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Best trails in Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina

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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. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 10 hard trails in Mount Mitchell State Park ranging from 1.6 to 19.5 miles and from 2,877 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, North Carolina
Park information
Acreage:
1,946 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
The Black Mountain Crest Trail is a point to point trail starting at Bowlens Creek Road and Ending at the Mt Mitchell Summit parking area or vice versa. Some find it easiest to start from the top. The trail follows the Mt Mitchell Ridge for the first 7 miles, traversing the largest collection of 6,000 ft peaks in the Eastern US. From Celo Knob, the trail descends about 3500 feet to Bowlens Creek. A car shuttle or drop off is recommended and parking is available at both the Mt Mitchell and Bowlens Creek trailheads. Very limited parking at Bowlens creek if any at all.Show more
#2 - Mount Mitchell Summit Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 10 m
This wide, paved trail has beautiful views from the summit and is used for walking and running. This trail may close seasonally if affected by extreme weather, such as excessive snow totals. This trail is not tagged as wheelchair or stroller friendly because although this trail is paved and typically at least five feet wide, it is steep with an average grade of 7%. The max grade is 12%. Wheelchair and stroller users may be able to do this trail with assistance.Show more
#3 - Old Mitchell, Camp Alice and Commissary Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
A beautiful hike through the woods with some great mountain views. But bear in mind this hike is strenuous and dangerous in spots. Requires some scrambling over rocks. The trail is not well marked in places. Hiking poles are highly recommended. Show more
#4 - Blue Ridge Pinnacle Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 37 m
Trail is blazed in yellow and has great views. A small amount of scrambling is necessary. Show more
#5 - Deep Gap Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 5 h 10 m
This route can get very difficult depending on the season and it becomes quite technical - rock scrambling, fixed ropes lots of up and down. 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
#6 - Mount Mitchell Loop
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
#7 - Balsam Nature Trail to Mount Mitchell
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 28 m
#8 - Big Butt Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 6 h 36 m
#9 - Big Tom Gap Spur Trail via Black Mountain Crest Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
Mount Craig is located in the Mount Mitchell State Park and to access Mount Craig, you will use the Deep Gap Trail. This trailhead is located at the Mount Mitchell summit parking lot. Mount Craig is the 2nd highest peak east of the Mississippi River.Show more
#10 - Commissary Ridge to Commissary Hill
Mount Mitchell State Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
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