Mount Mitchell from Black Mountain Campground via Higgins Bald

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Mount Mitchell from Black Mountain Campground via Higgins Bald is a 18.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Busick, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
18.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4603 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Start from the information sign where you park and head into the campground to access trail TR190 - Mt. Mitchell Trail. From there take a left on Higgins Bald Trail. After crossing Setrock Creek you can set up camp in the area with fire-rings. It's a little off the trail but nice and spacious while just a quick walk back to the creek for water. The next morning, continue on Higgins Bald Trail joining Mt Mitchell trail again for the ascent to the top. After passing Buncombe Horse trail on the left, turn left onto Commissary trail where you can set up camp for night two. Then continue the trail to the top.

Bob.... how long does it take to summit and what time to start from trail head? I want to hike this soon but don't want to hike back at dark.

4 months ago

I have hiked this trail 23 times from Black Mountain Campground to the summit and back to the campground. After a good rainfall the Higgins Bald Trail has a decent waterfall on the left.