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The Peak: Mt. Mitchell

Enjoy solitude and fixed-rope scrambling on the East's highest mountain.
mitchell-Blackley_445.jpgBeast of the East: Mt. Mitchell is the left-most peak. (Pat & Chuck Blackley)

The Best…
Car camping
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.

Highpoint dayhike
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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