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Cruso is a small community located in Haywood County on Pisgah Mountain, between the cities of Asheville and Waynesville. According to tradition, the name came from the town's first postmaster after he read the book, "Robinson Cruso." Cruso can be reached via U.S. Highway 276, just four and a half miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. This mountainous region of western North Carolina is full of historical sites and wonderful attractions. There is a spectacular golf course just two miles north of Cruso on Highway 276, and other activities in the area include hiking, rock climbing, fishing, rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping, downhill and cross country skiing. The region is rich in local arts and crafts, and sightseeing along the mountain highways and byways takes you to many local shops and flea markets. Nearby points of interest include the Biltmore House and Gardens, the Carl Sandburg Home, the Great Smoky Mountain Railway, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the Pisgah National Forest, Blue Ridge Parkway and the Shining Rock Wilderness Area. The community of Cruso also holds an Annual Community Quilt Show at the Community Center in Canton, featuring handmade quilts, both old and new, made by the ladies of the community.

Surrounding areas: Black Mountain, North Carolina (7.6 mi), Clyde, North Carolina (9.8 mi), Waynesville, North Carolina (11.2 mi), Lake Junaluska, North Carolina (11.4 mi), Pisgah Forest, North Carolina (12.9 mi), Brevard, North Carolina (13.4 mi), Maggie Valley, North Carolina (16.2 mi)

Cruso Vacation Rentals

Cruso Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn Of CantonI-40 At Exit 31 Champion DrCanton, NC8.1 mi.(828) 648-4881
Econo Lodge Canton55 Buckeye CV RdCanton, NC8.1 mi.(828) 648-0300
Days Inn West2551 Smokey Park HwyCandler, NC9.1 mi.(828) 667-9321
Super 879 Liner Cove RdWaynesville, NC10.9 mi.(828) 454-9667
Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn130 Shiloh TrlWaynesville, NC11.2 mi.(828) 456-4402
Grandview Londge809 Valleyview Cir RdWaynesville, NC11.2 mi.(828) 456-5212
Econo Lodge1202 Russ AveWaynesville, NC11.6 mi.(828) 452-0353
Holiday Inn Express1570 Asheville HwyBrevard, NC11.7 mi.(Inv) ali-dInp
Hampton Inn Brevard800 Frst Gate CtrPisgah Forest, NC12.9 mi.(828) 883-4800
Brevard Motor Lodge750 N Caldwell StBrevard, NC13.2 mi.(828) 884-3456
Imperial Motor LodgeHwy 64 & 276 NBrevard, NC13.4 mi.(828) 884-2887
Ramada Plaza Hotel-west435 Smokey Park HwyAsheville, NC13.6 mi.(704) 665-2161
Comfort Suites Biltmore Square Mall890 Brevard RdAsheville, NC13.8 mi.(704) 665-4000
Comfort Inn West15 Crowell RdAsheville, NC13.9 mi.(828) 665-6500
Red Roof Inn #14616 Crowell RdAsheville, NC13.9 mi.(704) 667-9803
Super8 West8 Crowell RdAsheville, NC14.0 mi.(828) 667-8706
Best Western Biltmore W275 Smokey Park HwyAsheville, NC14.1 mi.(828) 667-4501
Fairfield Inn & Suites11 Rocky Ridge RdAsheville, NC14.1 mi.(828) 665-4242
Hampton Inn1 Rocky Ridge RdAsheville, NC14.1 mi.(828) 667-2022
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1 Wedgefield DrAsheville, NC14.1 mi.(828) 665-6519
Super 8 Biltmore9 Wedgefield DrAsheville, NC14.1 mi.(828) 670-8800
Sleep Inn1918 Old Haywood RdAsheville, NC14.2 mi.(828) 670-7600
Quality Inn70 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC14.5 mi.(828) 926-0201
Comfort Inn848 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.3 mi.(828) 926-9106
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn3811 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.4 mi.(828) 926-3962
Meadowlark Motel2878 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.4 mi.(828) 926-1717
Microtel Inn & Suites3777 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.4 mi.(888) 771-7171
Ramada LTD4048 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.4 mi.(828) 926-7800
Balsam Mountain InnBalsam MTN Inn RdBalsam, NC15.5 mi.(704) 456-9498
Comfort Inn-airport15 Rockwood RdArden, NC15.7 mi.(828) 687-9199
Econo Lodge Airport196 Underwood RdFletcher, NC15.7 mi.(704) 684-1200
Hampton Inn & Suites18 Rockwood RdFletcher, NC15.8 mi.(828) 687-0806
Holiday Inn Airport550 Airport RdFletcher, NC15.8 mi.(704) 684-1213
Days Inn Airport183 Underwood RdFletcher, NC15.9 mi.(800) 329-7466
Quality Inn & Suites1 Skyline Inn DrArden, NC16.9 mi.(828) 684-6688
Sun Valley Motel2507 Hendersonville RdArden, NC17.1 mi.(828) 684-6944
Marriott Execustay/Turtle Creek99 Turtle Creek DrAsheville, NC17.4 mi.(800) 789-7829
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn1021 Soco Rd Hwy 19Maggie Valley, NC17.6 mi.(828) 926-3962
Maggie Valley Holiday Motel Inc851 Seco RdMaggie Valley, NC17.6 mi.(828) 926-1186
Baymont Inn-asheville204 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC18.2 mi.(828) 274-2022
Bed & Breakfast
Woodfield Inn2905 Greenville HwyFlat Rock, NC23.4 mi.(828) 693-6016
Freeze House Bed And Breakfast71 Sylvan HeightsSylva, NC23.6 mi.(828) 586-8161

