Geography & Climate

Mitchell County is situated between the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail in western North Carolina.  The county’s mountainous 222 square miles contain some well-known trails and views, but many hidden treasures.  Mitchell County is 55 miles northeast of Asheville, 49 miles southwest of Boone, and 38 miles south of Johnson City, TN.

With an average elevation of around 2,700 ft,

Mitchell County has 5 peaks above 6,000 ft, another 8 peaks above 5,000 ft, along with numerous others, all with astounding amounts of biodiversity and beauty.

Miles and miles of pristine streams and rivers

meander and tumble through the county, part of the French Broad River Basin. These streams and rivers support trout and small mouth bass, among various other kinds of fish and aquatic wildlife.

Mitchell County has some of the richest mineral deposits in the world,

with large amounts of mica, feldspar, quartz, and other minerals. Mitchell County is also home to the world’s largest natural rhododendron garden, situated on top of Roan Mountain.

Our Climate at a Glance

  • Average annual temperature:

    51.6o F

  • Average annual rainfall:

    56 inches

  • Annual snowfall average

    17 inches

Residents of Mitchell County experience four distinct seasons every year, with abundant wildflowers in the Spring, verdant green forests in the Summer, stunning color in the Fall, and great weather for sledding in the Winter.

Average Temperature (Highs & Lows)

Average Precipitation