Just off the most scenic part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and you have Spruce Pine.
“Everyone in America would live here if they could just figure out how.”
Imagine a place with some of the lowest taxes, lowest crime rates, and the lowest cost of living in the nation, nestled amid the peaks and valleys of some of the highest mountains in the east, just off the most scenic part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and you have Spruce Pine.
Considered part of the "greater Asheville area" and one of the top mountain escapes for cities like Charlotte, NC, and Charleston, SC, Spruce Pine is the largest small town and vibrant hub of activity between Asheville and Boone along NC's premiere scenic byway, US Highway. 19-E. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 331.
Spruce Pine has two “Main Streets”, Upper Street (Oak Avenue) and Lower Street (Locust Avenue), and it has been designated a Mountain Heritage Trout City and attracts fly fishermen from all over the United States. USA Today named Spruce Pine as one of the “Top 10 of Best Towns” along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The town sits in the center of the Three Peaks Region of Mt. Mitchell (elevation, 6,684 feet), Roan Mountain (elevation, 6,285 feet) and Grandfather Mountain (elevation, 5,946 feet).
Blue Ridge Hospital, located in Spruce Pine, serves as the region’s leading hospital with professionals from all over the U.S. working there because they chose to establish their lives in this beautiful region. Spruce Pine is also home to the ECU School of Dental Medicine, as well as one of the top 1 percent of Community Colleges in the U.S., Mayland Community College.
Also, the world famous Penland School of Crafts, an international center for craft education, is located in Spruce Pine. The school features programs in books and paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood. Penland School offers artists’ residences and community collaboration programs. Comprised of 400 acres and 51 buildings, where more than 1,200 students attend each year from around the world, the school is a significant draw to the area. Penland School has become a focal point for the lively community of craft artists found throughout the Spruce Pine, Bakersville, Burnsville, and Little Switzerland area. The students at Penland, as well as the artist's studios, share a mutual benefit.
Spruce Pine is one of the most important mining districts in the world, with the largest concentration of minerals and get stones of the planet. Indeed, companies like Sibelco North America Inc., K-T Feldspar Corporation, and Crystal corporation are making use of the pure grade spar, providing the source material not only for the lenses of the Hubble Telescope and the shilling or the International Space Station but also every computer chip on earth. Other industries in Spruce Pine include the making of Evinrude Boat Motors at Bombardier Recreational Products, and the manufacturing of the most famous Buck Stove, headquartered in Spruce Pine.
Surrounded by the most coveted second home locations in the mountains, Spruce Pine provides ample shopping, dining, and services for all those who establish their legacy here. Spruce Pine is filled with antique shops, boutiques, as well as events throughout the year such as the NC Mineral and Gem Festival, The Fire On The Mountain Blacksmith Festival, and the absolute best 4th of July Fireworks show in the United States.
Central to Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain, 7 Devils, and Wolf Laurel ski resorts, as well as Mt. Mitchell Golf Course, Grassy Creek Golf and Country Club, Reems Creek, and the Marion Lake Club for skiing and golfing enthusiasts.
Native Americans referred to this region as "The Unending Mountains" which we find to be a true statement both in views and in the chronology of time, with these peaks indeed being among the first at creation when God separated the dry land from the sea. Spruce Pine sits on the Eastern Continental Divide, where rivers either flow to the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico— they begin right here.
Surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest, the town affords worlds-away solitude coupled with close-to-all convenience. The weather is always mild, offering four distinct seasons, each ideal or reveling in the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge. Each season offers something for everyone to enjoy, Jeeping, hiking, canoeing/kayaking and rafting as well as sightseeing in the spring; an escape from the heart in the summer with boating on nearby Lake James; and bearing witness to an unsurpassed show of blazing mountain color in the fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway and every other mountain road in the area, followed by world-class skiing in the winter.
Spruce Pine and the surrounding villages of Little Switzerland, Burnsville and Bakersville are among some of the most premiere getaway locations of the Southeast, within one days' drive from 60% of the entire U.S. Population centers (largest cities). The area boasts some of the highest address east of the Rocky Mountains and west of the Pyrenees of Europe.
It is all about lifestyle. The Linville, North Toe, South Toe, Cane and Nolichucky Rivers are the region's waterways offering excellent fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and other water activities. Bikers and hikers will find hundreds of miles of excellent trails winding through the forests and alongside the rivers and streams. At around 2,600feet. Above sea level, Spruce Pine is an excellent place to buy a home and take of some atmospheric pressure.
Morrison Field is our local airport (7A8) and is located just 4 miles outside of Spruce Pine off US Hwy. 19-E. The paved runway is 3,001 feet long by 60 feet wide with a 120 foot overrun on the South end and 170 on the North end. The runway has a 3% slope on it which causes 35 to be desirable for landing and 17 for takeoff. The airport was founded by a group of local businessmen in the late 1950s. The runway was resurfaced in 2017 and weight has been upgraded to 18,000 pounds per single gear, along with a new fueling system featuring 100 octanes, low live aviation fuel, and Jet A. The fuel pumps are credit card equipped for self-service convenience. There are presently 27 privately owned hangers and space available for additional growth.
Spruce Pine is a place where the “Sunday Drive” still exists, and it is a place where families have been living for generations. Now is your opportunity to establish your legacy here for generations to come.