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Old Mitchell Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.8 mile 2.9 kilometer point to point
75% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 714' 218 m
Descent: -252' -77 m
High: 6,562' 2,000 m
Low: 6,100' 1,859 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)

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Trail shared by Chris Davis

An awesome short trail to the summit of Mt. Mitchell.

Chris Davis

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Follow all State Park restrictions.

Description

Starting at the trailhead, head up the hill; immediately you'll feel the crunch, but don't worry after it is over you have about a mile to rest your legs! Little more than a half mile in you'll come across the State Park restaurant, make note if you return! Past the restaurant, you'll enter the forest in earnest now, some of which is still recovering. You'll pass the campground and then the final assault on your quads begins, but press on and in less than a half mile you'll see the most beautiful views on the blue ridge, as well as having reached the highest point in the eastern US!

Flora & Fauna

Ferns, wildflowers, conifers and mixed hardwood.

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View from the Mt. Mitchell summit.
Mar 10, 2016 near Burnsville, NC
View towards Maple Bald
Jul 26, 2018 near Burnsville, NC
Summit view
Aug 19, 2018 near Burnsville, NC
Typical Trail Conditions on Old Mitchell
Jul 26, 2018 near Burnsville, NC
Head up to the summit of Mount Mitchell for great views!
Mar 3, 2017 near Burnsville, NC
Some of the fungi you'll meet
Jul 26, 2018 near Black M…, NC

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