Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 355.4: Mt. Mitchell
The highest peak in the eastern United States at an elevation of 6,684 ft, Mt. Mitchell is located in the 1,855-acre Mt. Mitchell State Park. While State Parks are managed separately from National Parks such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mt. Mitchell State Park is only accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway by taking NC 128 at Milepost 355.4 to the summit. The breathtaking views and climate at the peak make Mt. Mitchell a popular stop for many Parkway travelers.
Mt. Mitchell State Park includes hiking trails, picnic spots, and an observation deck with 360-degree views. Seasonally in May – October, visitors can enjoy the onsite Natural History Museum, restaurant, gift shop, and camping. Reservations for camping at Mt. Mitchell are managed by North Carolina State Parks.