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Blue Ridge Parkway/Spruce Pine Guide

Attractions:

Biltmore Estate: 

We feel so strongly that everyone should see this magnificent piece of American History and Architecture that we pay $15 per adult ticket towards your tickets! This speaks for itself, if you have not seen it, you need to! It’s America’s Largest Home. Absolutely breathtaking. Just 40 minutes south on the Parkway from our cabin. We offer guests of our cabin only, discounted tickets! Just ask when making your reservation with us.

Spend an afternoon here or an entire day, taking tours, tasting wine or just taking in the views. It truly is an amazing place.

Catawba Falls:  One thing about Catawba Falls Old Fort NC hikers truly enjoy is their beautiful veil type falls. These Waterfalls in Western NC are not for the weak of heart as they are fairly difficult to get to. People have been hiking these North Carolina Mountain Waterfalls along the Catawba River since the 1870s. Even though this Catawba Waterfall has been “off limits” for many years, they are now on their way to becoming open to the public. There are many hikes and photographic locations along the falls. You have to take a moderate hike to get to the first set of falls, but you should use extreme caution when hiking to the upper Catawba Falls as they are fairly difficult to get to. Catawba Falls are in Old Fort North Carolina and are a short drive from historic Downtown Spruce Pine NC. On your NC Hiking adventure to Catawba Waterfalls, you will pass by some historic stone buildings and a dam that was used during the early 1900s as a source of power generation for the local community.

Crabtree Falls:  Not far from our cabin, we’ve hiked this many times and it is well worth the 1 mile hike in and it tops falls we’ve seen in Puerto Rican Rain Forests. Absolutely beautiful hike in and breathtaking falls without a flight. We have falls in the Pisgah National Forest that are more beautiful than falls all over the world!- FREE admission

Dellinger Grist Mill:  The Dellinger Grist Mill near Spruce Pine N C is one of the only small Grist Mills which has survived for over 100 years in Western North Carolina. The History of the Grist Mill posses statewide cultural significance and is one of the best attractions in Bakersville NC and Mitchell County NC. Dellinger’s Grist Mill became a part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. Dellinger Mill in Bakersville North Carolina is close to historic Downtown Spruce Pine. The existing buildings are many many years old and include the grist mill itself and an attached shed which contains all the original authentic equipment used to grind and mill the grits 100 years ago. Some of those original tools include the mill wheel, the pulleys, millstones, pulleys, & Grist Mill Gears.

Gem Mountain Gem Mine:  10 min from our cabin Another favorite mine of ours, we love this place! We have found ruby’s and emerald’s here on more than one occasion! Very close, just minutes from our cabin! Seen on the travel channel! Have your findings made into jewelry on site!

Grandfather Mountain: Anyone who visits Grandfather Mountain discovers a place that inspires awe through natural wonders. You’ll never experience the same mountain twice: today you might come face-to-face with an owl, another day you may see rare wildflowers in bloom. Just talk to one of our naturalists to understand more about these living treasures and learn where to find them. There’s nowhere else on Earth that you can enjoy such a variety of mountain life in one amazing place.

Historic Orchard at Altapass: The Historic Orchard at Altapass is a 102-year-old apple orchard turned Appalachian Cultural Center celebrating the people, music, art, and natural beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains in North Carolina. Built by the Clinchfield Railroad in 1908, the Orchard sits right on the Parkway providing some of the most amazing scenery on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Linville Caverns: Located at the southern gateway to western NC’s High Country region, Linville Caverns is an ideal destination for visitors of all ages. The beauty of our mountains is echoed within Humpback Mountain and visitors are invited to explore the splendor and wonders nature created “inside a mountain”.

Linville Falls: Linville Falls is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Trails lead to views of both the upper and lower falls. Forests offer virgin hemlock mixed with other familiar trees such as white pine, oaks, hickory, and birch. A colorful and varied display of wildflowers decorates the trails in the spring. Red and golden leaves in fall beautifully contrast with the soothing green of hemlocks.

Linville Falls Winery: Family owned and operated, Linville Falls Winery is the culmination of a life-long passion for wine by owner, Jack Wiseman. Wiseman has dreamed of growing grapes and opening a winery for more than 25 years, and now he and his family are pioneering a new High Country wine in Linville, North Carolina. Nestled in the lower end of Avery County near the Blue Ridge Parkway is a state of the art tasting room on a 40 acre farm with its staple grapes Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon, blueberries and raspberries. The winery is perfectly situated at 3200 feet with warm days, cool nights and minerally balanced soil. This magical combination of high elevation and microclimate terra produces a wine unique to the region with complex flavors creating award-winning wines.

Mount Mitchell State Park:

There are a few places in the world that still stand apart from the ordinary. Rising more than a mile high, surrounded by the gentle mist of low-hanging clouds, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places.

In the crest of the timeworn Black Mountains lies the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi. For those who ascend this mighty peak, what looms in the horizon is a feast for the eyes—breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling ridges and fertile valleys. Forested and forever misty, 1,946-acre Mount Mitchell State Park will provide you with some of the most tranquil moments you’ll ever experience.

Museum of North Carolina Minerals: Visitor Center featuring a unique sample of the more than 300 varieties of North Carolina rocks and minerals. Numerous gemstones, such as ruby, aquamarine, and emerald are shown in both rough and polished states. Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce Office. Open year round. Hours 9 am to 5 am (closed for lunch 12 -1:00 pm Dec thru May) Great place for kids, only takes maybe an hour to see it all. FREE admission!

NC Mineral Gem & Jewelry Festival: The NC Mineral, Gem and Jewelry Festival is directed by the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce and supported by nearly 100 community volunteers. The Festival is an indoor festival so weather is never a problem! Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Spruce Pine, NC, Festival goers not only enjoy shopping during the four day Festival, but they also enjoy all that there is to do in our beautiful area.

Roan Mountain State Park: Experience the beauty of Roan Mountain State Park, home to scenic overlooks, hiking trails, and vibrant displays of rhododendron blooms in the spring.

Tweetsie Railroad: Families love riding on the famous steam engine for a trip back in time complete with Cowboys, train robbers and marauding renegades. Stroll down the Western Main Street and visit the jail. Take aim at the Arcade and Shooting Gallery. Take a spin on the rides in the Country Fair and on Miner’s Mountain and check out deer Park, stretch your legs on the playground, get your face painted or try your had at gem mining or panning for gold.

Activities:

Appalachian Ski Mountain:  Appalachian Ski Mountain, beautiful ride up The Blue Ridge Parkway! Approximately 30 miles!

940 Ski Mountain Rd,
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Dutch Creek Trails, Horseback Riding Adventures: 

Enjoy wooded trails, old farm fields, views of the valley surrounded by beautiful blue mountains, and southern hospitality. Whether you are an experienced cowboy or a little green, our skilled staff and gentle horses make for a pleasant visit. Come on over and we’ll have some fun.

www.dutchcreektrails.com

Sugar Mountain Skiing: Sugar Mountain Skiing (about 25 miles)

Gorgeous scenic ride on The Blue Ridge Parkway, the most beautiful 25 mile ride of your life!)

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