Mount Mitchell State Park Cattail Peak & Balsam Cone Peak Overlook Poster
While the Black Mountain Range of North Carolina contains the tallest peak in the Eastern United States, visitors would be surprised to know that it also contains 6 out of the 10 tallest peaks of the Appalachian Mountains. As part of the larger Black Mountain Crest Trail, the 3.6 mile Deep Gap Trail traverses all six of them in one of the most scenic and strenuous trails in the region. Beginning just below the summit of Mount Mitchell, this trail travels through alpine spruce-fir forests and craggy mountain tops to the summit of Mount Craig, Big Tom, Balsam Cone, Cattail Peak, and Potato Hill, before ending in the valley of Deep Gap. As one of the most iconic trails in Mount Mitchell State Park, serious hikers would be remise to skip out on the expansive mountain vistas afforded along this adventurous day hike.
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