Excellent hike. First half straight up, downhill after that mostly along a creek.
Went down Commissary Trail (behind park office) up Camp Alice Trail to Mt Mitchell trail. Came back down Mt Mitchell Trail.
This hike is on a forest service road. Two people can walk side-by-side for most of the hike. It has beautiful views of the Nolichucky River Gorge. It is also a horse trail.
Used the cutoff trail. Very steep for cross country skiing