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Hike the highest point east of the Mississippi River at 6,684 ft. above sea levelDrive the Blue Ridge Parkway and take in the Blue Ridge Mountains*Distance: .4 mi, 1.2mi, or 4mi hike

Make a right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway into Mount Mitchell State Park. Drive a short way up the entrance road to the ranger's station. From here you can take the Old Mitchell Trail to the summit for a 4 mile round trip rated as "strenuous" by the park. If a shorter hike is desired, continue up the park road to the campground and take the Campsite Spur Trail through the campsites and mossy fir forest to the summit for a 1.2 mile round trip. The peak is also reachable by car. In order to avoid any sort of hiking, drive all the way up the road to the summit and take a paved path about a quarter mile to the top. At the summit is a stone viewing platform with excellent views of the surrounding peaks.

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