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Year-round access to the Pisgah National Forest, in our unforgettable region of the Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills.

Find canoe, kayak, tube rentals and local guided tour operators taking you down the Catawba River, on Lake James, floating the Toe River, or rappelling classes and trips with local adventure guides Thrifty Adventures and Catawba River Outdoors.  

Explore a trail! With over 20 waterfall and hiking trails, vineyard trails, off road biking trails, a 200 + quilt block trail and, of course, our driving trails, we'll help you relax throughout the year.

We're also known for our mining history.  Visit former commercial mines offering authentic, recreational mining fun with gold and gems.

Search our "play list" to find attractions, trails and more.  Lake James State Park, golf courses, museums and galleries.  If you need a little help finding the perfect spot, call us toll free.  888-233-6111

Andrews Geyser

Andrews Geyser

**Andrews Geyser Park is open, however, the "geyser" itself is non-operational, while the Town of Old Fort makes repairs to ...

  • Phone
    828-668-4244
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
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
Joseph McDowell/Catawba River Greenway

Joseph McDowell/Catawba River Greenway

The Joseph McDowell/Catawba River Greenway is located just outside downtown Marion, NC.  This paved trail follows the flow 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 ...

Mill Creek Village

Mill Creek Village

Mill Creek Village is located in downtown Old Fort, NC and is comprised of the following businesses and attractions.  ...

  • Phone
    828-668-4282
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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