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2388 NC-128, Burnsville, NC 28714, United States

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REVIEWS OF Mount Mitchell State Park IN North Carolina

James Boone

This is a place to go when you want to get in some nature. Plenty of walking trails and good photo ops. Most of the time it is pretty cool at over 6000 feet but on some days is out in July it can get hot. I love taking motorcycle with my group.

Greg Curry

Drove up here along the blue ridge parkway with my girlfriend. It was a perfect day to be here and the park was very clean and sanitary. Rangers were friendly and the views were absolutely stunning. Can’t wait to visit in the fall to see the foliage!

Michael Braddock

Amazing place with a fantastic view. Been here before and I will return.

Natalie Thomas

I went to the park for the first time today. It was a beautiful drive up. Be prepared for rain if you walk to the summet. It's well worth it.

Chaz Burnett

The views are breathtaking! You have to experience the full ride up the mountain. Plenty of stop points to take in the scenery.

Michael McLeod

Drive and park within 400 yards of the summit. Excellent museum, snack bar and souvenir stand near summit. Paved but steep path the last 300 yards to the top. Views that are amazing.

Lauren Holladay

Absolutely beautiful driving up. A lot of fog at the summit in July, but the drive up is stunning. Lots of places to pull over and take pictures.

Jeff Hill

Awesome views of the surrounding mountaind from the higest peak east of the Mississippi high atop Mt. Mitchell.

Linda Ready

The bugs!!!!! Don't wear bright our green! We wore bright green, ugh! They will STILL BE all over you if you don't. Trails were great.

Matthew Morris

Beautiful vistas and multiple hiking trails. The park is amazing. There is also a restaurant and small snack bar in the visitor parking lot.

Michael Lipkin

I could spend all day here viewing the wilderness. The weather was 20-30 degrees cooler than at the base. Very many visitors with friendly dogs. Nice little concession stand available near bottom of trail to the viewing deck. Fresh air, beautiful views in this late July.

David Rushing

Seeing Mount Mitchell was definitely a highlight of our recent road trip to North Carolina. It really does have its own unique vegetation that is different from the Blue Ridge Parkway below. Also, the views from the top are great. Finally, I was happy to find out that the entry is free. Not much is these days...

Jedediah Seltzer

It is a nice park. You can drive to the highest point in the east coast! Or hike it! It is foggy often at the top.

Tim Siggins

Steep walk to the top but paved and not that hard. Benches along the side if you want to take a break. Excellent view if it's not cloudy when you get up there.

Mike Ali

The park has spectacular views, friendly staff and great facilities. You can drive to the top of Mount Mitchell where it's a short walk to the viewing platform. The extensive trail network in the area allows for several loops or out and back off the top. Hikes to Big Thom and Mt Craig are recommended. There's a restaurant which is a nice addition given the remoteness of the park. The car-camping sites are beautiful and well kept. It was SUPER windy the nights we stayed. Several campers had their tents break overnight.

Tony Summers

Stunning views, pretty good trails, more accessible than in the past. The old tower is gone, but they replaced it with a viewing platform that is top notch, and paved the trail from parking to the top. While we there, a very elderly couple with mobility issues, were given a ride to the top in a golf cart by the staff, which is pretty awesome!

Iurii Novak

I am so happy to be here. 6684 feet is a highest point of Eastern Part the USA. Nice asphalt, a lot of overlooked places, clear area and my pleasure for service. Take your car and enjoy your land!!!

Eric Lorch

The views from here are amazing! They rival those of the more well-known national parks, and it's very accessible. You can drive all the way up to the last 300 yards, and entry and parking is free. There were a lot of gnats or some kind of bug, so wear pants or bug spray.

Carlos Bonet

Great time with my daughter. Trails well marked and views were great. Weather is unpredictable but that happens on a real mountain.

cristian alfaro

Beautiful place to visit very magical. We just moved from Colorado and although not as big as the Rockies the experience is just as serene

LeKeith Bufford

Great hike and beautiful views! This was my 62 year old mom's first hike ever. While it took us around 7 hours to complete the hike, it was worth the memories.

Deb Simon

A glorious hike. Strenuous, depending on the route you choose. You can drive to the summit, but you miss out on so much. The views are breathtaking!

