Mount Mitchell State Park will be celerbating its 100th Anniversary August 26-27. So the events:
*Ascent of the Century – Hike 6 Miles, 4,000 vertical to the summit (the event includes two nights of camping and a descent by tour bus)
*Centennial Celebration – Traditional mountain music and modern bluegrass will be featured during the day, along with dancing, folk artists and sounds of the mountain dulcimer. Performers will include the Mountain Laurel Band, Nitrograss, Pete and Kim McWhirter, Don Pedi and the Bailey Mountain Cloggers.
*Hiking for a Century – Guided hikes from the summit.
Check the linked items as there are restrictions and costs — including parking restrictions.
North Carolina legislators, at the urging of Gov. Locke Craig, launched an effort in 1915 to protect the mountain’s summit from intensive logging, and by the end of 1916, 795 acres had been acquired to create what would become Mount Mitchell State Park. North Carolina now has 41 state park units open to the public as well as a network of protected state natural areas, state lakes, rivers and trails that encompass 230,591 acres. During 2015, the parks system served a record 17.3 million visitors.