Mount Mitchell is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.037m (6,684ft) above the sea level, located in the Black Mountain of the Appalachians in North Carolina, USA. It’s the highest point in eastern North America.
The road to reach the summit is asphalted. It’s called North Carolina Highway 128 (NC 128) and runs from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The traffic can be slow, especially on the weekends. The two-lane road has mild curves as it enters Mount Mitchell State Park. If the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed due to inclement weather, access to NC 128 is cut-off. Bring a jacket or an extra layer of clothes. Temperatures are usually 10-30 degrees cooler than Asheville. Weather conditions can change rapidly. Take rain gear along if you are hiking. Eight out of ten days, the summit is covered in clouds and fog. Watch the weather, and try to visit when skies are very clear in Asheville. For those who ascend this mighty peak, what looms in the horizon is a feast for the eyes--breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling ridges and fertile valleys. Forested and forever misty, 1,946-acre Mount Mitchell State Park will provide you with some of the most tranquil moments you'll ever experience.
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