Things to do

Local Restaurants & Pubs

Garden Deli
Snap Dragon
Pig & Grits
Mountain Chef Bistro
Rescue Dog Cafe
Appalachian Java
Homeplace Brewing
Rad Dawgz Hotdog Joint & Taco-ria

Rafting & Tubing

Loafers Glory Rafting and Tubing offers trips on the Toe River and is located about 40 minutes away towards Spruce Pine.

There are also several outfitters in nearby Marshall that provide rafting on the French Broad River. Most offer half and full day trips including some suitable for younger children. Enjoy class 2-4 rapids depending on the section of the river and recent rainfall. Lots of fun!

Blue Heron Whitewater 
French Broad Rafting and Zip Lines
Nantahala Outdoor Center
USA Raft


Zip Lines

Navitat is an award winning zip line company located just over the mountain in the town of Barnardsville. They offer several zip line options in a beautiful mountain cove.

French Broad Rafting and Zip Lines  offers zip lining and is located in Marshall approx 55 minutes away.

Nature Tours

Snakeroot Ecotours offers custom tours of one of the wildest and most scenic corners of Western North Carolina. From wildflower hikes, hunting for rare orchids, bog walks or nighttime firefly outings, the folks at Snakeroot Ecotours would love to show you the often times hidden beauty of our area.


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Galleries, Crafts

Toe River Arts Council gallery in Burnsville
OOAK Gallery in Micaville
Mica – Fine Contemporary Craft in Bakersville
In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville

Penland School of Crafts

Gem Mining

The Gem Mountain gemstone mine is great fun for families and is located on the way to Spruce Pine. This is the only gem mining operation in the area that is actually located on an old mining operation and provides tours of their mines.