Surrounded by national forest and mere minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Spruce Pine boasts deep roots in mountain culture and the arts. Its historic downtown offers quaint stores, restaurants and coffee shops along two Main Streets; an array of annual festivals and events celebrates the area’s heritage. The town’s multiple parks showcase everything from tennis courts to a public swimming pool to summer concert series and movies.
Located in Mitchell County an hour northeast of Asheville, Spruce Pine (pop. 2,100) is optimally positioned to take advantage of Western North Carolina’s natural outdoor beauty and adventure. Homes in Spruce Pine offer a range of styles at every price point, from rustic mountain cabins to rambling estates to new modern builds to expansive lots for creating your dream property.
Spuce Pine is a park lover’s paradise
Popular parks in Spruce Pine include Riverside Park, just across the North Toe River from downtown, Brad Ragan Park – offering tennis, basketball and volleyball courts – and Central Park, which hosts free summer movies and concerts, as well as holiday events.
Spruce Pine is home to hundreds of artists, and the area’s galleries reflect the extraordinary range of work they produce. The Toe River Arts gallery features year-round exhibitions as well as a gift shop where visitors can purchase local artists’ wares. The Toe River Studio Tour, a free, self-guided event happening every June and December, is one of the largest and longest-running studio tours in the country.
Blacksmith fests and crafting classes
An annual tradition in Spruce Pine is Fire on the Mountain, a popular celebration of the art of the blacksmith held in downtown Spruce Pine on the last Saturday in April. One of the largest blacksmith festivals on the East Coast, the free fest features blacksmith demonstrations, blacksmith vendor booths, youth and adult forge-off, kids’ activities, food and more.
Just 15 minutes from Spruce Pine is the Penland School of Craft, a world-renowned center for the teaching and practice of craft, with workshops in books, paper, clay, drawing, glass, metals, photography, printmaking and many others. The campus offers guided tours, and features a gallery, supply store and coffee shop. The gallery shows and sells work by artists associated with the school, stages exhibitions, and provides information about the history and activities of the school and the Penland community.
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