David Jeffries

The views are great and worth the drive up to see them. Docked a star for sign placement. There are small beatles that look like ticks all over the the highest point. You don't learn that until most of the way up the top of the hill. They don't bite and they aren't actually ticks, but not knowing that for the first few hundred yards made for a bit of a paranoid walk.


So beautiful. Great views, picnic area and trails. Snack shack. Bathroom. Lots of parking. Check the weather though. You can get sockt in.

Chris Newsom

An amazing spring day offered beautiful weather to take in the 360º vista from the observation deck. We also took a short hike on the Balsam Nature Trail. It's a 20-25 minute hike with moderate difficulty. Wear appropriate shoes to negotiate the numerous roots and rocks on the path. The modest museum gives you some information on the geology and history of the peak and surrounding area. The gift shop opens around Memorial Day and was not open yet during our visit. Expect a crowd when you're there and several groups/bus tours.

Mike Trubey

Mount Mitchell is an awesome place to visit. The only drawback is that you better make sure you have enough gas to get down the mountain and to the next gas station which is a good 10 to 15 miles away.I got there as a sun had already gone down but I was treated to some cloud to cloud lightning all around the top and far enough away that I wasn't threatened by it.

Ashley Marlowe

The views you get at this park are very weather dependent. Just because the weather is clear at lower elevations doesn't mean you'll have clear weather up at Mt. Mitchell. There is a driveway to a parking lot with a snack bar and bathrooms. The hike up to the summit is pretty brutal, but it is paved. There are places to pause and sit to catch your breath along the way. There are also lots of diagrams on a round platform to show you what you're looking at around you. Lots of off shoot trails that are labeled well. It's so well maintained and beautiful up there! Dog-friendly, but the restaurant as part of the park is not dog-friendly and they do not do take out.

Courtney Resnicky

Gorgeous! Nicely kept up and wonderful hiking trails all around. We didn't stay at the summit long as there were little stinging gnats all over, but the view was absolutely worth it! We took some time to hike the trails and stop at the restaurant just down from the summit. Highly recommend if only for the experience!

Russell Goff

Absolutely beautiful State Park. Easy paved path up to the summit. Little nature trail that is 3/4 mile loop to learn about the areas birds, mammals, plants, and risks. Worth the drive that is for sure. (Though the drive is enjoyable as well!)

Cel St.Pierre

Love being in the "high country" and visiting the highest point on the Blue Ridge Mountains, east of the Mississippi, Mt. Mitchell. Great museums dedicated to the story of Elijah Mitchell, story of the Frazier Firs, high country wildlife and the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is primitive camping, lots of hiking trails and a lodge-style restaurant (closes for the winter).

Greg Setzer

Tallest mountain on the East Coast east of the Mississippi. Has a State Park campground that's great but no showers. But you better reserve your space six months in advance. Only nine tent sites.

Bradley Grimm

It was a cool fun drive to the peak but it is very hard to find the correct hiking trails but cool views

Shana McCurry

So beautiful. Amazing views. Friendly, helpful staff. The hike up to the top is a short walk from the parking area. Nice picnic areas. Crowded on Saturday morning. And, PLEASE people, don't let your dog poop in the walking areas! Yuck!

Brittany Mida

So beautiful, easy walk(moderate-paved walkway- incline) to the summit. Great selection of easy to hard trails. Smells like basalm trees

Keith Duff

Lots of fun. And what a view! Definitely worth the time. Bring a sweatshirt. I was with a group of 15 ages 5 - 77. All enjoyed.

G Kennedy

It was a beautiful place. The wind never stopped blowing from the time I got out of the car to the time I got back in! Matter of fact the temperature was 56.5° on a "hot" summer day. The view was spectacular!

Roopa Chakravarthy

Mount Mitchell is the highest point east of Mississippi river. Driving up to summit point is easy and the views are breathtaking. It also has one of the best mountain picnic areas

Peter Grafton

Mount Mitchell SP is a well kept and very nice place to climb the highest point east of the Mississippi. The top doesn't disappoint at all and the views are very awesome. A very short and simple hike to the top, and disabled accessible. Must see!

