Backpacker Magazine –
The Peak: Mt. Mitchell
Beast of the East: Mt. Mitchell is the left-most peak. (Pat & Chuck Blackley)
Black Mountain Campground. April 14 (weather permitting) to Oct. 31. $16; (828) 675-5616.
Peak to view Mitchell
Take the Green Knob Trail from the Black Mountain Campground. A lookout tower on the knob’s 5,080-foot summit has views of Mt. Mitchell flanked by the shadowy Smokies, southwest.
Ascend 4,000 feet in 5.6 miles on the Mt. Mitchell Trail and return via the trail to Higgins Bald.
Slice of pizza
Get the Badlands pie at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company. ashevillebrewing.com
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