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Explore an unforgettable region of the Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills.

Discover your new basecamp for outdoor adventure in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A perfect destination for all-season exploration, here you'll find breathtaking scenery, miles of outdoor adventure, and the highest peaks east of the Mississippi. Around nearly every bend in the road you'll find access to natural wonders throughout the Pisgah National Forest. Here are ideas for travel inspiration.

Guided Fun - Thrifty Adventures and The Catawba Angler.    

Float the Catawba River - book a trip with Catawba River Outdoors.

Explore a trail in the Pisgah National Forest! 20+ area waterfall, running, and hiking trails totaling more than 150 miles.

Off-road biking - Trails including Kitsuma Peak/Young's Ridge, Curtis Creek Recreation Area, Woods Mountain, and Lake James State Park.

Blue Ridge Parkway - Stops at Little Switzerland, the Orchard at Altapass, Crabtree Falls, Linville Falls and a quick segue off the Parkway to explore Linville Caverns, gold and gem mining, golf courses, museums and art galleries.

Marion's 310 District - After you explore check out downtown Marion, a neighborhood hotspot with small breweries, tap rooms, music hall, restaurants, and art!

Old Fort - Find rushing trout streams, Mountain Gateway Museum, Catawba Falls, Andrews Geyser and Curtis Creek Recreation Area, thousands of acres in old growth U.S. Forest Service land with miles of trails and streams.

Need other ideas?  Call us! 888-233-6111

Andrews Geyser

Andrews Geyser

Built in 1879 as a tourism attraction, Andrews Geyser was an eye-catching site for visitors reaching Old Fort by train ...

  • Phone
    828-668-4244
Bear Creek Marina

Bear Creek Marina

Bear Creek Marina is part of a 200+ acre combined residential and recreational facility located on picturesque Lake James. Boat ...

  • Phone
    828-655-1400
Buck Creek

Buck Creek

(Game land section) 200 yards along NC 80 also light fishing pressure.

Catawba Falls

Catawba Falls

The Headwaters of the Catawba River and protected by conservation easements, this 340 foot cascade includes an upper and lower ...

  • Phone
    828-668-4282
Catawba River at Joseph McDowell Greenway

Catawba River at Joseph McDowell Greenway

Easy walk in access, handicap accessible fishing piers and canoe/kayak access available from three points along the greenway.  This ...

Catawba River Park and Canoe Launch

Catawba River Park and Canoe Launch

Catawba River Park and Canoe/Kayak Launch is located within one quarter mile of the intersection of Highway 70 West ...

Curtis Creek

Curtis Creek

A rushing trout stream, stocked with Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout, with handicapped access overlook on left side ...

Curtis Creek Campground

Curtis Creek Campground

U.S. Forest Service Recreation Area with over 10,000 acres in the Pisgah National Forest including Mackey Mountain, a ...

  • Phone
    828-652-2144
Greenlee Park

Greenlee Park

Greenway and nature trail loop covering 1.1 miles with kayak/canoe/tube put-in with covered picnic area.  In ...

Historic Old Fort

Historic Old Fort

Historic Old Fort is a quaint community of 900+ and regularly celebrates its heritage with mountain music performances, preservation of ...

  • Phone
    828-668-4282
Mill Creek

Mill Creek

Old Fort has the distinction of being a certified N.C. Mountain Trout Town!  Why?  Mill Creek runs through the ...

Newberry Creek Trail

Newberry Creek Trail

Scenic trail ending at Blue Ridge Parkway.  Top elevation is 4,300 feet.  East of Old Fort, take Curtis Creek ...

  • Phone
    828-668-4282
North Fork Catawba River

North Fork Catawba River

Download the river access map here or use these GPS coordinates to find access points for the North Fork Catawba ...

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