The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Spruce Pine

(Including nearby Grassy Creek)

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CSX Railroad in Spruce Pine NC, photography by Andrew Blaszczyk

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Spruce Pine, North Carolina

Located in Mitchell County on the banks of the Toe River and just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 331, Spruce Pine NC is a vibrant mountain town with a past rich in gem mining history and lore.  In the early 1900s, Spruce Pine was a booming mining town and the Clinchfield Railroad operated to bring materials and supplies to and from the growing community. Chartered in 1913, Spruce Pine was built around the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railroad Depot. The railroad is still going strong, and train enthusiasts continue today to come from far and wide to Spruce Pine to enjoy watching the frequent passage of CSX trains through the downtown area. Over 30 trains a day pass by, often blowing their horns in greeting.
    Historically, the White House Christmas tree has come from the Spruce Pine region and with so many Christmas tree farms in the area, the town has appropriately become known as the Christmas Tree Capital of the World, a title it shares along with "The Mineral City". Located in a region of the mountains that is known for gem mines, Spruce Pine is famous for the world-class rubies and emeralds that have been found in local mines. The surrounding mountains have a more concentrated wealth of feldspar than any other area on earth, supplying 60% of the United States production of the mineral. Additionally, almost 100% of the United States and the world supply of ultra-pure quartz, which is used in the production of semi-conductors, comes from the Spruce Pine region.
 

   Spruce Pine has the distinction of having two Main Streets, Upper Street (Oak Avenue) and Lower Street (Locust Street), with nicknames given because of respective altitudes.  Spruce Pine’s also has two municipal parks -Riverside Park on Tappan Street with a wonderful walking path and access to the Toe River, and Brad Ragan Park on Laurel Creek Court.

 

Resources
City Website: 
Spruce Pine: Town Hall, 138 Highland Avenue, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-765-3000
Facebook: High Country
Location:
Northern Mountains, 2 hours northeast of Asheville
County:
Mitchell County: County Administration Building, 26 Crimson Laurel Circle, Bakersville NC 28705; 828-688-2139

Elevation & Population:
2,517 feet, 2,000+
City Economic Development Website: Spruce Pine Main Street
County Visitor Center: Located in the Museum of NC Minerals, Milepost 331, Blue Ridge Parkway; Spruce Pine NC 28777; 800-227-3912
County Chamber of Commerce: Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce: 11 Crystal Street, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-765-9033
Newspaper: Mitchell News-Journal 291 Locust Avenue, Spruce Pine 28777; 828-765-2071
Movie Theatres:
(Nearest) Regal Boone Cinema 7 210 New Market Street Centre, Boone NC 28607;
828-262-3330
High School: Mitchell High School, 416 Ledger School Road, Bakersville NC 28705; 828-688-2101

Colleges and Universities:
Mayland Community College, 200 Mayland Drive, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-765-7351
Hospitals:
Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, 125 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 877-777-8230
Area Major Festivals: Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival (April), Toe River Storytelling Festival (July), Grassy Creek Gem Show (August) Mineral City Heritage Festival (October),
Area Natural Attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain State Park, Pisgah National Forest
Area Cultural Attractions:
Emerald Village, Museum of North Carolina Minerals, North Carolina Mining Museum, Orchard at Altapass


Real Estate

Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Fine Dining
Grassy Creek Golf and Country Club Restaurant: (American) 2360 Swiss Pine Lake Drive, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-765-6589
Knife and Fork Restaurant: (American) 61 Locust Street, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-765-1511

Casual & Family Dining
Skyline Village Inn & Cavern Tavern: (American) Skyline Village Inn, 12255 Highway 226A,  (Milepost 334 Blue Ridge Parkway), Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-994-0027

Overseas & Exotic
China Wok: (Chinese)   12105 Highway 226 South, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-766-8811
KB's BBQ & Grill: (BBQ) 143 Old Marion Way, Spruce Pine, NC 28777; 828-765-2106
Tokyo Asian Grill: (Asian)  Upper Street, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-765-5514


Pizza
Papa's Pizza To Go: (Pizza, Italian) 631 Pond Road, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-898-3313

Coffeehouses
DT's Blue Ridge Java: Coffee Shop & Cafe: (Coffeehouse) 169 Locust Street, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-766-8008

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
Hotels, Inns & Lodges
River House Country Inn & Restaurant: (Country Inn) 1896 Old Field Creek Road, Grassy Creek NC 28631; 336-982-2106
Skyline Village Inn: (County Inn) 12255 Highway 226A, (Milepost 334 Blue Ridge Parkway) Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-994-0027

Bed & Breakfasts
Richmond Inn: (B&B) 51 Pine Street, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 877-765-6993

Motels
Lemon Tree Inn: (Motel) 872 Greenwood Road, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-765-6161
Pine Valley Motel: (Motel) 11827 Highway 226 South, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-765-6276

Cabins, Cottages & Chalets
Bear Den Campground: (Cabins) 600 Bear Den Mountain Road, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-765-2888

Campgrounds
Bear Den Campground: (Campground) 600 Bear Den Mountain Road, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-765-2888
Springmaid Mountain Campground: (Campground) 2171 Henredon Road, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 888-297-0752
Spruce Pine Campground: (Campground) 260 Spruce Pine Campground Road, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-765-7007

Rental Agencies
Realty One Service: (Rentals) 13922 Highway 226 South, Spruce Pine NC 28777; 828-765-4275

 

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