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A dark view of Mount Mitchell State Park
PARK STATUS    

We are open.
The following facilities are CLOSED for the year:
     Campground
     Restaurant
     Restrooms at the Summit (Port-a-lets only)   
     Gift Shop and Concessions
     Museum

Yancey County Transit Authority's Hiker Transportaion will not be operating from November 20th through March 30th.
 
Overnight parking is permitted for people backcountry camping in the surrounding National Forest. Please fill out a parking pass and leave it on the dashboard of your car. Passes are located in the boxes where the overnight parking signs are at the summit parking lot. There is no overnight parking permitted at the park office.
 
Please check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly. Temperaturers have been in the 20s with the wind chill factor recently. 
 
To check Blue Ridge Parkway road closures, please visit their website at https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm#13/35.5826/-82.4749
(Mount Mitchell is located at Mile Marker 355.)

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes.

 Last updated on: Saturday, November 27, 2021

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


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.

 


Old Mitchell Trail
Location: Park office

Description:

The Old Mitchell Trail, used by explorers as early as the 1840s, was the primary trail for reaching Mount Mitchell during the late 1800s and the early 1900s. This preserved trail originated along the North Fork of the Swannanoa River, extended along the crests of the Black Mountains and ended at the summit of Mount Mitchell. Today, this trail is mainly hiked 2.2 miles from the park office to the summit. Hikers are frequently rewarded for walking this 1.5-hour-long, strenuous distance with observing deer in their natural habitat.

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:
2.20 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
yellow circle

Summit Trail
Location: Upper summit parking lot

Description:

This 280-yard paved road begins at the upper summit parking lot and leads to the summit observation platform. On a clear day, visitors can see as far as 85 miles and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Pisgah National Forest.

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

 


Surface: paved

Length:
0.15 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze: