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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.

2 days ago

Challenging but doable hike up from Black Mtn Campground, about 3000 ft. Very good water source and tent areas.

Lots of great reviews here, so just a few added tidbits:

Parking on Watershed Road is a now a definitive no-no, so hiking the entire BMC south-bound requires a drop off.

Verizon reception is excellent northbound from the Horse Rock Meadows all the way to Watershed. Therefore, calling a pickup can easily be done while finishing the final northbound miles on the trail.

The hardest southbound ascents are up Potato Hill from Deep Gap, and up Big Tom from Big Tom Gap - the latter is where the climbing ropes are located. These gaps serve as good launching pads for a favorite candy bar before turning on the jets!

That's about it. If I were to recommend a single trail to any hikers unfamiliar with the southern Appalachians, it might very well be this one.....on most days.

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6 days ago

My favorite hike so far in NC!

12 days ago

From parking to trail head is about 0.3 miles, and there is a fork in the trail, one way being 0.4 miles longer than the other, so it could be either 11 or 11.8 miles round trip depending on which way you go at the fork. However, I recommend doing the extra 3-mile hike (round-trip) to Mt. Craig while you're at the top. That way you knock off the two highest peaks east of the Mississippi in one hike. The 14-mile hike was extremely rewarding but at the same time a little lackluster (hence the 4 stars) since the summit of Mt. Michell is accessible by car (Mt. Craig is not. You'd have to park at the summit of Mt. Michell and do the 3-mile round-trip hike). I'd still recommend it since it's the tallest peak east of the Mississippi. The ecology changes a few times throughout the hike which is really neat, and there are a few good vantage points as well. At the top, there is a little museum, gift shop, snack stand, and restrooms. The only reason I'd label this trail as "hard" is because of the distance. The terrain is moderate.

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