Robert Brady

Never travelled down the Blue Ridge Parkway before. Now I know what I've been missing. Awesome three day journey with unforgettable sights. And the peak is the highest ready if the Mississippi!

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Kim Jones

You can walk to the top, shop at the store, get a cup of coffee or learn more about MMSP. Enjoy the view, bring a jacket.

John Bowman

If you are in the Asheville, NC area and want to see the mountains without the crowds of the Great Smoky Mountain NP, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mount Mitchell State Park. The views are surreal! A short hike on a paved path to the observation tower will reward you with a 360 degree view of gorgeous mountains as far as you can see. For the more adventurous hikers, take the Deep Gap Trail to the adjacent Craig summit. Be ready for some pretty good hill climbing. It is only one mile out and one mile back, but it takes most people about an hour and a half. There are plenty of picnic tables and scenic overlooks along the way. It is a very family friendly place. You won't regret the drive. Imagine riding through the GSMNP with very little traffic and a clear view of all the surrounding mountains.

Tina Schwartz

Breath taking views. Accommodations for thise who cannot walk the summit, I saw an all terrain ranger vehicle driving people around. Oh, and saw a black

Steve Sherron

The highest peak in NC. You must go and enjoy the beauty. Plenty of parking. Food, gifts, family friendly. Easy to walk.

Ryan Arruzza

We ended up heading to Mount Mitchell last minute well taking the ride down the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's definitely worth the small detour. Great views and there is an easy path to the top. They also have a food stand and a resturant, as well a gift shop. If you are in the area it's definitely worth the stop, especially if it's a nice day. You can see for miles.

Paul Stevens

It was 89 degrred on lenoir ( 40 miles away) and 74 degrees and sunny at the top of mt. Mitchell. Best view I have ever seen at the top. Highest point in the U.S. east of the Mississippi River.

Taylor Dayton

Beautiful. It gets crowded, so go early in the morning. The walk to the summit is short, easy, and paved. They have bathrooms and trash cans at the top.

Matt Lambert

The Great State of North Carolina! The beauty of the Appalachian mountains never disappoints.

shreyas rale

Scenic location. Less crowded. Very Good trails. Better if you carry your own food.

Yujiro Hanma

Great trails of varying difficulty, beautiful views of all the surrounding mountains. Easy drive up the mountain as well with plenty of view sites on the way. Truly a natural beauty

Gary Griffith

Spectacular views. Really clean. A must stop when traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway

Mary Wagner

Beautiful up there & we love the little restaurant there. Food is always really good! Definitely try their chicken fettuccine!

Travis Lenig

Great views clean and we'll thought out most path ways we were on were in good shape or being worked on

Dan Roberts

Come here two times a year. Love it. We can see our mountain from here and vis versa. cool temps in summer, good hiking. would be nice if had some RV Parking/Camping

David Reynolds

Great state park, highest mountain east of Mississippi, great views! Nature trail very cool.

Shawn Schmid

My. Mitchell is a magical place—highest point east of the Mississippi! Don’t miss it. We will go back again when leaves change colors, in fall.

Spontaneous Drew

Beautiful, clean, great trails, holds the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Can't wait to go back

Perry Ervin

Highest point of the Appalachian Mountains and deep in the southern Highlands, this peak offers beautiful views of rich green forests and notable nearby peaks. Accessible by auto, the roadways are scenic and not overcrowded. Only a hike or bike ride could be quieter. Camping, a restaurant, a shop, a museum, and a snack store are all in the area of the peak.

S Blue

Beautiful view. Took my 5 & 8 year olds and they loved it. The ride up is amazing too. Pros: great views, loved how clean the short trail to the summit was. The entire ride up the mountain was scenic and although a bit nerve-wracking, worth it. Cons: the employee working the cash register at the gift shop was not personable and rude. If I didn't make it a habit to buy a magnet to remember my trips by, I would have left my merchandise right on their shelves. Terrible. Also, the women's bathrooms were filthy. Guests like to walk in front of other guests with their camera equipment without so much of an excuse me. You can't help what other guests do so I didn't dock a star for that. Take a light jacket if you're going in the summer. It was 80 at the bottom and a cool 67 at the summit. And have plenty of gas before going up lol. I also recommend going on a clear day. It was a bit foggy when we got up there so we couldn't see as far as you can on a clear day.

