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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
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
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
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 ...

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.  ...

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    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 ...

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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 ...

  • Phone
    828-668-4282
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 ...

  • Phone
    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 ...

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 ...

  • Phone
    828-668-4282

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