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Little Switzerland NC

Little Switzerland NC “Hand Made Hospitality”


Town of Little Switzerland NC

Known as a summer colony, Little Switzerland is nestled high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Little Switzerland gained its name because of the beautiful panoramic views of deep valleys and distant ranges that resemble those found in the foothills of the Swiss Alps. With elevations reaching as high as 4000 feet, Little Switzerland has incredible views of multiple well-known mountains such as Mt. Mitchell, Table Rock, Hawksbill and Grandfather Mountain. The town has a lot to offer-there are quaint lodges and unique shops. You can also find many mountain bike trails, hiking trails, and other outdoor activities. Here you can try your hand at gem mining or take a country western dance lesson! In the winter months skiing and other snowy sports are popular here because of its close location to many ski resorts! After a long day of exciting adventures one is sure to work up an appetite! Little Switzerland is also home to an array of local eateries ranging in taste and style. Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 334, Little Switzerland is a great stop on your mountain excursions! 



History of Little Switzerland North Carolina
Little Switzerland’s beginnings are as simple and sweet as the town itself. In 1909 a  Charlotte Attorney, Herriot Clarkson, was riding his mule to the top of Grassy Mountain which lies above Little Switzerland. Noticing the beautiful panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clarkson stopped his trek and stated “This is it.”  Upon returning to Charlotte, Clarkson invited a group of business associates to join him in creating what is now known today as Little Switzerland. The town was formally organized in 1910 and Reid Queen later built the Little Switzerland General Store and post office in 1927, further establishing the mountain town. 



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