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Mount Mitchell State Park is now open. Please exercise caution when hiking. Not all trails have been cleared of storm debris.

 Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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.

 

Point of Interest: Mount Hallback and Mount Mitchell
Length:
2.20 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
yellow circle
Old Mitchell trailhead at summit
Surface: Natural surface
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.

 

Point of Interest: Mount Mitchell summit
Length:
0.15 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Surface: Paved
Contact:

Mount Mitchell State Park

2388 State Highway 128
BurnsvilleNC 28714
Phone828-675-4611
mount.mitchell@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.752800
Longitude: -82.273700

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