David van deventer

This place is always awesome. Rain or shine. The restaurant is wonderful with mostly simple food done well but offering daily specials that might surprise you. The museum at the top parking is interesting and well curated with several interactive opportunities. When the weather is clear there's a one of a kind veiw from the highest point east of the Mississippi. But even when closed in the experience is great.

Zach Marker

Black Mountain Crest trail is probably the coolest hike but it is brutal with or without a backpack. I did part of the trail and backpack camped overnight. It's a minimum of almost 4 miles before you can camp. You have to fill out a form and put it in your car if you stay overnight so the park rangers know if they gotta go looking for you. Lots of cool views, but not a lot of great lookout spots.

Dennis T

Great views, friendly staff. Space to camp in the wild or on sites. Plenty of trails of varying difficulty and scenery. An scenic drive to and from as well. Allow yourself some extra time to make several stops to soak it all in.

John Haviland

We stayed at campsite right before the visitors center. Clean sites and bathroom. Ranger are extremely friendly. No mosquitos, poisonous snakes and ticks. Hiking was strenuous but gratifying. I will definitely return.

Chad Wong

Lovely view and everyone is super helpful and nice. Steep climb if looking to go just up to the observation point so be weary if in wheelchair. The actual Mt. Mitchell trail was a little hard to find when first looking as it is not as clearly labeled due to it sharing a path with another trail.

Cassidy Crosby

Beautiful trails and scenery. Really enjoyed the food in the cafe!

Linda Bissonnette

Beautiful picture opportunity. Trees smell so beautiful.

Willie Harrison

The view is great and almost 360 degrees. The walk to the top is picturesque.

Jim LastName

Great view. Starting up the mountain it was shrouded in clouds but it was sunny and clear at the top. Restaurant closes at 6PM after Labor Day.

Mark A

Love the fresh air up here. Great views but make sure you are dressed right cause weather is cooler here.

Stefanie Owens

Great tourist attraction. Crowded at the top. The trail itself is moderately to heavily trafficked. In the winter the ice is beautiful. 4 stars because the summit is man built.

Kyle Mitchell

The best. Beautiful sky view and place. The ride there is epic. A must see.

Chris Frantz

Great views even on a overcast day. Really gives you a sense of how beautiful and amazing nature can be without civilization getting in the way.

Belle Carpin

Bring a jacket no matter how worm it is in town. Crisp clean air

Karline Gibson

Easy climb from the parking to the top on well kept, paved path. Magnificent views. Balsam trail seemed longer that 3/4 mile but was a nice little trail thru the woods back to our car. Perfect for us four, over fifty. Enjoyed our visit immensely!

Alan Cannon

Live nearby, go all the time and still love it. The shift in ecosystems makes it feel like another part of the world. Gorgeous views, good trail system. Paved walk access to the peak; concessions, gift shop museum by the parking lot.

Srika Gopal

Beautiful place... drive there is gorgeous, and going there is really worth it! Love the view at the summit, and in total, when driving there we saw so many different kinds of animals! Red squirrel, black bear, wild Turkey, and different bird species! Loved walking up to the summit and seeing the awe-inspiring view... Tons of photo opportunities here! Note: DO bring a good jacket as it can be quite chilly as you go up the mountain, and if you do get hungry, there is a restaurant two miles down from the very top of Mount Mitchell that serves great tasting classics! This state park is amazing, and I will always remember standing at the summit and looking around to see the majestic Smoky Mountains!!!

Blue MountainCur

Highest point in eastern USA! Yeah, if you haven't been you don't know. Good restaurant, camping, trails.... nicest bears you'll meet in the Blue Ridge! (Do not accept food from the bears)

Beth Leatherman Harwell

This is always a great place for a walk. One caveat though. We knew dogs were not allowed in the restaurant. But we planned to get take out and eat outside with Archer. Unfortunately they do not allow take out because too many people have littered with left overs which attracts the wildlife too near the restaurant. Reasonable policy. Just wish we had known. We made do with cheese, crackers, fruit and snack packs we had in our vehicle. Just wish we had known.

Caleb G.

