This park includes the 6,684-foot Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain peak east of the Rockies. The summit was named after Elisha Mitchell, a professor at UNC–Chapel Hill, who died from a fall while trying to prove the mountain's true height. At the 1,946-acre park you can climb an observation tower and get food (May–October) at a restaurant there. You can drive to a parking area about 100 feet from the summit and hike the short distance to the summit. Keep an eye on the weather here, as high winds and snow can occur at almost any time, occasionally even in summer. Clouds obscure the views here for at least parts of 8 days out of 10. Keep an eye out for foraging black bears, which have been active and sometimes aggressive in parts of the park.
2388 NC Hwy. 128, off MM 355 Blue Ridge Pkwy., Burnsville, North Carolina, 28714, United States