LITTLE SWITZERLAND TUNNEL ON THE BRP OF NC
Our first tunnel on this post is the Little Switzerland tunnel. This particular one is 630 feet long, and located near Milepost 333.1. The height varies from 13’7″ to 19’1″
Location is near Spruce Pine in Mitchell County.
Did you know the Parkway almost didn’t come to Little Switzerland at all? You can learn more about it here:
In this area, you will find the following:
331: NC 226 Crossover. 6 mi. north to Spruce Pine, 14 mi. south to Marion.
331: Museum of North Carolina Minerals, which is home to over 300 different gems and minerals. Junction of Parkway & NC 226. County Chamber of Commerce Office. Restrooms. Open daily year around.
331: Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail “Stretching 330 miles through four states (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina) the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail traces the route used by patriot militia during the pivotal Kings Mountain campaign of 1780. Follow the campaign by utilizing a Commemorative Motor Route which uses existing state highways marked with the distinctive trail logo, or 87 miles of walkable pathways.” Route crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway at Gillespie Gap, near the Mineral Museum. Administered by the National Park Service.
334: NC 226A Crossover to Little Switzerland
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WILDACRES TUNNEL ON THE BRP OF NC
Wildacres is 330′ long, and height ranges from 13’1″ to 19’10”
What will you find nearby?
At milepost 334, NC 226 A will access Little Switzerland
Milepost 339.5 offers not only Crabtree Falls, but also hiking, camping, and a picnic area on 250 acres.
Milepost 340.3 also will access both Crabtree Falls and the campground..
This link has a beautiful photo of the tunnel on it