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.
Adventures for Mount Mitchell State Park
Islands in the SkyDifficulty:
Park in the upper summit parking lot and walk to the Visitor Center to pick up a brochure.
The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.
The Mount Mitchell State Park TRACK Trail is made possible in partnership with NC State Parks.