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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 ...

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    828-668-4244
Catawba Falls

Catawba Falls

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

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    828-668-4282
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 ...

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    828-652-2144
Heartbreak Ridge

Heartbreak Ridge

As the name implies, this down hill, four mile bike trail descends approximately 2,000 feet and is a true ...

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 ...

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    828-668-4282
Kitsuma Peak

Kitsuma Peak

Breath taking views along Kitsuma Trail and Young's Ridge.  This one is not for the faint of heart!  ...

Mackey Mountain

Mackey Mountain

Excellent views inside a BEAR sanctuary, hunting is illegal!!  Hike this area with caution, particularly during spring and fall seasons ...

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    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 ...

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    828-668-4282
Point Lookout Trail

Point Lookout Trail

Spectacular views of the Royal Gorge and 19th century railroad tunnels.  Paved, hiking and bicycle trail rising approximately 1,000 ...

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    828-668-4282
Seven Wonders Trail

Seven Wonders Trail

A collaborative project, connecting members of the A3L (non-profit, Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League) with Old Fort Elementary School students ...

Snook's Nose Trail

Snook's Nose Trail

This is a rocky, single track path used by hikers and mountain biking enthusiasts.  Trail crosses Slick Falls Branch climbing ...

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    828-668-4282
Star Gap Trail

Star Gap Trail

From the Old Fort Picnic Area, continue onto Mill Creek Road, passing Andrews Geyser on left to road's end ...

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Young's Ridge

Young's Ridge

Trailhead begins inside the Old Fort Picnic Area with incredible views of Kitsuma Peak at trail end.  Elevation is 3 ...

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    828-668-4282

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