Wonderful sights. Great people and a crowd of all sorts from all over that are friendly as can be. A must see for families of all sizes and views to shock even the seasoned travelers. Maintained well and will be coming back again

Roger Creasy

Terrific, majestic views make the hike worth the effort. The hike from the upper parking lot is not easy if you are not in shape. However, there are multiple benches along the way if you need a rest. For any hams reading this, be sure to take along an HT. I was able to easily reach the Greensboro, NC repeater (aprox 190 miles away) with mine.

Alexander Dyer

Went up on a cloudy day with a little bit of rain. It was still interesting but I recommend visiting on a day that is completely clear. You’re above and in the clouds and Mount Mitchell has the highest viewpoint! I would love to go back on a clear day.

Jim Henderson

Great place, Awesome view in every direction! All trails were great. Except the commissary trail, it is not a hiking trail, it is a road. It should stay on the map, just classify it as a road instead of a trail.

Mack Halsey

Loved this place!! Was flying to Switzerland for honeymoon, but 9/11 grounded all flights. My first time to Mt Mitchell was, hiking up on last minute change in plans for honeymoon. The adventure was even more amazing than the views

Tammy Wood

This is a beautiful place to visit. It's a winding drive but not so bad. When you get to the top there's still a hike you have to take to get up to the observation deck. And let me just say there are several benches on the way up that you can stop and catch your breath at. But when you finally got to the top it is so worth it! You can see for miles...

Justin P

Mount Mitchell, at 6,684 feet above sea level, is the highest point in the eastern United States. Now you can drive up to the top, but for bragging rights, you need to hike up the mountain from the base at Black Mountain Campground. If not camping at the campground, park just outside the campground at the hiking parking lot and head into the campground along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to the Mount Mitchell Trail. The trails run together most of the way up and is 5.6 miles with about 3600 feet of elevation gain to the top. The climb is long and steady and is rocky in places. But if you can't or don't want to make the hike, you can also drive to the summit. At the top, there is an observation tower to take you above the trees for great 360° views of the surrounding Black Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains. From May to October, there is a gift shop, concession stand, and restaurant to refuel. And Dr. Mitchell, who first identified Mount Mitchell as the highest peak, is buried here. The trip down, in my opinion, is more grueling and hard on the knees, but should go faster with gravity on your side. And for a bonus, when you reach the bottom of the mountain, turn right on the campground road and go less than a quarter of a mile to another very short trail that leads to Setrock Creek Falls.

Crazy Jack

It’s a must to see the views are amazing!!! The walk up the hill is all paved but it’s good step towards the end. There are benches on the way up to rest at. It’s worth the hike The parking lot up top has a food concession stand and restrooms. You can drive your trailer up there there’s plenty of room to turn around it’s a roundabout parking lot

D. Knapp

Beautiful State Park with some stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Drive all the way to the top, or do one of the hikes. Its absolutely worth it! Also, don't forget to visit the little Museum. Its worthwhile.

Alka Anand

Gorgeous...sides of entire road has beautiful wild flowers. The parking area has restrooms and is wheel chair assembly. Not too much hiking till you reach the top. Its gorgeous view from the top. Just beside the parking area there is camp ground and restaurant.

Carter Tarrer

We had a lovely walk at Mount Mitchell. The path from the parking area was, of course, uphill, and fairly challenging. The views from the top were really good.

Lyle Ciardi

What a hike. All the way up from Black Mountain Campground. Extremely challenging, but extremely rewarding.

Kevin Estep

Fantastic views... When the weather allows. Be prepared for frequently changing conditions at this altitude. The observation area has a parking lot with good access to the top, where there is an observation platform. when I was recently there, it was sunny on one side of the parking lot, and literally raining on the other side of the parking lot. The temperature was also about 20 cooler than downtown Asheville.

Jerry Marshall

Beautiful park, take your time with the climb to the top, it can be a little steep in places, but you'll do fine, well worth the trip on a clear day

Kylie Nicole Pond

Beautiful monument! So glad I made the last minute decision to drive up here. Even with the cold wind and clouds it was beautiful!

Ilya Rutman

There is only one disadvantage there are no gas stations. So you need to ride down from mountains to fill up your car with gas, and then if you want to turn back to continue the road. It is very good! But I got a car sick riding over there.

