Mount Mitchell State Park Loop

Asheville, North Carolina

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This circuit hike takes you to the highest point east of the Mississippi River—Mount Mitchell. Start at the park office, traversing rare spruce-fir forest and take the historic Old Mitchell Trail to the summit, where prolific panoramas can be had on clear days. Descend along Lower Creek on the also historic Camp Alice Trail. Mount Mitchell has been determined to be the highest point east of the Mississippi River without doubt. The mountaintop stands at 6,683 feet along the crest of the Black Mountains. However, there was once a great controversy as to the true high point in the East. Some thought it was Grandfather Mountain, an impressive crag to the northeast of Mount Mitchell. Others thought it was Clingmans Dome in the Smokies, yet still others thought it was a peak such as Mount Washington in New England.
Best Hikes Near Asheville, North Carolina

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Best Hikes Near Asheville, North Carolina

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This circuit hike takes you to the highest point east of the Mississippi River—Mount Mitchell. Start at the park office, traversing rare spruce-fir forest and take the historic Old Mitchell Trail to the summit, where prolific panoramas can be had on clear days. Descend along Lower Creek on the also historic Camp Alice Trail.

Mount Mitchell has been determined to be the highest point east of the Mississippi River without doubt. The mountaintop stands at 6,683 feet along the crest of the Black Mountains. However, there was once a great controversy as to the true high point in the East. Some thought it was Grandfather Mountain, an impressive crag to the northeast of Mount Mitchell. Others thought it was Clingmans Dome in the Smokies, yet still others thought it was a peak such as Mount Washington in New England.

© 2017 Johnny Molloy /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Asheville
Distance: 4.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Mitchell State Park, 2388 State Hwy. 128, Burnsville, NC 28714, (828) 675-4611, www.ncparks.gov/mount-mitchell-state-park
Local Maps: Mount Mitchell State Park; USGS Mount Mitchell
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Mitchell State Park Loop

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