August 23, 2010

Mount Mitchell State Park

Mount Mitchell Summit

At the top of Mount Mitchell

After spending 5 days and 4 nights hanging out in Mount Mitchell State Park in North Carolina, I can honestly say it’s one of my favorites places in the country (so far). The mountains are unlike any of the mountains I’ve seen out west and have a mystic feel to them, especially when the clouds surround them.

The hiking was incredible, especially when the trails were surrounded by moss covered trees and rocks. There were even a few waterfalls we came across that were much larger than I would have expected to see.

The only downside of our stay here was the fact that it rained every single day. Plus there was constant thunder in the distance which kept us from going on any really long hikes (it’s not fun hiking in lightning storms).


Here’s some of my favorite pictures from Mount Mitchell State Park:

Clouds over Mount Mitchell

Clouds over Mount Mitchell

At our camp site

One of the campsites we stayed at

Creek near Black Mountain Campground

Creek near Black Mountain Campground

Hike to Roaring Fork Falls

Our dog leading the way to Roaring Fork Falls

Roaring Fork Falls

Roaring Fork Falls

My favorite view of the mountains

My favorite view of the mountains

View of Mountains

Another view of the mountains

Compass at Summit

A Compass at the summit of Mount Mitchell

Guy on tomb of Dr. Mitchell

Man lying on the tomb of Dr. Mitchell

7 thoughts on “Mount Mitchell State Park

  1. Vishnu @ sysfun

    Justin, Nice to see that there is a world outside the cubicle. The Photo of the campsite give an impression of being near there somewhere!.
    Other pictures are also cool(like the fork falls)

  2. Couch Surfing Ori

    Great shots! I envy that you have someone to go to these beautiful sites with, AND a dog. These have been some of the frustrations of my travels. These are great shots, and based on the sign about tallest peak East of the Mississippi, I want to interject a getting high joke. Glad to see you’re still traveling/adventuring.

  3. Allen

    Great Shots. Wish I could visit Mt. Mitchell soon.
    I’ve stumbled upon your blog from Chris Ducker’s post on his list of lifestyle designers and I’m greatly inspired to follow all your footsteps. 🙂

  4. BJ

    How did your pup do? I have heard that some of the trails are not recommended for our furry friends unless they are wolves or malamutes. I am planning a primitive excursion for a week and want to take me do (looks a lot like yours)…she has a pack and a jacket if the weather gets too cool, and of course she’d be my bivvy buddy. Any specific challenges…did you do the 12 mile trail or a shorter one?



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