Starting out at 3,200 feet from Black Mountain Campground, in Pisgah National Forest, the 5.6-mile Mount Mitchell Trail ascends steeply through a thick forest of oak, hickory, birches, and eventually Fraser firs. This is a strenuous hike with a number of interesting side trails, including the Black Mountain Crest Trail and Colbert's Ridge Trail.

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Review of Mount Mitchell Trail

Active and Adventure Review of Mount Mitchell Trail

Away Travel Editor: Alistair Wearmouth
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Editor Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Day Hiking,Trekking and Backpacking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Connect two of Pisgah National Forest's finest campgrounds, Carolina Hemlocks and Black Mountain, by connecting the summit trail to Mount Mitchell with the Black Mountain Crest Trail and then Colbert's Ridge Trail. The hiking here is steep and strenuous, though with a payoff of expansive views, interconnected ridge summits, and plenty of forest solitude.
  • Bring warm clothing for this day hike as the 3,000-foot elevation gain can spell sudden changes in temperatures and conditions.

Pisgah National Forest/Mount Mitchell State Park
North Carolina

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