Greenville SC to Mount Mitchell

7 reviews #7 hike out of 477 in
11.0 mi
Distance
5 hrs 12 min
Time
terrain
3,627 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a challenging hike, climbing to the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest peak East of the Mississippi. You will probably only encounter a few hikers along the way, but be prepared for crowds at the top that have driven there. This is an out and back trail, with a climb of nearly 4,000 ft. For variety, on your way down, take a detour out to Higgins Bald, adding about 1/2 mile.

Getting Started

The hike starts from the somewhat remote Black Mountain Campground. If you are not a guest at the campground, park at the small lot across the river, outside of the campground. Note that the trailhead at this lot leads in the opposite direction to Green Knob.

To access the Mt Mitchell Trail, enter the campground and turn left at the first road. After about 1/2 mile, the trailhead is marked with a sign on the right.

Taking Children

This is a very challenging hike with some rough and steep sections. It is not recommended for young children.



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    2 months, 1 week ago
    Tough hike but amazing views from each of the peaks. Tough terrain—-be prepared.
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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Very challenging but well worth the views.
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skycleandj 2 years, 1 month ago
Mt. Mitchell trail
This hike just doesn't give in. Its up hill the whole way. Kind of sucks getting to the top and seeing people struggling to walk to the top of the observatory after you just hiked from the bottom. Still rewarding though. I got off on the wrong trail for about .4 miles and actually descended 24' before I realized something was wrong. Still only took me 2:40. I had plenty of time to drink the 6pack I brought with me before my ride got there to pick me up.
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rickharrison2000 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Track (2/14/20, 10:57:00AM)
This is a very challenging trail especially with snow and ice. The trail has lots of roots, rocks and ditches.
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