Couple resting at a mountain's summit

Everything You Need to Know About Mount Mitchell State Park

Western North Carolina is a mountain lover’s dream destination. The Chimney Rock, Asheville, and the surrounding areas are filled with natural beauty. From small nature areas to large-scale state parks, there’s an abundance of outdoor recreation to be found in our area like Mount Mitchell State Park. Mt. Mitchell’s summit sits at 6,684 feet, which makes it the highest vantage point east of the Mississippi River. Each year, locals and visitors alike hike to its highest peak for awe-inspiring views of Western North Carolina. We can’t wait to welcome you to our beautiful area!

When you’re ready to start planning, be sure to take a look a look at our free Vacation Guide! This resource is filled with local insight on how to spend your time in the Asheville and Chimney Rock area! 

Top Things to Do at Mount Mitchell State Park


On your way to the summit, stop by Mount Mitchell State Park’s museum! This education center is located near the mountain’s peak. The museum offers valuable insight into what makes this summit so special like its natural history and cultural significance. Visitors can also view wood carvings and replicas of Mt. Mitchell’s most significant figures, topographical maps, and interactive exhibits. Having this knowledge before you arrive at the observation deck only helps you to appreciate it more! 


Mount Mitchell State Park features five hiking trails. The trails vary in difficulty, so there’s an adventure through the Fraser fir forest for every skill level! Hikers can choose from the Balsam Nature Trail, Camp Alice Trail, Commissary Trail, Deep Gap Trail, and Mount Mitchell Trail. The Mount Mitchell Trail is the most popular option among visitors. 

The Mount Mitchell Trail is a 12-mile roundtrip trek that’s suitable for skilled hikers. This route leads to the 6,684-foot summit. In total, the journey takes about eight hours. Be cautious of snow and ice on the trail, as this area, especially the summit, remains cool all year long. The forest service also encourages hikers to be prepared with appropriate gear and supplies.


Can’t get enough of what Mount Mitchell has to offer? Explore these out great things to do outdoors in Western North Carolina: 


Relax at The Esmeralda Inn after a day at Mount Mitchell State Park! Our guest rooms feature a rustic style with luxurious amenities. Consider a stay in our Premium Mountain View: King Room. This accommodation boasts an open-concept floor plan, a king-size bed, a private bathroom, and breathtaking mountain views. 

Esmeralda Inn Accommodations

A stay in any of our guest rooms gives you access to our first-class amenities and services. These include complimentary breakfast, use of our outdoor areas, access to the on-site spa, and reservations at The Esmeralda Restaurant

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