Bucket List: Visit NC’s Famous Three Peaks From One Base Camp

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Cross off a bucket list item this summer, and visit all of North Carolina’s famous Three Peaks! Why choose one when you can experience them all?

Only two hours from Charlotte, Mitchell County sits right in the center of all three mountain peaks—making for a convenient base camp ready to host your new adventures.


Each peak offers a unique experience:

  • Treat your senses to the world’s largest rhododendron garden at Roan Mountain
  • Test your courage on the Mile-High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain
  • Look out from the highest peak east of the Mississippi at Mt. Mitchell


Sunset View Over Blue Ridge Mountains


Set up your vacation hub in one of the mountain towns of Spruce Pine, Bakersville, and Little Switzerland to experience all three peaks in one trip.

An outdoorsy person’s paradise, this area in Western North Carolina boasts hundreds of trails with hikes to breathtaking views, flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world, and many adventures to discover.

You can take a day exploring each Peak, then settle back in at your mountain lodge, inn, or B&B to enjoy a great meal, a fire pit conversation, live music, or a simple drink on the balcony overlooking the majestic Blue Ridge mountains.


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The adventures continue when you’re not conquering the Three Peaks, too!


11 Things to Do in the Three Peaks Area

Spruce Pine, Bakersville, and Little Switzerland all offer unique experiences for you to explore during your stay. Here are some ideas for the time in between your hikes.

1. Go gem mining



2. Enjoy local beer at craft breweries

Bierdock Front Bldg


3. Explore the world-renowned arts community via the Quilt Trails

Quilt Trails


4. Go horseback riding through mountain trails

Horse Back Riding


5. Stroll all three quaint downtowns and dine mountaintop

Chalet Restaurant

Little Switzerland


6. Pick your own apples at heritage orchards

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7. Peruse art galleries and pottery markets

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8. Shop antique stores

Bowdtich Antiques


9. Go kayaking or tubing on local rivers

Fun Splashing Canoe River


10. Drive the motorcycle/sports car route, the Diamondback

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11. Explore historic grist mills



Make this the year you check the Three Peaks off of your bucket list! Click here to plan a one-of-a-kind authentic mountain getaway with your family and friends.

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