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Local Area Attractions

About two miles from the Dome Cabin and two miles from the Dome Community property is Mount Mitchell Golf Course.  It is nestled in a valley along South Toe River and in between the mountains and Hwy 80. The Course received a four and one half star rating in Golf Digest's "Places to Play."  North Carolina Magazine ranked Mount Mitchell in the top ten public courses in the state.  It features bent grass from tee to tee, is virtually flat, has a pristine river flowing through it and awesome views on every shot.  Mr. Buckingham also filmed the lovely trees along Highway 80 and a side view of the golf course.  To view this YouTube video, click on MT. Mitchell Golf Course.  Their web site is www.mountmitchellgolfresort.com.  The Golf Course phone number is 828-675-5454.   The Club House offers fine dining and relaxation in Hawtree's Pub.  Call 828-675-4911 for dining details. The Golf Course and Hawtree's Pub are open April through mid November.

YOUNG'S MOUNTAIN MUSIC

A must to experience the local flavor and enjoy the mountain music. Each Saturday night local talent and professionals get 30 minutes on stage and play a banjo, fiddle, guitar, piano, etc. Open 7pm-11pm, donations accepted. Save room for homemade pie. Sometimes in the summer, they have fish fries at dinner time. Open year round.

Take Hwy 80 north to Micaville, turn right onto 19E and go 3 1/2 - 4 miles. Just after the Mitchell County sign, look for their flashing sign on the left. The music hall is a 1/2 block north of the highway.

THE TOWN OF BURNSVILLE

A quaint small town with a square, antique shops, gift shops, old timey hardware stores, gourmet luncheon restaurant, movie theater, grocery store and more. Off Highway 19.

THE TOWN OF MARION

A small town with a Food Lion grocery store,Walmart Store (corner of Hwy 221 and 70E), ABC liquor store and more. Approx. 20 miles southeast of cabin. South on Hwy 80, turn left onto Hwy 70.

WILLIAM EFFLER'S GENERAL STORE

Located in the little town of Busick. This store has almost everything you may need and an abundance of charm. During most seasons the produce is irresistible.

LITTLE SIENNA RESTAURANT

Located at the East end of Hwy 80 where it joins Hwy 70. Delicious Italian Food. You may bring your own bottle of wine. Wine is not available through the restaurant. Open year round.

Little Switzerland Restaurant

Located on mile post 334 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Chalet Restaurant overlooking the scenic mountains of North Carolina serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Beer, wine, and mixed beverages are available.  Open end of April through first week in November?  1-828-765-2153  or visit www.switzerlandinn.com  

COACH HOUSE Seafood and Steak Restaurant

Go to the east end of Hwy 80, turn right onto Hwy 70W and proceed to the town of Black Mountain. The restaurant is on the main road at 508 W. State St. Black Mountain, NC.

Phone: 828-669-4223. Lunch Tues-Fri. Open Tues-Wed-Thurs 11am to 9pm, Fri 11am-9:30pm, Sat 3pm-9:30pm, Sun 11:30am-8pm, Closed Monday. Beer available. Excellent food at unheard of low prices. Open year round. (This area offers lots of restaurants and shops).

TROUT FARM

A trout farm is approx. 1/2 miles north of Effler's General Store and another is approx. 5 miles south on Hwy 80. They provide the poles and bait and anyone can catch your limit. Closed after October.

SWINGING BRIDGE

Going North on Hwy 80 just past the golf course, the first turn is to the left and the bridge is in the next right turn. Check out the variety of river rocks near this wood bridge, some glitter with mineral Mica. The river is named "South Toe".

HIKING TRAILS

Along the parkway and at many of the overlooks are hiking trails. The first overlook south of Hwy 80 exit, has an excellent trail. In route you will pass through the twin tunnels and get a look at the inside of the mountain.

ALBERTS' RESTAURANT (Gourmet Food)

Next to the Mount Mitchell golf course along Hwy 80 in Busick, NC. Great view of Mt. Mitchell while you enjoy excellent food. By reservation, call Albert or Sylvia Phone: 828-675-4691.

MOUNT MITCHELL GOLF CLUB and PRO SHOP

Open April thru November? 18 holes of golf including cart use: Mon-Thurs $40; Fri-Sat $49. 7590 Hwy 80 South. Phone: 828-675-5454.

MOUNT MITCHELL GOLF CLUB RESTAURANT

Open May thru October? Phone: 828-675-4911.

Hemlock Recreational Area

Camping, Hiking and Fishing.  Web site:  Hemlock

MOUNTAIN AIRE COUNTRY CLUB

Restaurant, golf course and airport for small planes. Phipps Creek Road, Burnsville.

Phone: 828-682-5600. Open April thru November?

BILTMORE ESTATE( Located in Asheville)

Features America's largest residence. Open year round except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Beautiful Christmas displays. Phone: 800-543-2961 admission about $35 each person.

THE BLOWING ROCK and CHIMNEY ROCK PARK

Two natural perches that provide striking views of the Southern Highlands. Admission: Blowing Rock: 828-298-7111; Chimney Rock: 800-277-9611.

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN

Located near the town of Linville, featuring hiking trails, picnic areas, natural museum, theater. Open year-round. Admission: 800-468-7325.

"HORN IN THE WEST"

An outdoor drama is staged in Boone each summer, portraying the struggle of rugged mountain settlers and their role in the American Revolution. Admission: 828-264-2120.

MAST GENERAL STORE

One of the best remaining examples of an old general store. Phone: 828-963-6511.

RAFTING

Is available for an exciting family experience on such area rivers as the French Broad, Nolichucky and Nantahala. A good selection of outfitters includes Carolina Wilderness. Phone: 800-872-7437.

SKIING

Is available in Boone, NC (Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain) and in Wolf Laurel, NC.

MILE MARKER ATTRACTIONS...along the Blue Ridge Parkway listed below:

  • 240 Doughton Park Restaurant-(Bringer Cabin Historic Site)
  • 293 Moses Cone Memorial Park-(Historic Site-Parkway Craft Center)
  • 297 Julian Price Memorial Park
  • 305 Line Cove Viaduct-Last link of Blue Ridge Pkwy-Visitor Center on south side
  • 318 Linville Falls Visitor Center-Waterfalls
  • 331 Museum of NC Minerals Visitor Center
  • 333 Little Switzerland-Across from the Post Office, downhill from the exit is a restaurant, used bookstore and more.
  • 342 Crabtree Meadows-Restaurant, Picnic Area and Coffee Shop
  • 344 Buck Creek Gap-(Hwy 80 intersection to Dome Cabin)-Hiking trail off the north side-FACT: The Eastern Continental Divide passes through here. A rain drop landing on one side will eventually flow into the Atlantic Ocean and the other side will flow into the Gulf.
  • 344.5 Twin Tunnels
  • 355 Mt. Mitchell State Park-Restaurant and Picnic Area-FACT: Mt. Mitchell is the highest elevation in eastern America, 6,684 ft.
  • 364 Craggy Gardens Visitor Center-Picnic Area and Waterfalls
  • 384 Folk Art Center-Craft center, for programs call (828) 298-0495.
  • 408 Mt. Pisgah-Beautiful hiking trails, Restaurant, Camp Store and Picnic Area
  • 469 Great Smokey Mountains National Park


 
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