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black Mount Mitchell

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11.7 mile 18.8 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 3,651' 1,113 m
Descent: -3,650' -1,113 m
High: 6,663' 2,031 m
Low: 3,012' 918 m


Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)


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Trail shared by Matthew Meek

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

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

This park is EXTREMELY dog friendly, granted they must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 ft.


This fantastic hike takes you from Briar Bottom Group Campground (Poplar Shelter) to the summit of Mt. Mitchell and back again.

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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Jul 5, 2019
Alex Most
Jun 29, 2019
Susette Harvey
Was an amazing hike! Started at the top to the camp grounds and then back up 13mi — 8h 22m
Jun 28, 2019
Monika Witkowski
May 25, 2019
got sidetracked twice on the way up. hence the extra miles 14.1mi — 6h 30m
May 16, 2019
Miles Luning
6.6mi — 4h 00m
May 9, 2019
Henry Pharr
Not easy, but best route to see lowest to highest route to the summit of Mitchell. 3680 feet gain in 6.3 miles! 12.6mi
May 7, 2019
Heather Holmes
Apr 27, 2019
Dirk W

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