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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.

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Appalachian Trading Post

Appalachian Trading Post

Individually managed vintage booths with "curiosity" pieces, used sporting goods, bicycles, electronics, antiques and so much more.  Spend some ...

  • Phone
    828-527-1521
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
Happy Hen Vintage

Happy Hen Vintage

Lots of space with a variety of seasonal offerings, antiques, jewelry, toys, craft furnishings and more.  Located in a ...

  • Phone
    828-559-2049
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
Lamb's Hidden Treasures

Lamb's Hidden Treasures

A local favorite, Lamb's Hidden Treasures is a special find, one block off North Main Street in downtown Marion ...

  • Phone
    828-925-2725
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Miller Business Complex

This former manufacturing and warehouse site has been converted!  Stop by the Miller Business Complex to shop with locally ...

  • Phone
    828-652-3767
Mountain Laurel Antiques

Mountain Laurel Antiques

A little something for everyone!  Musical instruments, period furnishings, jewelry, accessories, clothing items and more.  Inventory changes regularly ...

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    828-756-8200
Vintage Market

Vintage Market

Antique mall and vintage store with a variety of vendor booths.  You'll find custom-made furnishings and The Vintage ...

  • Phone
    828-559-2700

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