Summit Trail

At A Glance


0.1 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 0.1
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Paved
Hikes That Use This Trail: Old Mitchell, Mount Mitchell


This easy leg stretcher leads from the summit parking area to the circular observation platform at the summit itself. It is a paved path through a decimated fir forest; nearly all the large firs are dead but new ones are sprouting everywhere to take their place. The platform provides spectacular views from the highest point east of the Mississippi river. The summit is now accessible.

Intersecting Trails

  • Balsam Nature
  • Mountains to Sea Section 3
  • Mount Mitchell
  • Old Mitchell
  • This trail is located in the Mount Mitchell State Park area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Mount Mitchell State Park trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Mount Mitchell Summit - Parking to Old Mitchell

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Accessible
    • Length: 263 ft

    Mount Mitchell Summit - To Summit

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Accessible
    • Length: 505 ft

    Mount Mitchell Summit - Mountains to Sea - to Balsam Nature

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Accessible
    • Length: 248 ft

    Total Calculated Length: 0.19 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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