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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 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.

8 days ago

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

18 days ago

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

18 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!

While it is a difficult trail and not for the unprepared or faint of heart. It's a beautiful hike with wildflowers, a couple small waterfalls, and amazing views.

Hopefully you won't be as surprised as my wife and I were when we reached the top to find a gift store, concession stand, and parking lot full of people who drove up

Great climb. It rained the day before so it was pretty muddy; water running down some sections. Up and back in a little less than 7 hours. Kept the pace slow and steady. That last 1 1/2 miles up did not disappoint. Spring is beautiful up there. View was awesome from the top. It was 'different' to see people coming out of the gift shop. But then I was wet and muddy, so I appreciated the hot coffee.