Few North Carolinians Know That Mount Mitchell Was The First State Park In The Southeastern US

One of North Carolina’s most famous landmarks has a historical significance most people don’t know about: It is officially the oldest state park in the entire southeastern United States. Read on to learn more and see some rare images of lookout towers that once graced the summit of Mount Mitchell State Park in North Carolina.

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What’s your favorite season to reconnect with this huge mountain? And did you realize this is the oldest and first state park in the entire South? That’s North Carolina… we’re trendsetters, through and through.

Learn more about the history of Mount Mitchell and Black Dome from the official website for North Carolina State Parks and Recreation. You’ll also find a link there for park hours and other amenities within the park (a restaurant, for instance).

Address: 2388 NC-128, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA