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Mount Mitchell

 9 votes

Length

11.7 Miles 18.8 Kilometers

69%

Runnable

90%

Singletrack

Elevation

3,651' 1,113 m

Ascent

-3,650' -1,113 m

Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

43%

Max Grade (23°)

6,663' 2,031 m

High

3,012' 918 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 60 days ago
Snowy: A little snowy at the top but not an issue. Also, all bathrooms and water spickets were closed/turned off at the state park. History

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Ascend the tallest peak in The East from humble beginnings in Briar Bottom Group Campground.

Matthew Meek

Overview

This park is EXTREMELY dog friendly, granted they must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 ft.
This fantastic run takes you from Briar Bottom Group Campground (Poplar Shelter) to the summit of Mt. Mitchell and back again.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

There is no overnight parking at the campground, so you'll have to park a good way down the road if you want to park overnight.

Description

Leaving from Poplar Shelter, follow the Mt. Mitchell Trail #190 as it makes a steady climb of over 3600 feet on a safe and well marked, albeit-technical, trail along multiple ridgelines to the summit. When on trail, be sure to follow blue trail blazes whatever you do. This should ensure you make it to the right place, but if in doubt, you can always use the Trail Run Project mobile app to keep you on track.

If you're looking to do this as an overnight, keep your eyes peeled for dispersed campsites and accompanying fire rings. Some of the best spots are located near mile three at a field and stream located near the trail, as well as around mile four near Commissary Ridge and an adjoining field.

Upon reaching the top of the Mt. Mitchell Trail #190, bear left onto the Mt. Mitchell Summit Trail for otherworldly views from the overlook before making the trek back to the campground. If you'd prefer not to make the trek down and can arrange a shuttle, cars can reach the summit via NC 128.

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Dec 29, 2017
Lexi Gross
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