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Little-Switzerland got its name from early residents who thought the scenery resembled the Swiss Jura Mountains. It is located in the western mountains of North Carolina within the Pisgah National Forest along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Little Switzerland is known for its breathtaking views, waterfalls, pristine rivers, streams and wildflowers. It is an easy drive from Asheville and begins at the Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 331. An abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities await visitors in Little Switzerland, including hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, camping, horseback riding, gemstone mining (a rockhound's paradise!) and golf. It's a winter sports enthusiast's dream with several ski resorts within an easy driving distance. Enjoy Alpine skiing, snowboarding, sledding and snowshoeing. Little Switzerland's Mt. Mitchell is 6,684 feet and offers spectacular views, hiking trails, a concession stand and restaurant. Other attractions in the Little Switzerland area include Grandfather Mountain, Linville Falls and Linville Gorge, Blowing Rock, the Tweetsie Railroad, Crabtree Meadows and Falls and the Mountain Gateway Museum.

Surrounding areas: Spruce Pine, North Carolina (4.8 mi), Celo, North Carolina (6.2 mi), Linville, North Carolina (11.8 mi), Bakersville, North Carolina (12.1 mi), Plumtree, North Carolina (13.1 mi), Green Mountain, North Carolina (13.5 mi), Old Fort, North Carolina (16.0 mi)

Little Switzerland Vacation Rentals

Little Switzerland Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Big Lynn LodgeLittle Switzrlnd, NC (704) 765-4257
Comfort Inn178 Hwy 70 WMarion, NC12.3 mi.(828) 652-4888
Days Inn4248 Hwy 221 SMarion, NC12.3 mi.(828) 659-2567
Econo LodgeRt 1 Box 68aMarion, NC12.3 mi.(828) 659-7940
Assembly InnMontreat, NC18.5 mi.(828) 669-2911
Eseeola Lodge175 Linville AveLinville, NC19.4 mi.(828) 733-4311
Pixie InnUS 221Linville, NC19.4 mi.(704) 733-2597
Pixie InnLinville, NC19.4 mi.(704) 733-2597
Comfort Inn585 Hwy 9 I-40 Exit 64Black Mountain, NC20.6 mi.(828) 669-9950
Sleep Inn Morganton2400a S Sterling StMorganton, NC23.8 mi.(828) 433-9000
Comfort Inn & Suites1273 Burkemont AveMorganton, NC23.9 mi.(828) 669-2922
Sugar Mountain Ski And Country ClubBanner Elk, NC24.9 mi.(828) 898-9784
Comfort Inn167 J F Robinson LnMars Hill, NC25.8 mi.(828) 689-9000
Days Inn Morganton2402 S Sterling StMorganton, NC25.8 mi.(828) 433-0011
Hampton Inn Morganton115 Bush DrMorganton, NC25.8 mi.(828) 432-2000
Holiday Inn Morganton2400 S Sterling StMorganton, NC25.8 mi.(828) 437-0171
Holiday Inn Express2002 Temple HL RdErwin, TN27.4 mi.(423) 743-4100
Lake Lure Golf & Beach Resort112 MTNS BlvdLake Lure, NC29.8 mi.(800) 260-1040
Lake Lure InnHwy 64/74Lake Lure, NC29.8 mi.(828) 625-2525
Bed & Breakfast
Baird House LTD Bed And Breakfast Inn41 S Main StMars Hill, NC25.7 mi.(828) 689-5722

Little Switzerland Weather & Climate

North Carolina has the greatest range of altitude of any state east of the Mississippi River, ranging from sea level along the Atlantic coast to 6,684 feet at the summit of Mt. Mitchell in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Latitude accounts for climatic variations, as does soils, plant cover and inland bodies of water. There is no distinct wet or dry season in North Carolina. Average snowfall in the southern mountains is around 16 inches, with some of the higher mountain peaks and upper slopes receiving as much as 50 inches per year. July is usually the wettest month. Summer rainfall is the most variable; daily showers are not uncommon, but periods of one to two weeks without rain are also normal. Autumn is the driest season, and also sees the greatest drop-off of temperature in the month of October.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 46°F 21°F 5.58 in. -
February 49°F 23°F 5.07 in. -
March 57°F 30°F 6.30 in. -
April 65°F 37°F 4.60 in. -
May 72°F 45°F 5.32 in. -
June 78°F 53°F 4.54 in. -
July 82°F 57°F 4.43 in. -
August 81°F 56°F 5.02 in. -
September 76°F 50°F 4.55 in. -
October 68°F 37°F 4.18 in. -
November 59°F 30°F 5.05 in. -
December 50°F 24°F 4.19 in. -

Little Switzerland Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 38 miles southwest of Little Switzerland in Asheville, North Carolina, the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located approximately 46 miles northwest of Little Switzerland in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee, the Shelby Municipal airport (EHO) located roughly 49 miles southeast of Little Switzerland in Shelby, North Carolina, and finally the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located around 66 miles south of Little Switzerland in Greer, South Carolina.

Little Switzerland Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC61.0 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC73.5 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC73.5 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN82.1 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN82.1 mi.
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC82.3 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN82.4 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC85.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Grassy Creek Golf & Country ClubSpruce PineNC4.5 mi.
Mount Mitchell Golf ClubBurnsvilleNC12.5 mi.
Green Oaks Golf ClubConcordNC12.9 mi.
Rocky River Golf Club at ConcordConcordNC12.9 mi.
Old Fort Golf CourseOld FortNC16.6 mi.
Mountain Glen Golf CourseNewlandNC18.8 mi.
Black Mountain Golf CourseBlack MountainNC20.9 mi.
Quaker Meadows Golf ClubMorgantonNC22.2 mi.
Magnolia Golf ClubMagnoliaNC24.2 mi.
Silver Creek PlantationMorgantonNC24.2 mi.
Village of Sugar Mountain Golf CourseBanner ElkNC24.7 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC25.4 mi.
Willow Springs Country ClubWilsonNC25.7 mi.
Buffalo Valley Golf CourseUnicoiTN27.4 mi.
Lake Lure Golf & Beach ResortLake LureNC28.5 mi.
Reems Creek Golf CourseWeavervilleNC28.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC24.9 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC24.9 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC25.7 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC25.8 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC61.0 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC90.1 mi.
State Parks
Mount Mitchell State ParkNC11.0 mi. 
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN35.3 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN35.3 mi.(Children's)
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC42.8 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC31.2 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC71.0 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN102.7 mi.

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