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About Little Switzerland & Mitchell County

Mitchell County was formed in 1861 from parts of Burke County, Caldwell County, McDowell County, Watauga County and Yancey County. It was named in honor of Elisha Mitchell, professor of mathematics, chemistry, geology and mineralogy at the University of North Carolina from 1818 until his death in 1857.

Discover craft studios and galleries including the renowned Penland School of Crafts, visit the Museum of North Carolina Minerals, wind your way up the mountain to quaint Little Switzerland – a summer colony high in the Blue Ridge Mountains so named because of its sweeping panoramas of deep valleys and distant ranges resembling those of the foothills of the Swiss Alps.

Stories from Little Switzerland & Mitchell County

October 16, 2018
The Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding mountain communities in both Virginia and North Carolina have a long and storied history as an arts and culture destination. Traditional artisans practice their crafts to this day, while up and coming artists forge ahead in new techniques and cutting edge creativity.
September 15, 2017
BRPA’s Fall Meeting BRPA’s Fall Meeting was held in beautiful Little Switzerland, a sweet destination of shops and scenic beauty, located right…

Recommended Itineraries

Region: North Carolina
Duration:1 day
A one day trip through the Highlands District of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina reveals the shift from flat plateau to mountain ridges. A high degree of original Parkway design remains here and you will find mountain cabins in close proximity to magnificent country estates from the early twentieth century.
Region: North Carolina
Duration:1 day
A one-day trip through the Pisgah District is a long drive – perhaps best undertaken from the comfort of your car – but comes with unique rewards. There is a natural resource emphasis that features relic populations of plants, long vistas across rugged and remote areas, and a feel of…