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#10 of 42 state parks in North Carolina

Best trails in Mount Mitchell State Park

1324 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in Mount Mitchell State Park ranging from 2 to 9.5 miles and from 4,278 to 6,683 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

There are a few places in the world that still stand apart from the ordinary. Rising more than a mile high, surrounded by the gentle mist of low-hanging clouds, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places. In the crest of the timeworn Black Mountains lies the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi. For those who ascend this mighty peak, what looms in the horizon is a feast for the eyesbreathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling ridges and fertile valleys. Forested and forever misty, 1,946-acre Mount Mitchell State Park will provide you with some of the most tranquil moments you'll ever experience.

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Map of trails in Mount Mitchell State Park
Park information
Acreage:
1946 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact
(828) 675-4611
Helpful links
Top trails (23)
#1 - Black Mountain Crest Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 8 h 2 m
Note: This trail is currently closed between Cattail Peak and Bowlen's Creek. For more information, please see Forest Service Order 08-11-07-20-071-3: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsShow more
#2 - Mount Mitchell Summit Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(200)
Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 13 m
NOTE: As of May 19, 2020, users have reported that the observation deck is currently closed. Please see the park's website for up to date information.Show more
#3 - Old Mitchell Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(170)
Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
2 mile trail between the State Park Office and the Mt. Mitchell summit. Show more
#4 - Blue Ridge Pinnacle Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(53)
Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
Trail is blazed in yellow and has great views. A small amount of scrambling is necessary. Show more
#5 - Big Butt Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(56)
Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 6 h 36 m
Big Butt Trail is a 10.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Barnardsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adveShow more
#6 - Mount Mitchell Loop
Mount Mitchell State Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(52)
Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
Mount Mitchell Loop is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers.Show more
#7 - Big Tom Gap Spur Trail via Black Mountain Crest Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(78)
Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
Big Tom Gap Spur Trail via Black Mountain Crest Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult.Show more
#8 - Balsam Nature Trail to Mount Mitchell
Mount Mitchell State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(92)
Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 28 m
Balsam Nature Trail to Mount Mitchell is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The Show more
#9 - Deep Gap Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(45)
Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 5 h 10 m
This trail spans the ridge line of multiple mountains. It is a one way or an out and back. It can go over 11 miles one way. There are spots to camp and trails off-shooting the Ridgeline.Show more
#10 - Commissary Ridge to Commissary Hill
Mount Mitchell State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(34)
Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
Commissary Ridge to Commissary Hill is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trShow more
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