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At the Summit of Mount Mitchell

Top of the world, Mount Mitchell State Park, NC

Observation deck at the summit of Mount Mitchell State ParkIt’s pretty easy to get to the highest point in the eastern US; visit Mount Mitchell in western North Carolina and most can easily maneuver the 285 yards paved Summit Tower Trail to the top observation deck.  It is handicap accessible.  But be prepared for chilly weather with temps about 20 degrees cooler than lower elevations, experts say the climate is more like Canada than North Carolina.  At 6,684’ you will be rewarded with a 360-degree view for up to 85 miles of the surrounding Black Mountain Range and the On he trails, at Mount Mitchell State ParkPisgah National Forest.  There are many trails of varying levels throughout the Park and several easy trails from the summit. The informative signage about wildlife, plants, and geology make it a particularly enjoyable, educational experience for families. Read the rest of this entry