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Mount Mitchell

 4.8 (11)


11.7 Miles 18.8 Kilometers

3,651' 1,113 m


-3,650' -1,113 m



Avg Grade (7°)


Max Grade (23°)

6,663' 2,031 m


3,012' 918 m


Shared By Matthew Meek



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Ascend the tallest peak in The East from humble beginnings in Briar Bottom Group Campground.

Matthew Meek

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Commonly Backpacked


This fantastic hike takes you from Briar Bottom Group Campground (Poplar Shelter) to the summit of Mt. Mitchell and back again.
This park is EXTREMELY dog friendly, granted they must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 ft.

Need to Know

There is no overnight parking at the campground, so you'll have to park a good way down the road if you want to park overnight.


Leaving from Poplar Shelter, follow the Mt. Mitchell Trail #190 as it makes a steady climb of over 3600 feet on a safe and well marked, albeit-technical, trail along multiple ridgelines to the summit. When on trail, be sure to follow blue trail blazes whatever you do. This should ensure you make it to the right place, but if in doubt, you can always use the Hiking Project mobile app to keep you on track.

If you're looking to do this as an overnight, keep your eyes peeled for dispersed campsites and accompanying fire rings. Some of the best spots are located near mile three at a field and stream located near the trail, as well as around mile four near Commissary Ridge and an adjoining field.

Upon reaching the top of the Mt. Mitchell Trail #190, bear left onto the Mt. Mitchell Summit Trail for otherworldly views from the overlook before making the trek back to the campground. If you'd prefer not to make the trek down and can arrange a shuttle, cars can reach the summit via NC 128.


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May 27, 2018
Dan Crompton
Jan 21, 2018
Seth Beauchamp
6h 00m
Dec 19, 2017
Ryan Bowman
It was very windy and got a lot more colder once at the top. 5.6mi — 5h 00m
Nov 12, 2017
Towns Agnew
Oct 14, 2017
Eric Willhide
Aug 17, 2017
Chris McCloud
Done as part of BRP 2017. Beautiful views, worth the 5 hour RT hike.
Aug 17, 2017
Chris McCloud
Done as part of solo trip to Blue Ridge Parkway & Great Smoky Mountains NP for eclipse, August 2017.
Jul 23, 2017
Brett D
Black Mt. Campground trailhead

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A few good streams to take water breaks make this trail seem easier than it actually is Jul 16, 2017
There are many campsites scattered along the trail especially closer to the top. Dec 22, 2017
Also be aware: The Shelters at the state park are for day-use only and the family campgrounds are closed during the winter. Dec 22, 2017

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