Mount Mitchell Trail

HARD 177 reviews
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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
3713 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Asheville, NC: Mount Mitchell State Park is located approximately 33 miles northeast of Asheville. To reach this trail, take the Big Laurel Gap exit, milepost #346, off the Blue Ridge Parkway, You will be on Forest Road 2074. Travel about 3 miles (passing Forest Road 472) to signs for the Black Mountain Campground. Trail begins in the upper loop.

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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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From parking to trail head is about 0.3 miles, and there is a fork in the trail, one way being 0.4 miles longer than the other, so it could be either 11 or 11.8 miles round trip depending on which way you go at the fork. However, I recommend doing the extra 3-mile hike (round-trip) to Mt. Craig while you're at the top. That way you knock off the two highest peaks east of the Mississippi in one hike. The 14-mile hike was extremely rewarding but at the same time a little lackluster (hence the 4 stars) since the summit of Mt. Michell is accessible by car (Mt. Craig is not. You'd have to park at the summit of Mt. Michell and do the 3-mile round-trip hike). I'd still recommend it since it's the tallest peak east of the Mississippi. The ecology changes a few times throughout the hike which is really neat, and there are a few good vantage points as well. At the top, there is a little museum, gift shop, snack stand, and restrooms. The only reason I'd label this trail as "hard" is because of the distance. The terrain is moderate.

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