnel during the developmental stages of Mount Mitchell State Park.

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.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.75 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
white triangle

Camp Alice Trail
Location: Spur trail from Old Mitchell Trail to Commissary Trail

Description:

This strenuous trail intersects the Old Mitchell Trail 0.25 mile from the summit and descends the south side of Mount Mitchell to an area called Camp Alice, an old logging camp from the early 1900s. The railroad serving Camp Alice was torn up in the early 1920s and a road opened for vehicles. Between the 1920s and 1940s, tourists drove to Camp Alice and then hiked the remaining mile to Mount Mitchell’s summit. Today, nothing remains of Camp Alice and in spite of its name, camping is not permitted here.

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.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
Blue Squares

Commissary Trail
Location: Park office

Description:

This easy 2-mile hike starts at the park office and follows an old logging railroad bed used in the early 1900s. Logging played a very important part in shaping the look of the Black Mountain Range. After logging was prohibited in this area, the logging railroads were used for bringing tourists into the mountains.

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.

 


Surface: gravel

Length:
2.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
orange diamond

Deep Gap Trail
Location: Picnic area

Description:

This 4.3-mile trail beginning at the picnic area near the summit of Mount Mitchell has spectacular vistas that are seen on clear days as one hikes this moderately to strenuously difficult trail. As it follows the crests of the Black Mountains, it crosses Mount Craig and Big Tom Mountain. Mount Craig, named for North Carolina Governor Locke Craig, is the second highest peak (6,647 feet) in eastern America. Big Tom Mountain is named for Thomas Wilson, a famous bear hunter who found Dr. Elisha Mitchell’s body after Mitchell had fallen to his death in 1857. This trail follows the Black Mountain Crest Trail, which extends 7 more miles into the Pisgah National Forest.

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.

 


Surface: natural surface

Length:
4.30 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
orangle triangle

Mount Mitchell Trail
Location: Black Mountain Campground (Pisgah National Forest)

Description:

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.

 


Surface: natural surface

Length:
6.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
Blue Diamonds

Upcoming Events:

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