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Rio Doce Mine

14622 Hwy 226 S

Spruce Pine NC 28777


P.O. Box 296

Little Switzerland, NC 28749



Fax: 765-2097


Rio Doce Gem Mine is open everyday from Easter through Halloween.

The operating hours are from 9:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M.


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Fantastic Views!

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The Alpine Inn of Little Switzerland, North Carolina is a precious gem among western North Carolina’s misty blue mountains.  Situated on what seems to be the Top of The World, and granting its guests the most breathtaking views of majestic marching mountaintops, the Alpine Inn is unlike any other property in North Carolina. This piece of western North Carolina real estate is engulfed in the peaceful serenity of the Pisgah National Forest along route 226A, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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