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Mitchell County

Mitchell County is a rural county located in the western part of North Carolina. It is part of the Appalachian Mountains region and lies along the eastern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the western edge of the Brushy Mountains. This picturesque mountain setting is home to many of the counties outdoor attractions, including crystal clear creeks, dense forest, and the scenic Roan Mountain. The county seat of Mitchell County is Bakersville and other populated communities in the county include Little Switzerland, Plumtree, and Red Hill. The total population of Mitchell County is approximately 15,000 people. Mitchell County is proudly known for its cattle, Christmas tree, and apple farming. The county’s beauty, culture, and laid-back lifestyle make it a great place to live and visit.


Community Highlights


Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bakersville, North Carolina, offers a captivating escape from the ordinary. This little town of around 450 residents boasts a rich history dating back to the 1800s, evident in its charming, historic courthouse and surrounding streets.

Nature enthusiasts rejoice! Bakersville sits near Roan Mountain, accessible by the scenic Highway 261, offering breathtaking views and outdoor adventures. Art lovers, too, will find their haven here, with the renowned Penland School of Craft nearby and the Mica Gallery showcasing local masterpieces.

Experience small-town living at its finest. Walk the friendly streets, discover hidden gems, and soak in the peaceful mountain atmosphere. Bakersville is a slice of paradise for those seeking a slower pace, stunning scenery, and a dose of artistic spirit.

Spruce Pine

Spruce Pine is centrally located between the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, and Roan Mountain.  Our downtown vibrates with energy as a center of traditional and contemporary crafts and offers authentically local experiences from social and shopping, to dining and entertainment. We’re the launching point for outdoor recreation unique to our mountains and river. 

We’re surrounded by national forests and are just five minutes from the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Our historic downtown fronts the North Toe River and boasts two main streets, Oak Avenue and Locust Street (also known as Upper and Lower Streets), with a visitor center, shops, restaurants, and coffeehouses. Accommodations, ATM, and an Ingles supermarket are within easy walking distance.

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