Seek: An Escape Find: An Oasis

You take a deep breath in and look around… Instead of seeing cars and traffic, you see beautiful trees, standing tall, pointing towards the sky. Instead of hearing car horns and busy streets, you hear the babbling of a nearby stream, the crunching of leaves under your feet, and the breeze rustling nearby bushes. Nature in its purest form, nature at its finest. You begin to realize what you were missing had been here the whole time, all you have to do is stop and take it in. You came here searching for a weekend of rest and relaxation, and realize that you have found much more… You found the truest version of yourself.

Mom and baby hiking

Mitchell County is a place where you can find that peaceful escape that you have been seeking. Whether you are looking to get back to nature, or just to get some much needed rest from your busy life, you will find a restful and serene oasis.

Centered in the middle of the three tallest peaks in North Carolina, (Grandfather, Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain) Mitchell County has spectacular ridges and valleys that are perfect for hiking. Although there are many popular hiking trails around Mitchell County, there are a multiple hidden and secluded trails and spots perfect for meditating, reading, or just getting some peace and quiet.

Roan Mountain, NC
photo credit: Appalachian Exposures

Grassy Creek Falls is one of the most serene places in Mitchell County. This two mile round trip hike is the perfect tranquil getaway for those looking for some peace and quiet. The short one mile walk on the trail leads to spectacular multi-cascading waterfalls. This short hike will take you to a place of harmony and stillness that is beyond compare. The Grassy Creek Falls Trail is close to the village of Little Switzerland where you can enjoy a great meal, grab an ice cream cone and visit the unique shops.


If you are searching for a weekend escape, local resorts offer private cabin rentals and camp sites. Also on the premises are many hiking trails, waterfalls, fishing, horseback riding, and various other relaxing activities that will give you the quaint and serene experience you came seeking.

Horseback riding

With miles and miles of back roads and some of the most spectacular scenery around, Mitchell County is the perfect place to just go for a long drive. Through the winding curves of Mitchell County, you will become a local as you discover  lesser-known things about our county that makes it home. Driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a getaway in itself, with miles of beautiful scenery and many pull offs with million-dollar views.

Motorcyclist on the Blue Ridge Parkway
photo credit: Appalachian Exposures

You came looking for an escape, from work, stress, and the rush and worry of everyday life… You found tranquility, rest, and a peace that passes all else. You came seeking a weekend retreat… You found a time of change and rediscovery for yourself. You came seeking an escape, but you found an oasis. What a lovely surprise. We are sure that in Mitchell County, you will leave here having found far more than you ever expected.