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Big Bear Cabin is located
within 5 minutes of the Orchard at Altapass, 10 minutes of the
areas best gem mining, 15 minutes of the nationally acclaimed
Penland School of Crafts, 10 minutes of the beautiful Linville
Falls Recreation Area, 25 minutes of Mount Mitchell, 45
minutes of the ski slopes, 20 minutes of Grandfather Mountain and
10 minutes of Linville Caverns.
Mount Mitchell State Park
Truly spectacular, Mount Mitchell rises a towering one mile high
in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Mount Mitchell is the
highest peak in the eastern United States at 6,684’.
Mount Mitchell Facts are quite impressive. Mount Mitchell State
Park is comprised of 1727 acres, bordered by the Pisgah National
Forest and Black Mountains to the east. Located in Yancey County
and established in 1915, it was the first state park of North
Carolina. The Black Mountain Range run for 15 miles and has 18
peaks higher than 6300’. The range derives its name from its
dark evergreen forests of spruce and fir and is the highest
range east of the Rockies with Mount Mitchell as its crowning
Near Burnsville, south on 19E, just next door to Spruce Pine NC
and Bear Den Campground, Mount Mitchell State Park offers a
short hike to the highest summit east of the Mississippi River.
From the parking lot, visitors can go to the observation tower
and the grave of the Elisha Mitchell, the UNC professor who
first documented the mountain’s height thus giving the mountain
its namesake. The Mt. Mitchell Trail is a 5.6 mile trek accessed
from the Black Mountain Campground, it ends at the summit.
Mount Hallback, Mount Craig, Big Tom and Balsam Cone are other
peaks in Mount Mitchell State Park topping 6000’ in elevation.
Every peak except Mount Hallback has trails leading away from
the bustling center of Mount Mitchell and offering spectacular
views. In all, Mount Mitchell State Park has 8 miles of trails
and plenty of trails leading out of the park into the
surrounding areas of the Black Mountains. Camp Alice, at 5800’,
is a historic logging site where the Civilian Conservation Corps
once camped. The trail follows old logging road and rail
tramways, amidst perennial streams and Spruce-Fir forests. Stop
at Maple Camp Bald for a sunny picnic spot midway through the
hike. The Black Mountain Crest Trail starts from the parking lot
on top of Mt. Mitchell and heads out 12 miles along Mt. Craig,
Big Tom, Cattail Peak and Potato Hill, then descends into Deep
Gap at 5700’.
Mount Mitchell is an epicenter of North Carolina Hikes and is a
wonderful place for families to visit, offering plenty of hiking
and biking opportunities.
Mount Mitchell State Park
Parkway at Highway 80
2388 State Highway 128
Burnsville, NC 28714
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