Mitchell County, the County was formed at the start of the Civil War, and until 1911 encompassed most of present-day Avery County, North Carolina. County government is of the county manager/county commission type, with 5 sitting Board members. There are two incorporated towns in Mitchell County. The county seat is Bakersville, in the northern section, with a population of about 500. The County's largest town is Spruce Pine, located in the southern section, which has a population of about 2,500. Both towns feature the mayor/town council form of government.
The county is well-known for its scenery. It is home to Roan Mountain, which has the largest naturally-occurring rhododendron gardens in the world. Bakersville pays homage to the blooming of those gardens each June during the North Carolina Rhododendron Festival, which is held at Bowman Middle School. The Blue Ridge Parkway skirts the southern sections of the county, with many places to stop off and admire the beautiful scenery of the area. Mitchell County is bounded by the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, Mount Mitchell, which is located in neighboring Yancey County and by one of the oldest mountains in the world, Grandfather Mountain, located in adjoining Avery County.
Mitchell County is also known for its rich trove of gems and minerals. The world-famous North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival, one of the oldest festivals of its kind, makes Spruce Pine and Mitchell County its home each August. Rock hounds from around the world descend on the region to explore the vast treasures stored underground.
Campgrounds and Cottages within 50 miles.
|Catawba Falls Campground Old Fort, 828-668-4831 WiFi available|
|Springmaid Mountain, Spruce Pine 828-297-0725|
|Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, Marion 828-652-7208|