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A dark view of Mount Mitchell State Park
Status of park facilities as of May 22   

The trails inside the state park are open, however, the portions of the following trails that are in the surrounding Pisgah National Forest are still closed: Black Mountain Crest Trail is closed. Please refer to the park map to see where the park boundaries are. You may still hike from Mount Mitchell to Mount Craig and as far as Cattail Peak.

Restrooms are open.

The campground inside the park is open as of May 22. Reservations required; no walk-ins permitted. Reserve online or by calling 1-877-722-6762. There is no check-in at the office. Please go straight to your campsite. No firewood is available for sale. Please bring your own kiln-dried firewood. 

The following facilities remain closed:
-  The Observation Tower
-  Restaurant
-  Gift Shop and Concessions
-  Museum
-  Park Office

With social distancing practices in place, it may be necessary to close the park gate during the day if overcrowding becomes a problem. 

Please check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly. 

To check Blue Ridge Parkway road closures, please visit their website.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, June 2, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Mount Mitchell State Park


Contact the park
 

828-675-4611

mount.mitchell@ncparks.gov

 

Restaurant

828-675-1888
 


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
     
  • From May 9 to May 22, 2020, the park will close at sunset.
     
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • November to March:
    8:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays; closed on weekends
     
  • April to October:
    8:00am to 5:00pm daily
     
  • The park office is currently closed until further notice.
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • May to October:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • The museum is currently closed until further notice.
     

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

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  • May 24 to October 31:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • The concession stand and gift shop are currently closed until further notice.
     

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  • July 1 to October 31:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
    Friday through Sunday
     
  • At any other time:
    Please call the park office several days ahead of your visit to schedule this assistance.
     
  • This service is temporarily unavailable until further notice.
     

 

 

 

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: