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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

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Bear Crawl

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Bear Crawl - Sugar Hill Road

Buck Creek

Buck Creek

(Game land section) 200 yards along NC 80 also light fishing pressure.

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 ...

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East McDowell Middle School

The auditorium of East Middle School in Marion, NC is a venue for Foothills Community Theater performances. Throughout the year ...

  • Phone
    828-652-7711
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
McDowell High School

McDowell High School

McDowell High School's auditorium and gymnasium are used for some public events.   The annual Appalachian Potters' Market is ...

  • Phone
    828-652-7920
Peavine Trail

Peavine Trail

The Peavine Rail Line, once an active Norfolk Southern Railway line, is included in the company's "rails to trails ...

  • Phone
    828-652-3551
The Flats Off Road Park

The Flats Off Road Park

The Flats is a large tract of land specifically constructed to challenge the most rugged 4-wheeler.  This facility hosts special ...

  • Phone
    828-442-7932
Tom Johnson's Camping Center

Tom Johnson's Camping Center

Tom Johnson's Camping Center is more than a campground, it also serves as a performance/event venue.  Located beside ...

  • Phone
    800-225-7802
Tom's Creek Falls

Tom's Creek Falls

Tom's Creek Falls is accessible year round, located south of the Blue Parkway at Milepost 316/Hwy. 221 South ...

Woodlawn Fitness Trail

Woodlawn Fitness Trail

Fitness Trail consists of 7 stations, two exercises per station on a 1/4 mile jogging path.  Additional one mile ...

  • Phone
    828-668-4282
Woods Mountain Trail

Woods Mountain Trail

Hike or bike this one.  It's not for the faint at heart!  Elevation peaks at 3,600 ...

  • Phone
    828-668-4282
Woody's Original Mountain Music House

Woody's Original Mountain Music House

Join Max Woody and friends each Friday night to experience one-of-a-kind bluegrass music with local performers.  Any and all musicians ...

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    828-724-4158

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