Mount Mitchell State Park Volunteer Project



Project Description: 
Volunteers will be rehabilitating the most popular trails in the park. The Balsam Nature Trail is near the summit of the highest peak East of the Mississippi. Volunteers will perform tread work including side-hilling, building new steps and water bars and other water diversion structures. Some rock work will be involved. Tools will be provided including hazel hoes, Pulaskis, rock tools, etc. We will also provide safety equipment and detailed instruction in the safe use of these tools. Volunteers will enjoy camping and working at high elevation not far from the summit of Mount Mitchell.

Volunteers will meet at the work site at 9 am each day and we will wrap up around 3 pm.  Evenings are free to explore the Park and surrounding areas.

NOTE:  Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.


Host: NC High Peaks Trail Association and Mount Mitchell State Park,

Primary Host Contact:  Abbey Malk


Arrival: Sunday June 12, 2022 between 3 and 4 pm
Departure: Morning of Friday June 17, 2022

Meeting Site: Mount Mitchell State Park, 2388 NC 128, Burnsville, North Carolina 28714. Meet at the park office, which is the first building upon entering the park.  Someone from NC High Peaks will meet you there.


Area and Attractions: Mount Mitchell is the highest peak of the Black Mountains, a spur of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Black Mountains have twelve peaks over 6,000 feet. The park is surrounded on all sides by US Forest Service or private lands all of which are undeveloped and highly forested. Hiking trails go in many directions from the summit of Mount Mitchell. The Black Mountain Crest Trail, for example, is the highest trail East of the Mississippi and is over 11 miles long crossing over a number of 6,000 foot peaks. North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) runs through the park including the summit. The summit observation platform has spectacular 360-degree views. Mount Mitchell's only vehicle access is off the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is one of the highest sections of the Parkway with tremendous views at numerous overlooks. Trails from Mount Mitchell SP connect to the Parkway. The park is an island ecosystem; containing alpine species similar to those in northern New England and Canada. High temperatures in the summer are in the 60's and low 70's. 

Accommodations: Volunteers will tent camp at the Park's Campground. Each campsite contains a fire ring/grill, picnic tables, fireside seating and ample room to set up two individual tents. Flush toilets are located centrally between campsites (no showers). Mount Mitchell State Park will supply volunteers with firewood. Volunteers should bring their own tents, sleeping bags/pillows, sleeping pads, towels, and other personal camping gear. Volunteers will need to carry their personal gear and food/tools/cooking gear to the camping area.  Parking is provided and the tent sites are short distance away.

Meals:  Each volunteer is responsible for providing their own food for the duration of the volunteer work.  Potable water is available at the campground.  There are no grocery stores or other sources of food in the Park or the immediate surrounding area.  Black bears live in the park but we provide steel food lockers for campers!  DO NOT LEAVE ANY FOOD IN YOUR VEHICLE.

Further details will be provided shortly before the project begins.


Vaccination Guidance & Voluntary Disclosure: 

NC Parks Department requires all volunteers to be fully vaccinated.  That is you should have both shots of the Pfizer or Moderna or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine PLUS the booster.  More information can be found at COVID-19 vaccines   Find a location to receive the vaccine by visiting  You will need to provide proof of vaccination before beginning volunteer work.

Health Insurance Requirement: 

All volunteers must provide their own health insurance; in case of injury or illness while on this project.