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Your Travel Guide To Little Switzerland, Lake James, Marion, Old Fort & Linville Falls

The Blue Ridge Travelers' towns and communities are surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest.  Pisgah contains over 500,000 acres and approximately 70,000 of those acres are right here.  Search the "Stay" option to find the perfect Blue Ridge Mountain log cabin, lake house, cottage, inn, B&B, or motel. 

What can you do? Explore 20 hiking and waterfall trails, numerous mountain biking trails, two Lake James State Parks, the Blue Ridge Parkway or push your physical limits by participating in our seasonal, outdoor races, rides and trail runs.  

Old Fort is an official North Carolina Mountain Heritage Trout Town with four trout streams, while Lake James is known for its sports fishing.  Cruise the 6,812 acres and 150 miles of shoreline, with views of the Linville Mountains.  

We're a year-round Blue Ridge Mountain destination, with mild winters and comfortable summers.  Day Tripping ideas include the short drive to Asheville where you'll shop downtown, visit Biltmore House and return via the Blue Ridge Parkway traveling north with a stop at Mt. Mitchell State Park. Chimney Rock State Park, another short drive, with its trails, waterfalls, and neighboring Lake Lure.  Another state park, within about an hour of most lodging properties, is Grandfather Mountain State Park.  Spend the day visiting their wildlife areas, trails, and mile high swinging bridge. A little closer to home is the  Lake James State Park with two distinctive areas,  Paddy's Creek or the Catawba River area.  Amenities include a swimming beach, kayak/canoe rentals, picnic areas and more.   

Search the "Play" section to find a list of attractions, trails and more.  The event calendar includes activity and festival details. Don't miss Marion's Liver Mush Festival or New Year's Eve celebration and gold nugget drop!

Have questions?  We're here to help.  Ask for a free Blue Ridge Travelers' Visitor Guide and area map. Call us, toll-free!    888-233-6111.

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