Looking for a great trail in Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 21 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 2,749 to 6,637 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 really enjoyed this trail!!!!! The Mt Mitchell part of the trail was intense AF but it felt so good when it was done!!!!!

You gain almost 4,000 ft elevation in just the first four miles. The next two miles after that are relatively flat on the ridge with views for days! Another couple miles through the forest with cool moss and rock formations. I was so wore out for the rest of it that I didn’t notice much except for the constant ups and downs and trying not to fall because my legs were so tired. It was a beautiful hike and an excellent workout!

I made a loop of this trail by hiking down Old Mitchell Trail to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, then connecting at the bottom of the trail with Commissary Trail and the swinging back up on the Mount Mitchell trail to the summit. I found it to be challenging but rewarding. The footing was rugged for much of the way, with many tree roots and rocks. There were a number of spectacular views along Commissary Trail, and a spot that was perfect for taking a break and gazing out over the mountains. I had that spot to myself on a Sunday afternoon on a perfect, beautiful day. The uphill was physically demanding for me, but I’m also from a fairly flat state, so it’s tough to train for trails like this. i wholeheartedly recommend this trail, but it’s not for sissies.

Lots of bees! But luckily did not get stung. We went a little past Big Tom and turned around. Bring lots of water, poles would be helpful on this trek. Spent a lot of time taking in the scenery.

Great trail if you're in excellent shape. otherwise, there are better ways to Mt. Mitchell. We spent 3 days and had a great time.

on Camp Alice Trail

hiking
13 days ago

Loved this trail! Challenging and rewarding. Very peaceful just being in the middle of nature.

Great day great trail. 3700 ft elevation gain (to Mt Mitchell top in 6 miles. Not for the faint of heart or weary. Bathroom and water at the top

We had gone as far as the Mt.Craig marker, it was fun and challenging, with beautiful views. Definitely want to go back and finish the route.

hiking
14 days ago

We hiked to the end of Commissary, back to Camp Alice Trail, up Camp Alice to Old Mitchell trail and back to the beginning of Commissary. We hated Commissary, so rather than go back, we chose Alice Camp. Challenging but rewarding, we felt it was a moderate climb.

hiking
14 days ago

We took the Summit Trail up and caught this trail on the way down to the parking lot. Enjoyable and interesting. It was cloudy, so we didn’t see everything we wanted to see at the summit. We still enjoyed our time.

Use 54956 Blue Ridge Parkway to get close to the trailhead. You’ll see a white gate. We parked alongside the road and had plenty of room. The trailhead begins just past the white gate, on your right. Pretty steep incline up the first leg, although never had to get on all fours or use trees to help us up the trail. No stairs on this trail, but plenty of roots and rocks to help keep your footing. The beginning of the day was clear, so we thought we would get a good view. But about the time we started the hike some clouds started rolling in. Therefore the view at the top was somewhat hazy, but still fantastic. We started down what we thought was the second leg, but ultimately got really tight so we decided to turn around and go back down the first leg. Didn’t see any other hikers while going up or down. Overall quick but great hike!

hiking
17 days ago

Buncombe Horse Trail from Hwy 128 trailhead to Comissary Hill

Deep Gap (.2 mile south of Colbert Ridge Trail) to Mt Mitchell, and then down Balsam Nature trail to Comissary Ridge. Lots of steep climbs with ropes up some sections near Big Tom and Mt Craig. Views to die for but, you will earn it. Pack light.

The Old Mitchell ascent was more challenging than I expected with rocks and tree roots. The descent on Mt Mitchell is less technical than Old, but still shaded and heavy forest. Then you take a right onto the horse trail. Outside of the summit, the best views are on this largely flat, slow decline, section. Nice, basic, concession stand and gift shop at the summit.

Lot of fun. Rocky, rooty but fun. Amazing views.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful hike! Challenging but doable. We are novice hikers and in our mid 50’s but we made it to the top. Felt wonderfully accomplished! Highly recommend!

The GPS from the directions initially took us to the wrong trail. Just past the gate we took the trail to the right, there isn’t a trailhead sign. The trail climbs up and is steep, but it is only about .6 miles to the pinnacle. Unfortunately for us it was cloudy, but I could see on a nice day it would have great views. We did the loop and walked down that way on the road. Overall, a good, quick hike that gave us a bit of a workout.

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rocky
25 days ago

Nice hike, but did not really like the Buncome Horse Trail part. Was expecting that part to be great view but most of it is bushes and was really wet and muddy.

hiking
rocky
26 days ago

Great moderate hike that meets the high expectations associated with Pisgah. The first part of the hike is on a wide path like a fire road that stays relatively flat for about 1.5 miles until passing a number of camping spots. At that point it takes a sharp turn up the mountain, and is fairly steep and rocky until just before the summit of Mt Mitchell. The view would be amazing if you don’t have fog like we did :) but despite the low visibility for us this was still a beautiful hike. The way down is steep and there are plenty of rocks/roots before you connect back with the actual “Commissary Trail” aka the wide fireroad-esque path. Also be on the lookout for 11/10 good boys as it is definitely dog friendly.

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rocky
1 month ago

We had a fun time but honestly wouldn’t t do this route again. Best view by far was at Mt Mitchell and Craig’s Peak. Didn’t feel like I was hiking to earn a good view or anything.

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

This comment only concerns the first part of the trail until the intersection with big Tom trail. Beautiful hike with beautiful views.

The tower platform is still locked :( but the views and the breeze from the top of the stairs was more than worth the quick hike.

NOTE: If you start at the Mt Mitchell end, it is labeled as DEEP GAP TRAIL on their map and signs. There is no mention of Black Mountains Crest Trail on their materials. Orange triangle blazes.

over grown
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
scramble
1 month ago

Very cool hike. Unfortunately when I got to the top it was starting to thunderstorm so I didn’t get to see the view.

Awesome trail. Awesome views

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