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Discover Mitchell County Through Our


Discover the charm and beauty of Mitchell County through its unique trails, each offering a distinctive way to explore the area's rich culture and stunning natural landscapes.

Quilt Trail

Embark on a journey through history and artistry with the Mitchell County Quilt Trail. This self-guided driving tour takes you across the county's scenic countryside, showcasing beautifully crafted quilt blocks displayed on barns, businesses, and homes. Each block tells a story, reflecting the region's heritage and the timeless craft of quilting. As you follow the trail, you'll not only enjoy the vibrant patterns and colors but also gain insight into the local traditions and the skilled artisans who keep this heritage alive.

Toe River Canoe Trail

The TRCT runs 37 miles down the N.Toe River from Riverside Park in Spruce Pine to Poplar. The trail travels through Class I, II, and III rapids, passing primarily through undeveloped forest and farmland. There are scenic views of mountains, rapids, and valleys. You can spot many different types of wildlife along the way like blue herons, ducks, harks, turtles, and so much more!  The trail offers river access points at regular intervals along the trail, usually at a bridge.

Image by Kelly Sikkema
Image by Kelly Sikkema

Trail of Lights 

A Mountain Christmas Trail of Lights is a festive holiday event that transforms the county into a winter wonderland. Winding through picturesque landscapes and charming small towns, the trail features dazzling light displays, decorated homes, and local landmarks adorned with twinkling lights. Families and visitors can enjoy the enchanting scenes, holiday music, and warm community spirit as they drive or walk through the illuminated paths. The event captures the magic of Christmas, bringing joy and wonder to all who experience it.

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