: Asheville Regional
: Hwy 261
: Charleston SC
: Spruce Pine
: Beech Mountain
: Grassy Creek GC Spruce Pine
: Helens in Bakersville
Mitchell County is called 'The Gateway to Roan Mountain. Roan Mountain, at 6,285 feet, is one of the highest peaks in the Appalachian Mountain Range Over 600 acres of rhododendron thickets burst into full bloom in mid-to-late June of each year. The bloom is so profuse that the mountain sometimes appears as a pink or lavender hue viewed from Bakersville.
We are a small, mountainous, rural county, with breathtaking scenery, 32,000+ acres of National and State Forest lands, abundant wildlife, incredibly beautiful wildflowers, lush woodlands, and numerous rivers and streams.
One of the wonderful traditions of our county is the pride in fine artists and craftsmen, with a wonderful diversity of thier art! Many were drawn to this area by the famous Penland School of Crafts, and have settled here permanently, including woodworkers, glassblowers, potters, metalsmiths, weavers, basket makers, papermakers, painters, photograhers, and sculptors.
The surrounding mountains, forests, rivers, and waterfalls provide ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities and spectacular views. Skiing at Wolf Laurel or Beech Mountain, golfing at Grassy Creek and Mt. Mitchell Golf Courses, hiking the Appalachian Trail, biking and motorcycling on our fabulous mountain roads, horseback riding, canoeing tubing and fishing our pristine mountain rivers.Camping, and hunting contribute to a delightful selection of adventures and fun.
The friendly mountain town of Bakersville is host to a number of exciting events including the Rhododendron Festival and the Troutacular Trout Festival in June, the Storytelling Festival in July, the Creekwalk Arts Festival in September, the Toe River Arts Studio tours in June and December.