Black Mountain High Country Hike

Morganton, North Carolina

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This hike starts at Mount Mitchell State Park, where you begin on the shoulder of the East’s highest peak, then travel along the crest of the Black Mountains, scaling several mountains above 6,500 feet. The ridge running track traverses spectacular view-delivering outcrops on an uneven, rugged, and slow trail. Check the weather forecast before you take this hike at Mount Mitchell—the peak is cloaked in fog, rain, or snow eight out of every ten days. Snow has been recorded every month of the year; 104 inches of the white stuff fall annually. But that’s life at the top of the highest point in the East, right here in Asheville’s backyard.
Best Hikes Near Asheville, North Carolina

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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This hike starts at Mount Mitchell State Park, where you begin on the shoulder of the East’s highest peak, then travel along the crest of the Black Mountains, scaling several mountains above 6,500 feet. The ridge running track traverses spectacular view-delivering outcrops on an uneven, rugged, and slow trail.

Check the weather forecast before you take this hike at Mount Mitchell—the peak is cloaked in fog, rain, or snow eight out of every ten days. Snow has been recorded every month of the year; 104 inches of the white stuff fall annually. But that’s life at the top of the highest point in the East, right here in Asheville’s backyard.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Morganton
Distance: 7.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest, Appalachian Ranger District, 632 Manor Rd., Mars Hill, NC 28754, (828) 689-9694, www.fs.usda.gov
Local Maps: National Geographic #779 Linville Gorge, Mount Mitchell Pisgah National Forest; USGS Mount Mitchell
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Mountain High Country Hike

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Apr 2018