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In 1910, Judge Heriot Clarkson established a summer escape in the Blue Ridge Mountains, naming it “Little Switzerland” because of the surrounding slopes’ resemblance to the Swiss Alps. The community that grew up around Clarkson’s resort took the name to heart — many of the buildings have incorporated Old World-style Swiss chalet architecture. More than 100 years later, Little Switzerland is an iconic stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway (at Milepost 334), where you’ll find delicious food, eclectic shopping, warm Southern hospitality and sweeping, uninterrupted mountain views.

This community is open for visitors late April through October. At 3,400 feet in elevation, the miles of mountain views showcase Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the eastern United States, and the Black Mountains, part of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Wander among unique shops to find books, souvenirs and locally crafted art and decor. Stop for smoked trout, prime rib, barbecue (along the NC BBQ Trail!), or order a cocktail and raise a glass to the sun setting over the mountains.


Outdoor Adventures Near Little Switzerland

There are terrific opportunities for exhilarating hikes (and photos)! Crabtree Falls, Grassy Creek Falls and Linville Falls are some of the prettiest multi-cascade waterfalls on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and all close to Little Switzerland.

Fro driving enthusiasts, there's more to explore than just the Blue Ridge Parkway. Another highlight of this area, especially if you’re a biker, is the Diamondback Motorcycle and Sportscar Route running through the dense Pisgah National Forest, opening up into Little Switzerland, which will be quite a nice break from the 12 miles of switchbacks and over 190 curves!

Hikers going to Crabtree Falls

Get A Room With A View!

At the end of the day, unwind in a room with a view at one of three historic, family-run inns. The Big Lynn Lodge (named after the Big Linden Tree, not someone named Lynn) can house your entire gang with its 42 rooms. For the true Swiss Chalet aesthetic, The Switzerland Inn delivers. Choose from casual quarters in the Main Lodge to mountain view suites or rustic cottages and enjoy the recently added on-site shopping and spa services, in addition to the outdoor pool and hot tub, grills and bar. Pet-friendly and motorcycle friendly accommodations can also be found here.

Download our Little Switzerland Guide to use while exploring this beautiful Blue Ridge Community!

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