Mount Mitchell State Park Family camping (camping near Charlotte)
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.
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.
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It's not uncommon to encounter black bears at Mount Mitchell State Park, particularly in warm weather months.
I love Mount Mitchell and visit it every year. However, in terms of camping options the state park campsite is the worst you can find in the vicinity. We stayed there for one night in May and didn't enjoy the experience. First of all, there's no parking next to the sites. You have to bring all of your stuff from a small parking lot up the stairs to the site, to unpack and then again, to pack. Second, the top of Mount Mitchell has its own micro-climate and is often foggy. The night we spent there was cold, windy and miserable. We were in the cloud, with strong winds and rain through the night, with no trees to protect from the wind. In the morning I couldn't start the stove, so we packed and drove half a mile down to the Blue Ridge Parkway where we found late spring, bright sun light, chirping birds and beautiful views. If you are looking for camping around Mount Mitchell, check out Black Mountain Family Campground at the base of the mountain.
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.
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.
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. 🤷♂️
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. :-)
even when it rained, it was worth camping there. very calm, not too many people.
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.
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.
We had an amazing time camping at Mount Mitchell State Park! This is one of our favorite places in the area!