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Mount Mitchell is the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi, standing at 6,684 feet of elevation. A short side-trip allows you to drive to the summit where you can enjoy spectacular views and recreational opportunities. Keep in mind that the weather at the top is much cooler and that snow can last late into the summer. The cooler temperature, more typical of a boreal forest, is home to rare and uncommon plant and animal species. The Natural History Museum located on the way to the Stone Observation Tower features dioramas and exhibits of the higher elevation plants and wildlife.
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