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    Little Switzerland

  • Lake James Beach

    Lake James State Park

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    Old Fort Train Depot - David Womack

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    Downtown Marion

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    Blue Ridge Parkway Tunnel

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    Curtis Creek

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

We have your "playlist" including all types of outdoor recreation venues and activities.  You'll find some of western North Carolina's most spectacular waterfalls, sports fishing on Lake James, fly fishing in cold mountain streams, and the Blue Ridge Parkway with its own attractions and trails.  

The Pisgah National Forest contains around 500,000 acres and approximately 70,000 of those are right here.  Within our region of the Grandfather Ranger District you can walk, run or ride 150 miles of trail, including 69 miles of Mountains-To-The Sea Trail!

Explore year-round.  We enjoy a temperate climate with easy access to ALL sorts of exquisite outdoor places to enjoy mountain bike trails, hiking/running trails, motorcycle trails, art trails, waterfall trails, driving trails, and an antique trail.  

Downtown Marion's 310 District includes taprooms, a music hall, nano-brewery, and meadery. Give us a call to receive the 310 District Guide.  It describes the fun and funky downtown places and events.  

Old Fort combines the old and new with outdoor adventure and is a designated N.C. Mountain Heritage Trout Town.  Why? Mill Creek is a delayed harvest trout stream running through downtown bordering Mountain Gateway Museum.  The museum offers a loaner tackle program to children under the age of 16.

Little Switzerland and our Parkway communities are open during the traditional travel season, between April and October, featuring unique lodging properties, specialty shops, and local cuisine.  Little Switzerland is easy to find, the Blue Ridge Parkway runs through it, take the exit at MP 334.

Create your vacation base camp here.  Why?  Asheville is a short drive, we have three access points to the Blue Ridge Parkway and within an hour's drive are five N.C. State Parks including Lake James, Mt. Mitchell, South Mountains, Chimney Rock, and Grandfather Mountain. We have more ideas, just call us!

Click the "Play" icon for more active ideas and click the "Stay" icon to see 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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