Mount Mitchell Trail

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Mount Mitchell Trail is a 10.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3605 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

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nature trips

trail running

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Mount Mitchell is challenging hike to the highest peak east of the Mississippi River in the Black Mountain range. The trail starts from the Black Mountain Campground off of South Toe River Road, which is north of Asheville along the Blue Ridge Parkway. From the Mount Mitchell parking area or the park office to the trailhead is about 0.3 miles, and there is a fork in the trail, one way being 0.4 miles longer than the other. Take the Mount Mitchell Trail all the way to the summit parking area. From the summit parking area it is a quick 0.1 mile hike on a paved trail to the circular observation deck. Once at the Mount Mitchell summit and observation point, there are spectacular views. On a clear day you can see Grandfather and Table Rock in the distance. There is also there is a little museum, gift shop, snack stand, and restrooms. From the summit you have the option to do the extra 3-mile hike (round-trip) to Mount Craig via the Deep Gap Trail (Black Crest Trail) or return down the mountain from the way you came . Mount Craig is the second highest point in the eastern United States and you could knock off both of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi.

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Long, but enjoyable hike! It took us about 8 hours in total - maybe 4 up (including a quick lunch) and 3 down. View at the top is nice but crowded with people who drove. Still worth it for the bragging rights! We loved the fall colors and ran into some icicles near the top in a beautiful, mossy pine forest. Worth doing once! -- also it is about 12 miles according to signage.

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Tunnel through thick bushes/trees most of the way, almost no views until you get to the top, cool hike though

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