Attractions around Little Switzerland
There is so much to do around the Alpine Inn. Whatever you wish to experience, you can be sure it is close at hand!
Located at mile post 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Crabtree Falls is a 70 ft. cascade on Big Crabtree Creek. The creek spreads over a rock face with many small ledges, giving it a delicate appearance, before trickling into a clear pool at the base. Though there are hardly any crabtrees here now, in the spring, an impressive array of wildflowers abound on the trail, including four species of trillium. By July, ferns fill the forest and soak in the spray of the falls, with rosebay rhododendron in bloom.
Emerald Village is a group of gem, mining, and historical attractions nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and within an hour's drive of Asheville, Boone, and Blowing Rock. Located in a spectacular mountain setting, Emerald Village is home to 7 real mines and has been featured on The Travel Channel. Come see why we say "Real Mines - Real Fun!" There's a lot to see and do! Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures to share back home. People come from all over the world to visit Emerald Village!
Where can you find more than 190 steep, climbing curves in just 12 miles? The Diamondback - North Carolina's last alternate route!
Sweeping curves, amazing scenery and cool mountain breezes make the Diamondback, NC 226A, one of WNC's last great mountain roadways.
The Diamondback, NC's 226A is loaded with switchbacks looping almost 360-degrees. Runs of S-curves climb and twist sharply as they snake through lush green forest in route to the Blue Ridge Parkway just above Spruce Pine, North Carolina.
Linville Falls is a spectacular three-tiered waterfall plunging into Linville Gorge, the “Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians.” The Falls Trail distance is 1.6 miles round trip and easy. The Gorge Trail distance is 1.4 miles round trip and strenuous. The Plunge Basin Trail is 1 mile round trip and moderate.
Complete your tour of Linville by travelling deep underground into the natural limestone caverns at Linville Caverns, where stalagmites and stalagtaites form from the natural stream still flowing, and still home to indigenous trout, and bats. It is an experience remembered for a long time!
Grandfather Mountain, near Linville, is a spectacular mountain natural park, home to the famous mile high swinging bridge, and Environmental Habitats for native wildlife, namely Black Bears, River Otters, Cougars, Deer and Bald Eagles amongst others.
Hiking and white water rafting, or learning about our natural surroundings, you will find it all at Grandfather Mountain.
Running for over 450 miles across 29 counties in Virginia and North Carolina. From your car or motorbike, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers specatular All-American views of so many sights, and brings memories to last a lifetime!
Little Switzerland is along the parkway, and an excellent base to discover the majesty of the mountains, while accessing some of the best attractions along the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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, at an elevation 6,684 feet it is 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.
Located in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club is a short drive from the Alpine Inn.
The golf course itself is a reflection of the mountains which surround it. Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club is a golf enthusiast’s haven, and a mountain lover’s dream. It challenges the low handicap golfer and is friendly to the higher. You will feel at home on the gently rolling terrain of the eighteen hole semi private course. Small, fast bentgrass greens are painstakingly maintained while the mountain scenery you came for looks on quietly.
located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, this treasure trove of a store is filled with pottery, jewelry, clothing, and other items - we have something for everybody!
Whether you are looking for mementos of your trip, or gifts to take home to loved ones, you are sure to find it at Hearthside's Simple Pleasures.
Don't forget to check out "These Blooming Dishes", our uniquely crafted hand-formed pottery using actual flowers local to the area, a treasure you will love to show off for a long time!
At the foot of the mountain spreads McDowell County, with a wide range of interesting historical buildings, attractions, shopping opportunities, and more! Follow the history of the train and the historic Davidson's Fort at the pioneer town of Old Fort, take to the water on the magnificent Lake James, or visit Marion (the administrative center of the county) to discover a wide range of local crafts for sale, and mountain music being made!