COVID-19 Information and Updates


The McDowell County Tourism Development Authority is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic activity including regional and local test results. Similar to other communities and jurisdictions, McDowell County, the town of Old Fort, and the City of Marion have declared the State of Emergency. This is a precautionary action taken to open access to federal resources, it is not an indication of a local or regional outbreak. However, if you are visiting and begin to experience symptoms, this is the local hot line.  Call 828-527-6687 to report your symptoms and receive assistance.
N.C. Governor Roy Cooper has mandated N.C. restaurants, bars, and breweries remain closed until further notice.  Restaurants and breweries may provide pick-up service and deliveries.  Please contact your local favorites for pick-up and delivery times.   At this time, local tourism-related retailers are open.  Some are offering "to go" do-it-yourself projects.  The Makery and Simply Bakery in Marion are two of those businesses. 
N.C. State Park campgrounds and visitor centers are closed.  The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville is also closed.
N.C. State Park trails are OPEN.  Hiking, biking, and waterfall trails located on federal lands remain OPEN.  If you are visiting here, grocery stores are open, and as mentioned above take-out is available from restaurants.  
For North Carolina COVID-19 updates, refer to the website. You will find testing information and guidance.  https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina
Our Blue Ridge Traveler Visitor Center in Old Fort is currently closed to the public.  However, we are working on site and are available to assist by telephone.  Maps and visitor guides will be available for pick up at the outside display rack. Contact us with questions.  828-668-4282
If you need additional travel information, refer to the CDC's travel link below. 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

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