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Aug012012

Mount Mitchell State Park

Description

Located within the Black Mountain Range, Mount Mitchell is the highest point east of the Mississippi River, standing at 6,684 feet. Visitors will discover another world as they venture through Mount Mitchell State Park's alpine forest, more similar to forests of the northern US and Canada than to the rest of North Carolina. Northern year-round residents, such as Cedar Waxwing, are also year-round residents here at Mount Mitchell State Park. The park includes more than 10 miles of trail, which lead along ridge lines and the spruce-fir ecosystem, offering breathtaking views of Pisgah National Forest. Several peaks located in and around the park exceed 6,000 feet in elevation. Near the summit, watch for birds of prey, including Peregrine Falcon and Sharp-shinned Hawk. A night in the campground, just below the summit, may reward you with the calls of a Northern Saw-whet or Barred Owl. Common Raven, Carolina Chickadee, and White-Breasted Nuthatch can be spotted in berry thickets around the restaurant, as well as on several of the trails that traverse the State Park.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Peregrine Falcon, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Appalachian Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Black-capped Chickadee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red Crossbill

Habitat

spruce-fir forest, northern hardwood/cove forest, rocky outcrop, river/stream

Access and Parking

The park is open from 8am to 6pm, November - February; 8am to 7pm, March, October; 8am to 8pm, April, September; 8am to 9pm, May - August. The visitor center is open daily from 8am to 5pm.

Directions

Mount Mitchell State Park is 33 miles north of Asheville, off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 355. Follow NC 128 2.5 miles to the park entrance.

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