Recent news, activities, special events and upcoming festivals!

Explore The Blue Ridge!

Explore our amazing region of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Try your hand at kayaking the Catawba River or book an excursion with one of our local adventure guides. Spend the day on one of the most challenging mountain bike wilderness trails in western North Carolina.  Just north of Marion, follow ...

13th Annual Tour de Lure

Are you ready? The ride begins and ends at the Corpening Memorial YMCA in Marion. A 71-mile route through scenic farmland in McDowell county, climbs up Stone Mtn., passes through Chimney Rock and around beautiful Lake Lure, before a return to McDowell County via the Assault on Mt. Mitchell route ...

Spring Into Adventure!

In our region of the Pisgah National Forest, there are 13 hiking trails and 8 waterfall trails open and accessible year-round. Some are easier than others.  In Marion, the McDowell Greenway follows the flow of the Catawba River, with approximately 3 miles of paved, scenic trail open to walkers and ...

February and Warm Weather!

Winter! What a great time to be outdoors, on our hiking or biking trails. We're experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures.  Join us for a guided ranger hike at Lake James, or practice your mountain biking skills on Kitsuma Peak! Check our Facebook page for updates and news.

Outdoor Explorations!

Delight in the great outdoors, all winter long! Our mild winter temperatures create ideal conditions for outdoor fun. Explore the 19 hiking trails and 8 waterfall trails scattered throughout our region of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains!  Mountain biking trails are also available year-round.  Kitsuma Peak-Young's Ridge, the mountain ...

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