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.
The Old Mitchell Trail, used by explorers as early as the 1840’s, was the primary trail for reaching Mount Mitchell during the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s. 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 and ½ hour long, strenuous distance by 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.
A short trail beginning at the upper summit parking lot 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 summer. Beware of ICE on trails.
Mount Mitchell State Park
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
May - October: 10am - 6pm
May 1 - August 31, 10am - 8pm daily
September 1 - October 31, 10am - 7pm daily
Concession Stand / Gift Shop:
May - October, 10am - 6pm daily