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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

18.6 miles
4,314 feet

dogs on leash





nature trips




wild flowers


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.

9 days ago

Whew this was maybe the the toughest trail I've ever done. It's dark in that forest. I can imagine Hansel and Gretel sitting there waiting for their parents to come back for them. It rained part of the trip but it was refreshing not annoying. The path is rocky and covered with tree roots. The views up at the parking lot are fantastic. I only did half this trail, I got picked up at the top.

3 months ago

I've been able to complete most of this trail 2 times and while the views on the way up are slightly obstructed, you cannot beat the experience in terms of terrain, ecosystem changes as you move further up the trail, and the remoteness mid-mountain. Awesome experience!

6 months ago

I have now hiked this trail 28 times. Looking forward to my 29th and 30th as my goal was 30. It is a good workout and there are two major water sources along the way. The trail is well maintained. You won't find many decent views of the surrounding mountains or the valley below.The Higgins Bald Trail has a waterfall but it is only decent after a heavy rainfall.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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.

Friday, March 31, 2017

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.