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Old Mitchell Trail

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An awesome short trail to the summit of Mt. Mitchell.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

Point to Point

6,562' 2,000 m

High

6,100' 1,859 m

Low

714' 218 m

Up

252' 77 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Follow all State Park restrictions.

Description

Starting at the trailhead, head up the hill; immediately you'll feel the crunch, but don't worry after it is over you have about a mile to rest your legs! Little more than a half mile in you'll come across the State Park restaurant, make note if you return! Past the restaurant, you'll enter the forest in earnest now, some of which is still recovering. You'll pass the campground and then the final assault on your quads begins, but press on and in less than a half mile you'll see the most beautiful views on the blue ridge, as well as having reached the highest point in the eastern US!

Flora & Fauna

Ferns, wildflowers, conifers and mixed hardwood.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris Davis

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  4.4 from 7 votes

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#237

in North Carolina

#7,458

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Photos

View from the Mt. Mitchell summit.
Mar 10, 2016 near Burnsville, NC
View towards Maple Bald
Jul 26, 2018 near Burnsville, NC
Small bridge on trail
Aug 19, 2018 near Burnsville, NC
Summit view
Aug 19, 2018 near Burnsville, NC
Typical Trail Conditions on Old Mitchell
Jul 26, 2018 near Burnsville, NC
Head up to the summit of Mount Mitchell for great views!
Mar 3, 2017 near Burnsville, NC

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John Jackson
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May 6, 2021
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Mar 15, 2020
Kaushal Gokare
Dec 26, 2019
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Nov 2, 2019
Peter Willis
Bit muddy and frozen puddles after rain & frost. Must park a half mile up at the restaurant. Intermediate-difficult, lots of loose stones, rocks, r…