Mount Mitchell State Park

Map of TRACK Trail through Mount Mitchell State Park

This hike starts at the upper summit parking lot. From there, hikers can quickly reach the summit of Mount Mitchell or explore the trails that cut through some of the most unique habitat in the Southeastern United States.

One of those places that stand apart from the ordinary, Mount Mitchell’s dramatic summit is the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet and was inspiration for one of the nation’s first state parks. From its easily accessible observation deck, the spruce-fir forest of Mount Mitchell State Park leads the eye to unmatched views.

Track an adventure here
Collectible sticker for Mount Mitchell

Location Details

Recreational Features: Picnic Tables
Amenities: Restrooms, Visitor Center
ADA Compliant: Partial
Seasonality: Open all year
Paved mountain path with wooden fence
Dense stand of fir and spruce trees
Large boulder surrounded by trees
Large rock overhang next to trail
Fir needles
Dirt path through trees
Small white flowers
View of visitor center and TRACK Trail sign
TRACK Trail sign with brochures

Adventures for Mount Mitchell State Park

Island in the Sky brochure

Island in the Sky

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Let’s explore this “island in the sky” and discover what kinds of life share this unique ecosystem.

Let's Explore - ecoEXPLORE

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Scientists need your help! Use this brochure to learn how to be an ecoEXPLORER and share your nature observations with real scientists.


2388 St Hwy 128
Burnsville, NC 28714
Latitude: 35.766368000000
Longitude: -82.265433000000

Park in the upper summit parking lot and walk to the Visitor Center to pick up a brochure.


This TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership formed with North Carolina State Parks, Mount Mitchell State Park, and with funding provided by the BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation.



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