Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls is located in the Crabtree Meadows Recreation Area at Milepost 339.5 of the Blue Ridge Parkway (about 3 miles south of Little Switzerland) and is accessed by a 2.5 mile moderate loop hiking trail. The wooded hike is a beautiful walk. The 70-foot waterfall is definitely worth it!

To access the hiking trail, watch for signs for the Crabtree Meadows Camping area. Near the entrance is a gift shop, along with helpful workers if you have questions. Follow the road into the campground about 1/4 mile. Just past a small info booth, you will see a parking lot on the right with a sign for the Crabtree Falls Trailhead. The camping area is closed in the off season (November through mid April), so you may have to park outside the gate and walk in an extra 1/4 mile. Take the trail from the parking area to a 'T' intersection. The trail to the...

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Emerald Village


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 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!

The Blue Ridge Parkway Association sends a newsletter out twice a year to thousands of AAA offices throughout the USA and Canada. Travel counselors in those offices use this information to guide their customers to exciting destinations. We ’re proud to be featured on the first page of the Spring/Summer issue, ahead of Chimney Rock and Grandfather Mountain.
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Grassy Creek Waterfall Trail

Near the center of town, and just off Chesnut Grove Church Road,  is the short hiking trail to the Grassy Creek Falls.  This 30 foot waterfall is located on private property.  The property owners have graciously agreed to allow visitors to hike the trail and enjoy the falls. 

     The waterfall is located adjacent to a quarry site once used to mine rock to build the Little Switzerland Tunnel by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930's.  The trail is an old narrow road bed that once served as the main road from Little Switzerland to Spruce Pine.  Now abandoned, this road serves as an easy 1/2 mile hike running slightly downhill, and is clearly marked.  There is one place where hikers must cross a very small creek, so sensible shoes are recommended. 

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The DiamondBack

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 in the heart of Little Switzerland, 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. 

This heavily wooded trek, from Marion in McDowell County to Switzerland Inn, on the edge of Mitchell County, NC is an exciting and challenging drive. Two-lanes of smooth, well-marked pavement are flanked by rocky outcroppings, shear drop-offs and quick, tight hairpin curves.

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Thrifty Adventures Guide Company


TA is a Guide Company providing experiences in rock/ice climbing, rappelling, waterfall rappelling, yoga hikes, whitewater kayaking, and river tubing. This makes for a real deal "Blue Ridge Adventure" for visiting families and family reunions as well as corporate team building events! Check us out on facebook, trip advisor and google plus! Daily trips run from the end of May through Fall. To book visit our store front at the Skyline Village Inn, online at or feel free to call or email! Our company also provides youth programming for the Girls and Boys Scouts


Boulder Garden Whitewater Trip Spruce Pine NC Daily schedule starting 4-1-2016. $68. Trips dependent on water levels. If water level on the Toe River are to low we do hav...

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Mile marker 334, Blue Ridge Parkway

Visit the Jewel of the
Blue Ridge Parkway!

McDowell & Mitchell Counties, North Carolina

Close to Asheville, closer to Mother Nature.