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Your Travel Guide To Little Switzerland, Lake James, Marion, Old Fort & Linville Falls

This is your next mountain get-away!  We have your "playlist" including trails, North Carolina craft beer, waterfalls, arts and crafts, vineyards, recreational mining, music, bike trails, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Lake James State Parks, North Carolina Trout, and more.  Did I mention the views?  Wow, we definitely have those!

The Pisgah National Forest totals around 500,000 acres and approximately 70,000 of those are right here.  We're all about the outdoors, with year-round access to mountain bike trails, hiking/running trails, motorcycle trails, art trails, trout streams, waterfall trails, kayaking or boating on Lake James.  

Downtown Marion's recent renaissance included the addition of taprooms, a music hall, nano-brewery and soon the list will include a meadery and second craft beer venue.  Experience the 3/10 Pub Crawl, call us for details and maps. 

Day Tripping ideas?  Shopping downtown Asheville and a visit to Biltmore House.  A day at Mt. Mitchell State Park or Chimney Rock State Park, both are short drives from area lodging properties.  About an hour away, spend time exploring Grandfather Mountain State Park.  A little closer to home is the Lake James State Park with two distinctive areas,  Paddy's Creek and the Catawba River area.  You'll find a swimming beach, kayak/canoe rentals, picnic areas, tent camping sites, biking and hiking trails.  Our event calendar includes details on their weekend, free guided ranger activities!   

Click the "Play" icon for more fun ideas and a click of the "Stay" icon opens to a complete list of lodging properties and campgrounds.

Have questions?  We're here to help.  Ask for a free Blue Ridge Travelers' Visitor Guide and area map. Call us, toll-free!    888-233-6111.

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