Lili Rehak

Stunning views from atop Mt. Mitchell. Go early for clear views. Drive up & short walk to the summit. Also a tranquil nature trail with info boards. Great picnic area with spectacular views. 10/10


Awesome park with great views. I'm definitely coming back for a backpacking trip!

Michael Miller

Absolutely beautiful park! It's so incredible to see the mountains through the Blue Ridge Parkway. I was traveling with my family in the Asheville area and had to stop here. Unfortunately, at the summit viability was poor due to the fog and it rained almost the whole time we were here, but nonetheless, the experience was great and I hope to return sometime in the near future. Do yourself a favor and check out this park and climb to the top of Mt. Mitchell. Even if you can't make it here specifically, there are some incredible views throughout Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Dee Sudebi

View is spectacular! If you are trolling around NC app Mountains, don’t forget to stop by at Mount Mitchell. One thing, your timing is everything while climbing up. You might end up getting to the top and all you see is cloudy and gloomy environment. Just wait for 10-15 minutes, the sky will clear and you will have breathtaking view and memory. Good luck going up there!!

Louise Martin-Carpenter

Quite the drive along flower-lined way, butterflies included. Ample parking at the top. Pedestrian friendly walk to the summit. And then, the views! Definitely worth your time as you travel the BRP north of Asheville, NC.

Donna Criswell

Our favorite state park in NC, but it seems like a National Park in some ways. A very easy walk to the top of the highest peak east of the Mississippi. A very nice museum, gift shop, plenty of parking, helpful personnel and a restaurant make this a great day trip for everyone. It is always cool, regardless of how hot it may be in the valleys.

Rick Nobers

A great NC state park. This is directly off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The summit is perfect and I like the guide thing to show you what you are looking at in all directions. I always giggle at the "Big Butte." The views are excellent. This is the highest point east of the Mississippi. Cool. The drive to the summit is easy. There is a ranger station with bathrooms, picninc areas, and access to several trails. I've only done a few of the trails and they were relatively easy. Plenty of parking. I have come here in summer and winter and neither times seemed busy. This is probably an overlooked park due to its location but worth the effort


This is one of my favorite state parks. Not because there is a massive parking lot of top of it, eliminating any challenge to get to the top and enjoy the views, but because they are open in the winter months and sell local honey in the store at the top. Never been to the restaurant, but am curious. One of my favorite hikes starts at the bottom. Always a pleasure to be here. Crowds are usually not too bad and respectful most of the time. Have seen people bring radios to the top and communicate with China/Russia, presumably. I have assumed the appropriate NSA staff are monitoring this potential espionage.

Valerie Godfrey

Such marvelous views! Just a short, steep climb to the overlook and worth it! Paved parking lot and walkways, a snack bar, gift shop and museum at the top. Restaurant on the to the top, just a short distance below. The Balsam Pine smells heavenly up here. So cool, 62 degrees in August.

Anne Margaret White

Gorgeous! Easy drive to a large parking lot. Paved walk to the lookout. Or you can take the Nature Trail for a beautiful mile-long loop through the woods. Busy weekend visit, but still enjoyable. The lookout is breathtaking for the east coast!

Lisa McDonald

Always love to go to Mt. Mitchell and sit on the porch and rock in the rocking chairs. We ate some dinner in the restaurant and enjoyed the large window with the beautiful view.

Laura Sidden

Love this place! We watch the weather and when there is a good forecast, we have never been disappointed! I've hiked 3 trails there: Old Mitchell trail is somewhat difficult and not at all pretty; Commissary trail is easy and the wild flowers along the way were absolutely beautiful!; the easy Balsam trail is peaceful and serene with moss, ferns and turtlehead flowers abound! You feel like you're in another world! View from the observation platform is spectacular! Will come again and again!

Rhonda Martin

Beautiful views after u get to observation tower, has a restaurant but we didn't try it. Nature is the best medicine for what ails u.

Dan Halpert

Incomparable views of the surrounding mountains. I hiked the Old Mitchell Trail and returned via Camp Alice Trail/Commissary Road, which I didn't find particularly challenging, but I was still very pleased with the landscape. Who knew this region had such elevation?

