Old Mitchell Trail

Asheville, North Carolina

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Mount Mitchell is a hike that dogs with sure footing and long, heavy coats will love. The state park is named for its prominent summit—Mount Mitchell—which is also the highest peak in the eastern United States, at 6684 feet elevation. The entire park, including numerous hiking trails, a campground, picnic area, restaurant, and museum, sits above 6000 feet, keeping it cool throughout summer and usually closed in winter due to severe weather, strong winds, and snowy, icy roads. Its alpine environment more closely resembles the climate of Canada than the surrounding Southern Appalachians. This loop is a great hike for dogs as it combines the Old Mitchell, Camp Alice, and Commissary Ridge Trails. Start at the Old Mitchell trailhead in front of the park office. Immediately enter a spruce–fir forest and follow a yellow circle blaze to start climbing a trail softly padded with rich soil and fallen evergreen needles.
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

Mount Mitchell is a hike that dogs with sure footing and long, heavy coats will love. The state park is named for its prominent summit—Mount Mitchell—which is also the highest peak in the eastern United States, at 6684 feet elevation. The entire park, including numerous hiking trails, a campground, picnic area, restaurant, and museum, sits above 6000 feet, keeping it cool throughout summer and usually closed in winter due to severe weather, strong winds, and snowy, icy roads. Its alpine environment more closely resembles the climate of Canada than the surrounding Southern Appalachians.

This loop is a great hike for dogs as it combines the Old Mitchell, Camp Alice, and Commissary Ridge Trails. Start at the Old Mitchell trailhead in front of the park office. Immediately enter a spruce–fir forest and follow a yellow circle blaze to start climbing a trail softly padded with rich soil and fallen evergreen needles.

© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Asheville
Distance: 4.4
Elevation Gain: 580 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Late spring, summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,100 feet
Top Elevation: 6,684 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Mitchell State Park
Local Maps: USGS Mount Mitchell
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Mitchell Trail

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