Historic Old Fort is a quaint community of 900+ and regularly celebrates its heritage with mountain music performances, preservation of the Old Fort Train Station and Museum along with another interpretive site, Mountain Gateway Museum, a NC-owned and operated museum site. Enjoy both museums, shops, art, concerts and local restaurants with a short walk. Established in 1872, Old Fort was the western-most front during the pioneer days. Later in its history, the railroad brought tourists, primarily from the eastern part of the state, to enjoy the cooler summer weather. In 1885, a tourist attraction was created ajacent to the Round Knob Hotel that could be seen from the railroad tracks. Today, Andrews Geyser still exists and is enjoyed by locals and visitors. Located just outside the downtown district bordering Mill Creek the park includes picnic tables and a shade shelter. The town is bordered to the east by the first federally designated recreation area, Curtis Creek, owned and operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Thousands of wooded acres in the Pisgah National Forest include walking trails, a waterfall, primitive camping sites and limited RV spaces. Curtis Creek Road joins the Blue Ridge Parkway to the North. To the south of the downtown area, you'll find spectacular Catawba Falls, headwaters of the Catawba River.
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