Cruso Weather & Climate

The Southwestern Mountains of North Carolina ranges from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet in elevation and the topography definitely affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops than in the valleys below. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Snow may fall in March, but by May, things warm up with daytime highs in the 80s. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations, with frequent afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Winter is generally moderate, but more extreme conditions can occur at the mountain peaks. Large snow amounts and severe low temperatures are rare away from the highest peaks. Ski resorts usually rely on snowmaking equipment to ensure a good base. In general, the climate is not extreme, and supports year round activities.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 45°F 23°F 3.39 in. -
February 49°F 24°F 3.60 in. -
March 57°F 31°F 4.50 in. -
April 65°F 38°F 3.57 in. -
May 72°F 47°F 4.08 in. -
June 78°F 55°F 3.02 in. -
July 82°F 60°F 4.17 in. -
August 80°F 59°F 3.85 in. -
September 75°F 53°F 3.19 in. -
October 66°F 40°F 2.52 in. -
November 57°F 32°F 3.12 in. -
December 49°F 26°F 2.96 in. -

Cruso Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 15 miles east of Cruso in Asheville, North Carolina, the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located approximately 49 miles southeast of Cruso in Greer, South Carolina, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located roughly 51 miles south of Cruso in Greenville, South Carolina, and finally the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located around 71 miles northwest of Cruso in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Cruso Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC17.6 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC28.6 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC28.6 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN49.0 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN49.0 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN52.4 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA110.2 mi.
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC110.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Lake Junaluska Golf CourseWaynesvilleNC10.5 mi.
Laurel Ridge Country ClubWaynesvilleNC10.5 mi.
Connestee Falls Golf CourseBrevardNC13.0 mi.
Glen Cannon Country ClubBrevardNC13.0 mi.
Sherwood Forest Golf ClubBrevardNC13.0 mi.
High Vista Country ClubArdenNC17.2 mi.
Broadmoor Golf LinksFletcherNC17.5 mi.
Buncombe County Municipal Golf CourseAshevilleNC18.2 mi.
Brookwood Golf ClubArdenNC18.5 mi.
Mountain Brook Golf ClubAlbemarleNC20.2 mi.
Crooked Creek Golf ClubHendersonvilleNC20.8 mi.
Cummings Cove Golf & Country ClubHendersonvilleNC20.8 mi.
Orchard Trace Golf ClubHendersonvilleNC20.8 mi.
Reems Creek Golf CourseWeavervilleNC23.5 mi.
Willow Springs Country ClubWilsonNC25.0 mi.
Trillium Links & Lake ClubCashiersNC26.7 mi.
Ski Areas
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC17.6 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC31.8 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC40.0 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC73.7 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC73.7 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC74.9 mi.
State Parks
Caesars Head State ParkSC24.7 mi. 
Table Rock State ParkSC27.5 mi. 
Pleasant Ridge State ParkSC29.3 mi. 
Keowee Toxaway State ParkSC34.6 mi. 
Mount Mitchell State ParkNC39.4 mi. 
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC37.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Bob Jones University Museum & GalleryGreenvilleSC45.6 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC19.2 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC45.6 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN72.7 mi.

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