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Mount Mitchell State Park is in the Black Mountain range, which reaches higher than the Blue Ridge or
Smoky Mountains. At 6,684 feet, its dominant mountain Mount Mitchell is the
highest peak in the eastern United States. A cool climate, unique flora and
fauna and easy access from the
Blue Ridge Parkway make this a very popular vacation spot. Mount Mitchell State Park offers tent camping, six trails of
varying difficulty, nature study, picnic areas, Natural History Museum and
restaurant. The Park is 1,727 acres in size, and the summit of Mount Mitchell is
famous for its spectacular views. On a clear day it is possible to see for more
than 70 miles. The Natural History Museum located on the way to the Stone
Observation Tower at the summit has dioramas, exhibits and recordings that
present some of the unusual higher elevation plants and wildlife.
The Park was created in 1916 by individuals concerned with the destruction of
virgin forests by logging, and the mountain was named for Dr. Elisha Mitchell,
the first person to take measurements of the Black Mountains, which include Mt.
Mitchell. Dr. Mitchell is buried on the summit of Mount Mitchell at the base of
the 42-foot tall observation tower.