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Little Switzerland is a summer colony high in the North Carolina Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Their town sign says "Population 46." Many buildings incorporate iconic Swiss architectural styles. Located about an hour north of Asheville, it offers a rare stop right along the Parkway for food at the Switzerland Cafe and a little shopping at the General Store (Milepost 334) or the Minerals Museum of NC (Milepost 331). (Banner Image: Blue Ridge Traveler)

Little Switzerland Books

Book lovers could spend hours roaming Little Switzerland Books & Beans, with multiple rooms stuffed with books. An art gallery featuring local artists is upstairs. 

Little Switzerland Inn

The summer resort that started in 1910 was named because of its sweeping panoramas of deep valleys and distant ranges resembling those of the foothills of the Swiss Alps. Ride along Highway 226A along the 3,500-ft. ridge to see some of these vistas. Find several longtime favorite places to stay, including the Switzerland Inn. It's is the biggest and oldest hotel here, dating back to 1910, with a variety of lodging options, from rustic cottages to mountain view suites. They also have a restaurant, spa, pool and plenty of spots to enjoy the views. 

Little Switzerland, NC

Find more shops to browse adjacent to the Switzerland Inn.

Little Switzerland NC Big Lynn Motorcycle

The 42-room Big Lynn Lodge was started 70 years ago and retains much of its original charm with lots of porches to enjoy the views. Room rates ($105-$160) include both breakfast and dinner. Motorcyclists and sports car owners come here to drive the Diamondback, which is the winding NC Highway 226A. Find more than 190 steep, climbing curves in just 12 miles. Switchbacks loop almost 360-degrees, snaking through lush green Pisgah National Forest. 

Things to Do

Crabtree Falls

(3 miles round-trip, moderate) This gorgeous 70-ft. waterfall along the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 339), near Linville Falls, is accessed by a very scenic, loop woodland hiking trail.

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Explore McDowell County east of Asheville, with the small towns of Marion, Little Switzerland, Old Fort and Linville Falls. Includes Pisgah Forest, with hiking, waterfalls, fishing, Lake James and… read more

Tom's Creek Falls

This 80-ft., two-tier waterfall is accessed via an easy hike in Pisgah National Forest (near US Highway 221) north of Marion. It's a great hike for families. One of the few waterfalls with an… read more

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Emerald Village & Mining Museum

A fascinating collection of gem, mining and historical exhibits, including an underground mine tour. Pan for gold and minerals. Located near Little Switzerland, a few miles from the Blue Ridge… read more

Museum of North Carolina Minerals

Located at Milepost 331 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland, this free museum features treasures found around the state and the local Spruce Pine Mining District through interactive… read more

Orchard at Altapass

This 101-year old apple orchard turned Appalachian Cultural Center celebrates the people, music, art and natural beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. Shop for local mountain art, jams, jellies,… read more


Located at the base of Roan Mountain and the mile-high scenic drive, this town has several galleries and studios. Home to the Rhododendron Festival. Penland School of Crafts is nearby.

Penland School of Craft

Take a tour or sign up for a class at this internationally-known school for art and craft, tucked away in the mountains near Spruce Pine. Their multiple galleries are free to visit with amazing… read more

Blue Ridge Parkway Top 50

Drive the Parkway north or south from Asheville and quickly climb the Blue Ridge Mountain ridge to see breathtaking vistas. You can reach elevations of 5,000+ ft. Our mile-by-mile guide of the… read more

Spruce Pine

This small town offers not one but two main streets, Upper Street (Oak Avenue) and Lower Street (Locust Avenue). A must-stop is the Toe River Arts Council Gallery. Visit for many festivals and gem… read more


Stroll down Marion's Main Street lined with historic buildings, churches and the courthouse. It sits at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains near popular attractions like Mt. Mitchell and Linville… read more


Held at Emerald Village near Little Switzerland, enjoy many free events, including guided hikes, music, exhibits, talks and more. Also, pay for gem-mining, pan for gold and take a black light mine… read more

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