Mount Mitchell State Park, Burnsville

Mount Mitchell State Park is a 1,996acre North Carolina state park in Yancey County, North Carolina in the United States. Established in 1915 by the state legislature, it became the first state park of North Carolina. By doing so, it also established the North Carolina State Parks System within the same bill.Located at the end of NC 128 off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Burnsville, North Carolina, it includes the peak of Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. From the parking lot, a steep paved path leads visitors to the summit and a raised observation platform with 360 degree views. The grave of Elisha Mitchell, the professor who first noted the mountain's height, is located at the base of the observation platform. The old observation tower was torn down in Early October 2006. The trail leading to the summit has been paved, and a new observation platform was constructed and opened to the public in January 2009.An exhibit hall is open seasonally at the summit with information about the mountain's natural, cultural and historical heritage. The park operates a restaurant and a small tent camping sites seasonally.In addition to Mount Mitchell itself, the park encompasses several other peaks which top out at over 6000' in elevation, including Mount Hallback, Mount Craig (just 52ft shy of Mount Mitchell in Elevation and the second highest peak east of the Mississippi River), Big Tom and Balsam Cone. Trails lead to all these summits save Mount Hallback, and their exploration takes visitors away from the crowds on Mount Mitchell but to places similarly spectacular. About 8mi of trails exist within the park in all.
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  • View is amazing, clouds covered the mountain while we were there, where else can you go to "play in the clouds" and get beautiful views of fall leaves changing colors along the blue Ridge parkway. Tak...  more »
  • it snowed the day before and the gift shop closed for the 2017 season. Nice stamped walkway, a little snow and icicles left from yesterday. The walk was easy but uphill and pretty cold. However the vi...  more »
  • Having grown up and visited the no mountains for 50 years and thinking that it was the best foliage ever, Mount Mitchell proved me so wrong. You can drive almost to the the top of the HIGHEST mountain...  more »

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