North Carolina Highpoint – Mount Mitchell

The North Carolina state highpoint, Mount Mitchell, is the highest point in the US that is East of the Mississippi River.

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Logistically it is simple to climb Mount Mitchell, as it boasts a convenient parking lot just 100′ from the summit and a paved path to reach it. However, my traveling companions and I wanted to get some exercise so we parked at the ranger station on highway 128 and hiked the couple of miles to the summit. This was a pleasant and shaded stroll with some minor steep sections to work up a sweat. It feels better to “earn” a summit even when there is a simpler option of driving.

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