Recent news, activities, special events and upcoming festivals!


Our trails are bursting with color, including this early Flame Azalea. In our region of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Pisgah National Forest, a variety of rhodendron is in bloom now through the end of June, some at the higher elevations will bloom into early July. Elevations above 3,000 ...

Pioneer Day & Mountain Thunder Car Show

Experience the days of yesteryear at the 31st Annual Pioneer Day in Old Fort, NC. Join us on the banks of Mill Creek, at Mountain Gateway Museum experience the Pioneer-era culture of western North Carolina. Period demonstrators, artists and craftsmen, musicians, food and more are part of this local celebration ...

Explore The Blue Ridge!

Explore our amazing region of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Try your hand at kayaking the Catawba River or book an excursion with one of our local adventure guides. Spend the day on one of the most challenging mountain bike wilderness trails in western North Carolina.  Just north of Marion, follow ...

Spring Into Adventure!

In our region of the Pisgah National Forest, there are 13 hiking trails and 8 waterfall trails open and accessible year-round. Some are easier than others.  In Marion, the McDowell Greenway follows the flow of the Catawba River, with approximately 3 miles of paved, scenic trail open to walkers and ...

February and Warm Weather!

Winter! What a great time to be outdoors, on our hiking or biking trails. We're experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures.  Join us for a guided ranger hike at Lake James, or practice your mountain biking skills on Kitsuma Peak! Check our Facebook page for updates and news.

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