To visit Mount Mitchell State Park is to experience what it might feel like to stand at the top of the world. It’s the highest point east of the Mississippi River, but it’s also shrouded in natural beauty, stately evergreens, and a magical allure that you can only find in North Carolina. Plus, getting there means taking one of the most scenic routes in America: the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here’s more on why a day trip to Mount Mitchell State Park in North Carolina is one of the very best you can take.

After you’ve finished exploring the park, be sure to enjoy a packed lunch at one of the park’s picnic shelters. With views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this picnic area is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen!

Have you visited Mount Mitchell State Park before? If so, tell us all about your adventures in the comments below — we’d love to hear from you! Be sure to consult the official Mount Mitchell State Park website before your visit to check on weather conditions. The temperature on Mount Mitchell can sometimes be up to 20 degrees colder than what you’d experience in nearby towns. You might want to pack a warm jacket!

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What are some of the best state parks to visit in North Carolina?

North Carolina is absolutely stunning, and for proof of this, look no further than the wonderful state parks system. Below you'll find a list of the best state parks to visit in North Carolina:

  • Mount Mitchell State Park
  • Jockey's Ridge State Park
  • Elk Knob State Park
  • Hanging Rock State Park
  • Chimney Rock State Park
  • Hammocks Beach State Park
  • William B. Umstead State Park
  • Pilot Mountain State Park
  • Stone Mountain State Park
  • Lake Norman State Park
  • Fort Macon State Park
  • Dismal Swamp State Park
  • Jordan Lake State Park
  • South Mountains State Park
  • Lake Waccamaw State Park


Planning a trip to any of these magical places? Learn more about what makes each park so unique when you check out our full list of the best state parks in North Carolina.

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