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Emerald Village

Emerald Village is open annually between April 1st and October 31st, located near the village of Little Switzerland, NC at 331 McKinney Mine Road, Spruce Pine, NC  28777.  From the Blue Ridge Parkway, exit at Milepost 334/Little Switzerland and turn right onto McKinney Mine Road.  828-765-6463. 

FROM I-40 IN MARION  (about 40 minutes) – Take Exit 86 (NC 226) and go North about 12 miles, then turn left on NC 226. Go 1 mile and turn right on NC 226. Go 4 miles up the mountain, turn right under Parkway bridge and immediate right again to get on Blue Ridge Parkway. Go right (South) on Parkway 3 miles and take the Little Little Switzerland exit (milepost 334). Lloop back around underneath the Parkway on Chestnut Grove Road. Go one mile and turn left on McKinney Mine Road. Go 2 miles (passing imitation “mine” on left) to Emerald Village on the right at the big mines.

GPS coordinates are; latitude 35.846893 and longitude -82.126533.

Emerald Village