Mount Mitchell State Park
the tallest peak in the Eastern US
In the crest of the Black Mountain Range lies the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the eastern United States. In the early 1900's logging activity expanded rapidly in this area and citizens began to voice their alarm about the destruction of the forest. Mount Mitchell State Park was established in 1915 by the state legislature as the first state park of North Carolina forever protecting the land and it's natural resources.
This 1,946 acre state park located in the heart of the Blue Ridge is surrounded by rolling ridges and fertile valleys that seem to be forever misty. You'll experience breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as you drive along the paved road that leads to the summit parking area at Mount Mitchell State Park. Once there you can choose to visit the 1,385 square-foot museum and exhibits that offer insight about the culture and natural history of Mount Mitchell, stop by the concessions and purchase peach or apple cider and then head down the hiking trail to the Observation Tower. The Mt. Mitchell gift shop, The Balsam Shop, open from 10am to 6pm May through October.