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“Not for the Faint of Heart”

Mount Mitchell State Park
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Burnsville
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The highest mountain in the Black Mountain Range.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not for the Faint of Heart”
Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

We wanted to do this hike because it was the "highest peak East of the Mississippi." We have done some tough hikes so were prepared to work hard, but wow! This hike is an uphill climb for almost the entire 3000' climb. The terrain itself is tough with roots, slippery rocks, little streams along the way. We were prepared with plenty of food and water, good hiking shoes, etc but it was still a very difficult climb. If you are going to do this hike make sure you are prepared to spend a good part of your day, bring the proper food/water and make sure you are in good physical shape.

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Windermere, FL, USA
Level 6 Contributor
83 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great Views! And snow!”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

It was a bit of a drive to get up there, a main section of the Blue Ridge Parkway was shut down so we had to go up 80 to get to the part that was still open. But it is possible even with the shut down to get to Mt Mitchell, and it's worth it. It was a lot of fun and cold! There was still snow and ice all around, which made some of the trails hard to hike. We went down the Deep Gap Trail for a bit. You needed to be a bit strategic where you placed your feet but that was part of the fun for us. Animals are allowed, so we brought our dog with us and she had a great time running over the snow. The view from the observation area is amazing.

Visited March 2014
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Zirconia, North Carolina, United States
Level 6 Contributor
220 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“worth the long drive”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

A bit of a long drive from Asheville but certainly well worth it. Spectacular views and well maintained paved trails. Bit of a hike to the summit observation area which has been completely rebuilt. There is good parking but bring a light jacket even in the summer.

Visited August 2013
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Greenville, South Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Awesome view”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

Mt. Mitchell is now one of our favorite places for hiking and camping. They have a wonderful little camping area with 9 campsites so no overcrowding. The mountains are just amazing and you end up above the clouds. Driving up can be a little scary if it is a cloudy day (it was definitely a cloudy day...), but I was glad that we braved it. My fiance and I had a fantastic time hiking around and saw all sorts of wildlife. There were butterflies absolutely everywhere! So beautiful!! The trees were amazing too. And you can drive almost to the top if you are just checking out the view. You still have to walk a little way to the top from the big parking lot, but it is definitely handicap friendly and the rangers have a little vehicle they can utilize for those that can't hike the relatively short walk. Good idea to have a sweater as it tends to be cold and the air a little damp (and thin!). The Blue Ridge Parkway was shut down for construction when we went so there was a bit more road time than necessary, but it was still 100% worth it!

Visited October 2013
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Burnsville, NC
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Top of the World in North Carolina!”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Wonderful views and great hikes! Pack a sweater even in the summer!
In late fall and early spring call to check there is no closure on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It might be sunny in Asheville and icy on the Parkway.

Visited June 2013
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