During a visit to Mt. Mitchell several years ago, I picked up a copy of A History of Mt. Mitchell and the Black Mountains at the state park's gift store. It sat on my bookshelf for years, squeezed between Tales of Edisto and Bushwackers, but I finally cracked it open last month. I'm sorry I waited so long to read it.
A History of Mt. Mitchell and the Black Mountains is a must for anyone interested in that particular range, or in North Carolina history. It's available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many gift shops along the Blue Ridge Parkway.