• Bear Den Overlook

    A stunning view from Bear Den Campground

  • Kayaking on The Catawba River

    Fun kayaking on the Catawba River in Marion NC

  • Toms Creek Falls

    Colorful scene from Toms Creek Falls in Marion NC

  • New Year's Eve in Marion NC

    Horse-drawn carriage rides on New Year's Eve in Marion NC

  • Big Lynn Lodge Scenic View

    The scenery is great at Big Lynn Lodge in Little Switzerland NC

  • Bear Den Campground

    Winter scene from Bear Den Campground, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Downtown Marion NC at Night

    Christmas decorations from downtown Marion NC

  • Christmas Tree Marion NC

    A lighted Christmas tree in Marion NC


Welcome to the Blue Ridge Traveler's Towns and Trails, including Marion, Old Fort, Linville Falls, Lake James and Little Switzerland.  Our "back yard" is the Pisgah National Forest with hiking, waterfall and mountain biking trails.  Pisgah includes over 500,000 acres of forest lands, approximately 70,000 of those acres are right here.  The Blue Ridge Parkway serves as our unofficial northern, county border, with shops, art galleries, waterfalls, a historic apple orchard and more between Linville Falls and Crabtree Falls.  Typically, we enjoy mild winters and most sites are available year-round.

Explore back country trails, fish secluded trout streams, travel scenic driving routes through majestic mountain roads, look for gold and gems or follow the Blue Ridge Travelers' Wine Trail.  Search the "Play" section for a full list of attractions and trails. 

Have questions?  We're here to help.  Ask for a free visitor guide and area map. Call us, toll free!  888-233-6111

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