Recent news, activities, special events and upcoming festivals!

COVID-19 Information and Updates

The McDowell County Tourism Development Authority is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic activity including regional and local test results. Similar to other communities and jurisdictions, McDowell County, the town of Old Fort, and the City of Marion have declared the State of Emergency. This is a precautionary action taken to ...

March 19th - The Vernal Equinox!

Spring, it's arriving soon! There are reservations to be made, day trips to plan, sites to see and trails to conquer.  

Your Winter Playlist for the Blue Ridge Mountains

There's a popular misconception that the Blue Ridge Mountains are cold and inaccessible in the winter, but weather conditions in our region may surprise you. Typically, winter is mild, with the exception of a few snow days. This means you can readily access mountain trails and their unobstructed views ...

Holiday Shopping & Food!

Holidays and food go together just like peas and carrots. I believe Forrest Gump may have said "something" along those lines.  If you're searching for holiday ideas, we have a few suggestions.

December Ideas!

Marion hosts one of the state's oldest art events, this year's 33rd Annual Appalachian Potters' Market. A fundraiser for the McDowell Arts Council, you'll find 66 North Carolina potters and their wares inside the McDowell High School gymnasium.  

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