Points of Interest – Milepost 318 to 340
Chestoa View Trail & Overlook – Great view from Humpback Mountain. 30 minute loop, .63 miles, Easy.
The Orchard at Altapass – 1 hr to 3 hrs. – Milepost 328.3 at Orchard Road near Spruce Pine. Offering Orchard Storyrides on the haywagon, live “front porch” music and butterfly gardens. The Orchard Shop features homemade fudge, cider, apple butter, mountain honey, heritage apples, and locally made crafts, fine arts and Much, Much More! Short orders and sandwiches prepared for you at The Orchard daily. Great for families and groups. Packages available. Daily June-October. Mon-Sat 10-6 and Sun 12-6. Live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:00. 888-765-9531 (toll free) www.altapassorchard.com/
Emerald Village – 1.5 to 3 hrs. – 2.5 miles West of Milepost 331 just off Hwy. 226. Pan for gems, visit the North Carolina Mining Museum and see actual mines that once thrived. Located at the Big McKinney and Bon Ami Mines in Little Switzerland. 828-765-6463. www.mitchell-county.com
Museum of NC Minerals – 30 min. – At the junction of Milepost 331 and NC 226. Visitor Center exhibits featuring minerals found in NC. Restrooms. Open daily year around. 800-227-3912 or www.mitchell-county.com/
Overmountain Victory Trail – The entire trail follows the route of the Kings Mountain Campaign in which local farmers & citizens joined forces for this one battle–which was the turning point of the Revolutionary War. The trail is 220 miles long and part of that trail, including the spot at Gillespie Gap, where troops camped on September 29, 1780, is in Mitchell County. 800-227-3912 or www.mitchell-county.com/
Penland School of Crafts– Miss Lucy Morgan began Penland in 1923 with three looms and an abundance of determination. Her goals were to revive the craft of hand weaving and help provide a way for women in the area to make money. Soon after, Miss Lucy established Penland Weavers and soon other crafts including pottery, spinning, and other traditional arts were added. Today, Penland is still a recognized school that promotes the crafts of pottery, sculpture, drawing, glassblowing, metalwork, photography, printmaking, weaving and woodworking. From MP 331, take 226 to Hwy. 19E. Turn left onto 19E about 5 miles until you get to Penland Rd. Turn right and then right again (still Penland Rd) and the about 4 miles. Bear left and drive about .5 mile to the Penland Information Center. 800-227-3912 or www.mitchell-county.com
Roan Mountain – 1 hr to 3 hrs Located on the NC/Tennessee line, Roan Mountain hugs the town of Bakersville. Offering spectacular views, beautiful rhododendron gardens and great folklore, Roan Mountain is a definite must-see.
Crabtree Meadows – MP 339.5. 250 acre park featuring hiking trails, comfort station, picnic area. 40 minute hike to Crabtree Falls. 2 miles, strenuous.