Morgan Stevens

Highest peak! Been vacationing to the area since I was a kid. Most recent visit July 2019 I brought my four new ones and enjoyed a hike down from the top and a bountiful meal at the restaurant. Grand parent approved ramp slope all the way up. No stairs. Wheels accessible. New improved summit layout. Enjoy the views and history! We took the balsam trail hike down from top to parking area. 8 6 3 0 carried baby and I had a walking boot and made it. Good easy hike.

Melanie Floyd

Highest peak with a great view. The drive was beautiful. Standard souvenir gift shop and bathrooms available. Plenty of benches to take breaks if you have trouble going up hill in higher altitudes. It's well worth the drive to see this.

Jeremy Hines

Park is clean, path up to the tower is paved (was gravel with wooden timber steps last time I was there) I miss the old tower, but the new one is much more accessible

Larry Knobel

The kids and I were on our way from Banner Elk, NC to Gatlinberg, TN. We could have taken the fast way...less than three hours...but I am so glad we...okay, I, decided to go down the Blue Ridge Parkway. We saw many great sights along the way...the highlight was Mount Mitchell State Park. When you get there..go straight to the top...they have restrooms there and a short 100 yard an observation deck where you can see everything....if it's not cloudy...unfortunately the day we were was kinda cloudy. It was a fabulous view. I'm going to add a pic...but it's probably blurry. Just trust's worth your time.

Gina Baker

Beautiful drive up. Reach the top of the mountain and it was 51 degrees June 1st. Dress in layers. 300 yards walking distance to the top. Well worth it!

Scott Latimore

All the piney beauty of the Boreal forest in NC! Easy paved trail to the summit from an ample parking lot. Bring a sweatshirt even in the summer. It gets chilly at the top.

Mark Edwards

If the weather cooperates, the view is great. Facilities are okay and there are hiking trails in addition to the paved walk to the top.

Jhana Anderson

Wonderful scenic drive. Beautiful views. Worth going to see.

jerry hodgson

Large parking area, steep yet paved 300yd path to the summit, breathtaking view of the clouds(its a summit, it happens! Wait for after the day's heating for the views!) Museum, concessions, restrooms, (25mph zone, several blind curves, please drive safe!)

Eddie Arms

Beautiful place beautiful view plus a camping area! Just one view of the beautiful mountains of North Carolina!

Chip Johnson

Beautifully unique experience. In peak season, go very early or late. It’s less crowded then.

David Reno

Great place to visit. Wonderful view. Bring warm clothing. Even in the middle of summer it can be cold and windy. Elevation is 6600+ feet.

Sharon T

Love it. Highly encourage everybody to do the short hike from the lower parking lot. Easy short hike thru enchanted forrest setting. Moss on everything. Wear appropriate shoes.

Souvik Chatterjee

A great place to be. We expected a more cooler weather, being the highest point in this part. But the weather was warn and sunny. Although that gave us the chance to see clearly in all directions from the summit. Very clean and reaching the summit is very easy. Loved the place.

David Riggleman

As the highest peak east of the Mississippi, Mount Mitchell offers amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. The path to the top is just a short (albeit somewhat steep) walk up a paved path. The signage on top is great and shows you the name of other mountain peaks for each direction that you are facing. The nature trail, a short hike less than mile that starts and end from the parking lot, was also surprisingly better than expected at providing a diverse ecosystem that reminded me a bit of being the Pacific Northwest.

David Styles

A park that covers the basics - cleanliness, professionalism, access, services - all quite well. A place, though, that speaks to my soul like no other. The drama of it's history, the beauty of it's setting high among the spruce, the fresh, serene peace of it all touch me deeply. A unique visit every time.

James Picou

This is a great place for short day hikes. It is among the many great things to do around Asheville.

Logan Beard

Beautiful park. The summit was really foggy, as typical during the Summer time. Named after a fellow Tarheel!

Joe Barnet

Highest point East of the Rocky Mountains. Highest recorded temperature here is 81 degrees. The views are fantastic and they have a great restaurant near the peak of the mountain.


Deep Gap Trail is a moderate, but worthwhile hike for amazing views from several nearby mountain peaks.

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