Birding Mount Mitchell

Mt. Mitchell view with Goatsbeard by Simon Thompson

Yancey County, NC

June 4, 2021

Hermit Thrush by Doug Johnston

Register by clicking the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order. This Venture is limited to 10 participants

Departure: We will carpool from the Folk Art Center Parking Lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Drivers will be given directions. Time: 7:30 AM Price: $55 Unfortunately, our picnic lunches are not currently included in our day trips (until further notice)


Mt. Mitchell rises from the Blue Ridge Parkway to an altitude of 6,684 feet -- the tallest peak in the eastern United States. Its vegetation is divided into hardwood forest, which covers the mountain below 4,500 feet, and coniferous spruce-fir forest which blankets the remaining higher elevations. Mt. Mitchell State Park encompasses 1,469 acres of predominantly Red Spruce and Fraser Fir woodland, and the life associated with this vegetation is northern in its character. We will study the natural history of the area at different elevations from the foothills to the top of Mt. Mitchell.

Typical breeding birds of the higher elevations include Common Raven, Brown Creeper, Dark-eyed Junco, Winter Wren, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Northern Saw-whet Owl. Hermit Thrush and Red Crossbill can be found as well. The Appalachian race of the hardy Northern Flying Squirrel, closely related to the more familiar Southern Flying Squirrel of lower elevation broad-leaved woodlands, also occurs at this elevation.