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Bakersville, N.C., Sprinkles Small-Town Charm Amid Expansive Mountain Beauty

Known as the “Gateway to the Roan,” Bakersville, N.C., serves up stunning Blue Ridge scenery wrapped in small-town charm. In the 1800s, its rich deposits of mica put Bakersville on the map; today, it’s a thriving art scene, outdoor adventure, and a relaxed lifestyle that draw people to the area.

Situated an hour northeast of Asheville, Bakersville (with a population of around 460) is the county seat of Mitchell County. Boone and Johnson City, Tenn., are also within an hour’s drive away. Properties in Bakersville offer something for everyone – whether you’re in the market for a compact cabin, a sprawling estate, or an expansive lot to create your own dream home.

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Bakersville: an art lovers’ haven

Art is at the heart of Bakersville, with many artists calling the mountain town home. There are several world-class galleries to visit, including the cooperative Mica gallery as well as In Tandem Gallery, featuring a wide selection of ceramics and jewelry. The famed Penland School of Crafts is only a short drive away. 

One of the best parts of living in Bakersville is its amazing proximity to the majestic Roan Mountain, a popular destination for its stunning 360-degree views and miles of exhilarating trails along the Appalachian Trail. Roan Mountain is famed for being home to the largest naturally growing gardens of Catawba rhododendrons in the world; it also boasts breathtaking spruce-fir forests and grassy balds. 

Other outdoor adventures in and around Bakersville include hiking trails off the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway; tubing and kayaking on the Toe River; and fishing (Bakersville is a Mountain Heritage Trout City).

Day trips from Bakersville

Quick visits to neighboring small towns offer the opportunity for eclectic exploration. Spruce Pine, Burnsville and Little Switzerland are all less than a half hour away. Take in the annual Fire on the Mountain, a popular celebration of the art of the blacksmith held in downtown Spruce Pine (11 miles away) on the last Saturday in April. Or visit the Emerald Village & Mining Museum in Little Switzerland (18 miles away) to learn about the local gem and mining history, do a little panning, and even take a Black Light Mine Tour to view an underground mine lit up with special ultraviolet lamps.

For more information about real estate in Bakersville, or anywhere in Asheville or Western N.C., contact us at, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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