Looking for a great trail in Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, 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 9 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!

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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 ran/hiked the trail counterclockwise on 2/16. Lots of ice on the way up to Mount Mitchell and the Buncombe Horse trail was very muddy. I had no problem finding water and completed the trail just over 6 1/2 hours. Great views on the peaks along the way! I’d definitely do this trail again.

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6 days ago

Our route up Staire Branch, Bear Pen, Laurel Gap to Perkins Trail was studded with waterfalls. A good ascent or two and descents and ridge paralleling - and a few long range views too!

Great hike for stronger legs. The incline and declines happen very sudden and are rarely walking flat but the view is amazing and it’s a great workout for those up to a little challenge.

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7 days ago

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15 days ago

Did this trail last summer at the end of May. I have hiked in colorado, montana, wyoming, california and this trail rank ranks in my top 5 trails that I have ever done!! This trail is incredible and is worth the strain and shockingly steep climb up. If you are anywhere in the state of North Carolina or even close by then make the drive to seen one of the most beautiful unique forests on one of the best trails that our country has to offer!!

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27 days ago

Just did this yesterday, only made it 7.5miles in, camped on the trail around 6kft up, make sure you have micro spikes and are planning to deal with very cold weather, the wind on the ridge is rough and dipping into the teens. Beautiful views and a challenging/rewarding climb!

Good hike , though there is no spring at the end .

Great day hike. Can hike further, too. We clocked about 5.5 miles. Had the trail to ourselves! Strenuous push for about 1.5 miles as soon as you begin. Beautiful views, nice trail, plentiful switchbacks. Will do again in the summer.

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1 month ago

walked this trail on January 1st 2020, temperature peaked at 46. not sure how good the view would be with leaves on the trees.. but with the trees bare we had a pretty good view of the surroundings at the top. we are semi-active and this was a pretty good workout for us. peaked the big butt summit and back to our car in roughly 3 hours.

Really nice trail. Interesting terrain. Heavily wooded. A nice surprise for a “nature trail.” Short hike, but very enjoyable. Kids loved it!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

The last stretch of this trail was a delight! We loved the crazy creek bed gain, the rope assists, the playfulness of the boulders leading up to Big Tom, and the stellar views from the deep gap ridge section. The horse trail section, though, was complete bullshit and we have a feeling it remains so regardless of season. Lots of flooding, mud, and not a lot of payoff. It’s probably sweet if you’re legitimately horsed, but otherwise we’d have preferred to do an out and back involving deep gap over the loop that involved the horse trail. I used poles during this hike and found them helpful. We passed several groups of hikers who were in the 50-70 age demo who were making their ways without them and were not only feeling defeated, but who were genuinely worried they wouldn’t be able to complete the trail. Don’t try it without something to counterbalance you if you have trouble with boulders.

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1 month ago

It’s a rough climb up to Maple Camp Bald, but we’ll worth it. The views are amazing up there. That said, check the wind forecast before planning a trip up there, it could be howling. Anyway, you’ll have to climb roughly 4,000 ft from the trailhead to Maple Camp Bald, plus another 1200 up to Mitchell. Great hike though, just don’t attempt unless you’re up for that sort of climb.

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1 month ago

We did around 4 miles of this trail yesterday near Camp Alice end. It was muddy with slippery rocks 90% of the way. I would not reccomend for horses. The up side is you do get to see views of the Black mountains from the other side. The shaded side. Plus there is a nice camping spot with wonderful views about 3 miles in from parking.

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