Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
Dispersed
Group
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Mount Mitchell State Park

Family camping

The nine-site family campground is open from May 1 to October 31 with full facilities. Each site is equipped with a grill and picnic table. Restrooms for use during warm seasons are located nearby. Showers and hot water are not provided.

Pack-in camping

Campers may leave vehicles in the park overnight to backpack into the Pisgah National Forest. Visitors who leave their vehicles in the park must register on the forms provided at the trailheads near the parking area or at the park office. Leave the form on the dashboard of your car. Mount Mitchell offers a choice of trails from which to enjoy the nearby alpine woodlands.

Ready to Reserve

It's not uncommon to encounter black bears at Mount Mitchell State Park, particularly in warm weather months.

Operator
State
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Features
ADA Accessible
No Alchohol
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Reservable
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Location
Mount Mitchell State Park is located in North Carolina
Latitude
35.76 N
Longitude
-82.271 W
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Directions
Mount Mitchell State Park is located in Yancey County, 33 miles north of Asheville off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker #355. From the West From Asheville, take the Blue Ridge Parkway north to mile marker #355 and turn left onto NC 128, which leads to the park. Winter conditions may cause delays or closures on the parkway. To access the park from Asheville when the Parkway is closed from that side, take I-40 East to exit 72, which is the Old Fort Hwy 70 exit. You will go east (through Old Fort) for about 10 miles until you come to NC 80. You will turn left (north) on NC 80 and stay on it for 16 miles. Turn left onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. Follow the signs from there. From the East From I-40 West, take exit 86, NC 226 to Marion/Shelby. NC 226 merges with US 221 and US 70 in Marion. Veer left on US 70. After about two miles, turn north on NC 80. Follow NC 80 north/northeast for 16 miles. Turn left onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. Follow the parkway to mile marker #355 and turn right onto NC 128, which leads to the park. From Highway 19, travel south on Highway 80 and turn right onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. Follow the parkway south to mile marker #355 and turn onto NC 128, which leads to the park.
16 Reviews of Mount Mitchell State Park
Family Favorite Campground

How exactly do you beat these views?

Campsite #6 is our favorite, and never disappoints. Our first night on this trip, the sky was clear and we could see the milky way! We left home and the temperate was well into the high 90’s, however the temperate on top of the mountain never came above 62! The sunset from the campground parking lot and our campsite, is breathtaking as you can see in the photos I’ve included.

This is a primitive campground. So if you’re family needs some ‘downtime’ to disconnect and unwind, find your way to Mt. Mitchell Campground. Explore cooking over a campfire and hiking the trails in the refreshing 60 degree weather. No electricity, no wi-fi, just pure quality time.

Important note: Do pay attention to the weather, listed on the state park website. Wind gusts easily get into the double digits, and if you aren’t prepared for that, it can be alarming, especially while tent camping.

Very pretty and secluded.

Very limited

highest point east of the mississippi

Love to escape to Mount Mitchell in the summer.  Highest temperature recorded was 81.   I've always built a nice fire during any summer night.  Never go without planning for a very cold night (or day for that matter).  Nice hiking trails to explore and onsite restaurant.  Make sure you make a reservation before coming.  it always books up in advance.

Best place for the worst trip

Beautiful views on top of the mountain! The restaurant was great! Nice camping pad! Took our 1 yo camping on top of the mountain in late September. The wind tossed out tent back and forth. It want going anywhere but it kept her awake. Drove up and down the mountain in super fog. I could see about 5’ in front of the car. Finally gave up and packed it in at 3:30 am. Had to call the ranger to let us out at 4:15. Such a nightmare. Our fault. Not the park. 🤷‍♂️

My favorite Campground

I love this campground. Only 9 sites means it's never too busy although that can make it hard to book sometimes since it is really popular in season. We've been camping there for over 30 years and there have been a lot of changes over that time but I still love that park. The views from the campground and the platform at the summit are beautiful and the whole park is well maintained. It's close enough to Asheville to run down for lunch or sightseeing just make sure you are back in the park by 8 PM because the gate closes then and it's an uphill semi-strenuous walk to the campground from there if you are locked out. :-)

Amazing

even when it rained, it was worth camping there. very calm, not too many people.

Very small elevated campground with great stars!

Mount Mitchell Campground is located on Mount Mitchell. You need to hike into each campsite, passing the previous campsite on your way. You camp on a fairly level slab as you get higher on the mountain so as you pass people, your campsite is above them. It feels very remote and would be challenging for older people and people who have difficulty walking. Flushable toilets are available at this campground.

We love the quiet and the stars of Mount Mitchell. We have hiked up Mount Mitchell to the highest point - but beware of Weevil mating season! One of our trips ended badly (late July) due to our poor timing lining up with Weevil mating season. Small black bugs were everywhere, covering every inch of ground and our clothing during our hike.

Wonderfully cool all year round!

There are plenty of tent camping sites along the Mountain to Sea trail and throughout the park. I camped by Commissary Ridge next to a small Creek and an excellent view of sunrise. The coffee at the concession stand at the top was very nice.

Amazing Trip!

We had an amazing time camping at Mount Mitchell State Park! This is one of our favorite places in the area!

Veiws are majestic, Weather is unique, Hammocks are allowed, but not easy

There are 9 sites at the campground you can reserve a spot at. There is water, bathrooms, and all 9 spots are easy to get to from the parking lot.

The rangers require that all camping be on the the tent pads, this includes hammocks. With that said the aphids and acid rain destroyed the canopy cover that was there just 20 years ago. There are only 2 sites here that have trees large enough for hammocks any more.

Be careful in researching the trails here as well, you will see the hike guides saying to use the old Mitchell trail from the campsite to the summit, that is not the trail you will be on though from the main site. You will be on the campsite spur trail… just shy of 1 mile to the summit.

There are several sites throughout the park, Deep Gap being the easiest to get to, 4.5 miles from the Mitchell Summit parking lot over both Mount Craig and Big Tom. The trail there can be hard at points with more stairs than you want to count and several areas where you are hiking on boulders. In the dry weather pretty easy, get caught in the rain and it's pretty slick. I have seen 4 year old hike this trail though, and families go to Big Tom with infants on their backs all the time. My last trek there I sat with a man in his late 80's at the summit of Mount Craig.

All of the water in the park is listed as "non potable" but it's because of the laws defining the pipes and the flow of water, as the pipes are in granite they can't make the modification needed to label it at potable by current standards. The entire mountain system is fed by the same springs and is slightly chlorinated and safe to drink.

Campsites 4 and 5 have the best veiw of Mount Mitchell

Campsite 1 has a easy ramp access from the parking lot and is the most isolated

Campsite 8 is the smallest site due to the weirdly shaped tree next to the tent pad

Currently there is free wood there as they are felling the dead trees and leaving the wood split in the sites for free. There is enough dead wood there that they are guessing this will continue till 2020.

There are no shower facilities at this camp.

The bear boxes do leak so don't think they are water proof.

The rangers do patrol the campgrounds several times each night, and take the alcohol ban very seriously.