Visit the Emerald Village in Little Switzerland, NC

Little Switzerland, NC is a favorite summer destination nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It ranges from about 3,200 to 4,000 feet in elevation. Some of the best views can be seen at from Mount Mitchell, Table Rock, Grandfather Mountain and Turkey Cove. This popular tourist spot was named Little Switzerland because of its close resemblance to the Swiss Alps. It's located off the Blue Ridge Parkway, just an hour from Asheville. While staying at your Little Switzerland inn, be sure to visit the Emerald Village, one of the most stunning attractions this part of North Carolina has to offer.

Emerald Village
331 McKinney Mine Road
Little Switzerland, NC 28749
(828) 765-6463
www.emeraldvillage.com

At the Emerald Village, you'll find a bunch of gem mines and historical places located within the Blue Ridge Mountains. It features seven mines that used to operate many years ago. Part of the visit to this place is an underground tour that will take you around the Bon Ami Mine. During the tour, you'll learn and explore the history of the mine, and also have close encounters with historical mining equipment as well as the wondrous Bon Ami Waterfall.

Gemstone Mine

Another highlight of Little Switzerland, NC is The Gemstone Mine. This gives you the thrill of mining, making you feel like you're a miner yourself. You can choose from an assortment of gems available in this area and you get to keep them for yourself to make jewelry or simply as souvenirs. Meanwhile, you can also tour the Discovery Mill Building, where you'll get to learn more about the railroad models, antique tool collections and black light minerals.

Mine Tours

A similar treat is available at the Blue Ridge Gold Mine, where you can try your hand at gold panning. If gold isn't your thing and you'd rather hunt for emeralds, go for an incredible adventure at the Crabtree Emerald Mine. After that, go on to the Black Mine Tour and see how magically the entire mine is illumined with the use of special ultraviolet lamps.

There are also plenty of shopping opportunities in the area. The village is dotted with unique gift shops where you can buy different kinds of mining-related souvenirs. You can also enjoy the indoor and outdoor picnic pavilions where you can hang out with your family or friends. It's the perfect place to spend the day away from your Little Switzerland Bed and Breakfast.

Mount Mitchell State Park
2388 State Highway 128
Burnsville, NC 28714
(828) 675-4611

One lovely place to visit near Little Switzerland, NC is Mount Mitchell State Park. It's situated on the crest of the Black Mountains, towering at 6,684 feet. The panoramic views of the valleys and rolling ridges are outstanding. The park spreads across 1,946-acres, where plenty of outdoor activities await you. Engage in hiking, mountain climbing, birdwatching, wildlife viewing or whatever it is that your adventurous side is craving.