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Events and Programs

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Mount Mitchell State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


Join a ranger to learn about the diversity of life found here at Mount Mitchell State Park and what they eat and where you might be able to see these mysterious creatures. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/23/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

Have you ever thought you would like to be a park ranger? Or what a great job that it must be. Join a ranger as they show you the insides and outs of most of the job duties of a, North Carolina State Park Ranger. A few might just surprise you. 

Date of Event:
Sun, 06/24/2018 - 12:00pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

Come celebrate Grandparents day at Mt. Mitchell with this short ¾ mile self-guided nature trail starts at its junction with the Mount Mitchell Trail and ends at the tower summit parking lot. ALERT : Hikers should wear appropriate clothing and carry proper gear as the high altitude makes the climate of Mount Mitchell chilly, even in summer.

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/09/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Upper Summit Parking Lot

Celebrate Fall with a Ranger led hike along Commissary trail. This moderate trail offers the view of a lifetime with fall foliage colors in bloom. Hikers be prepared for a 2 mile hike. Please bring plenty of water and dress for cold mountain tempatures.

Date of Event:
Sun, 10/07/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Main Office

Mount Mitchell State Park

2388 State Highway 128
BurnsvilleNC 28714
Latitude: 35.752800
Longitude: -82.273700

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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

Museum Hours
May - October: 10am - 6pm 

Restaurant Hours: 
May 1 - August 31, 10am - 8pm daily
September 1 - October 31, 10am - 7pm daily

Concession Stand / Gift Shop:
May - October, 10am - 6pm Thursday through Monday