Mt. Mitchell Summit, Asheville, NC
If you hike up Mt. Mitchell, you’ll have bragging rights to say that you walked up the highest point in the United States, east of the Mississippi River. But don’t worry, it’s not a grueling one. If you get an early start, the trek can be accomplished daily. Throughout the year, people flock to this region to enjoy the epic vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Like most of the eastern US, the autumn colors on and around Mt. Mitchell are nothing short of breathtaking. There is quite a lot of elevation gain to go up against from the starting point at the Black Mountain Campground on the Toe River, so this is where adventurers shine. And be sure to bring along lots of food and water to fuel your summit hike!