Each Wednesday, between now and the end of June, Highway 226 and Highway 226-A North heading from the Inn on Mill Creek to the towns of Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland will be closed.

Highway 226 is a commonly-used route to the incredibly beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway just northeast of the Inn on Mill Creek, but no worries — if you’re traveling our way on Wednesdays and want to get to the Blue Ridge Parkway, we recommend taking scenic Highway 80 just east of Old Fort, which will put you between Mt. Mitchell State Park and Little Switzerland. We actually recommend this route for any day to go north on the Parkway to see the quaint small towns, the Orchard at Altapass, Linville Falls and Grandfather Mountain. Plus, you can stop in to the charming town of Old Fort and have a bite to eat at the Catawba Vale Cafe or one of the other lunch spots, see some fabulous art at the The Appalachian Artisan Gallery, and learn all about railroad history at the historic Old Fort depot and railroad museum:

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