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Address: Burnsville, NC
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking
Description: The highest mountain in the Black Mountain Range.

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Unique Trail Run

The Mount Mitchell trail (starts near the parking lot in the Black Mountain Campground by the Toe River) is an 11.4 mile out and back trail with a 3500 ft elevation gain. What... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The Mount Mitchell trail (starts near the parking lot in the Black Mountain Campground by the Toe River) is an 11.4 mile out and back trail with a 3500 ft elevation gain. What makes it unique is the changes in the ecosystem from the base to the summit. It starts with dense rhododendron thickets, then gradually thins out and incorporates... More 

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Lake Norman, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

On a clear day seems like you can see for a hundred miles in every direction. Good hiking trails for casual or extended hikes. Visitor's center with refreshments. Plenty of picnic space. Camping is limited to a small area for primitive sites only. During the summer months there is a restaurant that serves good food with a spectacular view. The... More 

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77 reviews 77 reviews
29 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

From the top there is a platform with maps that show you what you are looking at. You can see "forever" from here! There are hiking trails that cross this mountain, so get a map from the visitor's center if you want to venture off the beaten trail! There is a restaurant near the top that is excellent also!

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Glen Burnie, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We go motorcycle riding along the Blue Ridge Parkway every summer. Mt Mitchell is a great place to stop, eat, then continue to the top for the gorgeous view. The hike from the parking lot to the peak is fairly steep but they have golf carts to shuttle handicap and elderly visitors. The restaurant staff is super friendly and their... More 

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WPB
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Going up the mountain is insane. We took the Blue Ridge Parkway. There were so many curves so sticking to the speed limit is a must. Going up little by little there are little areas where you can stop and get out, take pictures and just absorb mother nature. Futher up we were lucky enough to find icicles on the... More 

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Toccoa, Georgia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This is always a highlight to our annual pilgrimage to the fall leaf season. Good restaurant with a great view! Go all the way to the top of the mountain and there is viewing decks for a spectacular endless view. Check the weather before you leave to go up to this park. The topography creates its own weather. So it... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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72 reviews 72 reviews
32 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The drive to the Mt. Mitchell is extremely beautiful! Mountains as far as the eye can see! Once you arrive and park there is a short walk to the top. And once you are there you are rewarded with the most amazing views! So peaceful & beautiful! I could have stayed there forever!!

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Greenville, South Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I have been here many times. Off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mount Mitchell is worth the drive from miles around. The lookout point, on a clear day, enables you to see for many, many miles. The best time to go is in the fall when the leaves are at their peak- it will steal your breath away.

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Woodruff, South Carolina, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Beautiful view! Totally worth the drive! I took my mom and then the next weekend went with my friends. The park is stunning ams the restaurant is top notch! Good country cooking and friendly waitresses. In the late fall take a jacket it's a bit windy at the top. The trails rock and it's a fun day trip!

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Dayton, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

My son, who lives in Asheville, drove us to Mount Mitchell one beautiful Fall day. It took a bit longer than we expected but was well worth the drive. It was interesting to see the change from deciduous forests to low scrub then to high elevation fir trees as we continued our upward drive. When you arrive at the Museum/Information... More 

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