Mount Mitchell State Park
From Switzerland Inn in Little Switzerland take the Blue Ridge Parkway to the highest peak east of the Mississippi. You drive almost to the top. A short paved walking path to the peak.
We make a day trip there every summer. Temperatures are always 10-20 degrees cooler. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains and the highest peak in mainland eastern North America. We love the Balsam Trail hike. Have lunch or try sitting out on the patio enjoying the view…
Whether you're an avid hiker our out for the views this fills the bill. Hike up from the base or drive to the upper lot and walk the easy 300 yards to the top for 380° view! It's spectacular!
About 45 min. from our Retreat (25 miles). An awe inspiring area with breath taking views and miles of hiking trails. Lots to see and do in the park, incl. nature exhibits and more. This mountain is right off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Mount Mitchell is about an hours drive from downtown but worth every minute. There are two trails at the parking lot. One is a quick hike and the other you can go as far as you’d like (12.5 miles out) and come back whenever. The main trail is intermediate to advanced with some light bouldering…