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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.

I'm 57, in decent shape, can run an eight minute mile, and my yellow lab and I made it up and back in about 5 1/2 hours. Words of advice: if you're going after a rain, wear good waterproof hiking boots because much of the trail is essentially a washed out gully that turns into a muddy stream. Very slick roots and rocks made the hike a bit treacherous, and even with a great pair of Keen boots I slipped multiple times and fell (kinda slid down) going downhill once. Definitely worth doing for the 3,600ft ascent but prefer other trails much more (Grandfather Profile Trail comes to mind).

1 day ago

This trail is awesome but hard. I would definitely do it again. There is some rock climbing in areas.

I really enjoyed the challenge of this hike! Not impossible by any means though! Great views along the way

This trail gives you an easy hike to go along with the short paved walk to the summit viewing area. I started from the Balsam Nature trailhead in the lower level of the parking lot. It was enjoyable seeing and learning about the Canadian-like spruce-fir forest. And I got to finish the nearly mile long loop by including the amazing views from the highest point east of the Mississippi River.

10 days ago

Awesome views at each peak! Definitely do this as a two day, one night hike to make sure that you see everything.

20 days ago

Lots of incredible views , much of the trail is over 6,000 ft.

20 days ago

Hiked the Mount Mitchell Trail from Black Mountain Campground this weekend. Don't let the other reviews on the difficulty scare you away from this hike. While it is an uphill climb it's extremely doable even if your not in great shape. I would classify it as more moderate than a difficult hike as most people claim. There was even a gentlemen carrying a baby in a backpack and other small children who made the climb. Also, be prepared for the swarm of people on top of the mountain who drove up. All in all a great hike with a great view. Enjoy!