At 6,684, Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. At its summit you'll find a 360° panoramic view of the surrounding Appalachian landscape, filled with mountains and valleys. Experience the gradual change in plant life as you ascend this epic mountain. Mount Mitchell State park offers several different hiking options, a short loop (less than a mile), a ridgeline hike with endless spectacular views and, for the most rugged adventurer, there is a trail that goes all the way to Black Mountain Campground.
Length: 46.5 total miles
Elevation Gain: up to 4,235 feet
Trail Type: Many options
Skill Level: Easy to strenuous
Top Elevation: 6,684 feet
Please note: A section of Blue Ridge Parkway from Milepost 376 at Ox Creek Road to Milepost 355, near the entrance to Mt. Mitchell State Park, is closed to motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians for road repair. It is anticipated that this project will be completed by late spring of 2014. In the meantime, visitors may follow marked detour routes. Mt. Mitchell State Park will remain open and accessible from the northern approach along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 330, near Spruce Pine, NC, or from state Route 80.