Recent news, activities, special events and upcoming festivals!

October 21st - Fall Leaf Report

Fall color continues to be the number one question we receive in the visitor center. This year, Mother Nature is keeping everyone on their toes.  It's a wait and see sort of season. 

October 14th - Fall Leaf Report

There is an exciting level of energy surrounding the fall leaf season! We're like children preparing for a big birthday bash or holiday, we simply cannot wait to see the splendid mountain colors. For all of us anxiously awaiting the "big day," I have good news.

October 7th - Fall Leaf Report

Leaf "peepers" this photo was taken from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 328.3 around 6:45 pm. Slowly but surely leaf colors are beginning to change.  As I drove between Linville Falls and Milepost 331 glimpses of color were everywhere.  I observed two dramatic "patches" of ...

36th Annual Mountain Glory Festival

Celebrating 36 years of downtown Marion's Mountain Glory Festival on October 12th between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Festival-goers will find three blocks of Main Street filled with arts and crafts vendors, festival foods, and inside the McDowell Arts Council is the Mountain Glory Quilt Guild ...

September 30th - Fall Leaf Report

I never tire of these splendid Blue Ridge Mountain views.They are spectacular year-round. But, you're here because of the changing leaves!  Over the weekend, we continued to see temperatures in the 80s without any significant rainfall.  Nights are cooler, and as we enter the first week ...

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