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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

Catawba Falls

Catawba Falls

The Headwaters of the Catawba River and protected by conservation easements, this 340 foot cascade includes an upper and lower ...

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    828-668-4282
Geneva Hall

Geneva Hall

Geneva Hall is located in "uptown" Little Switzerland at the end of HIgh Ridge Road, beside the Switzerland Inn.  Geneva ...

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
Kitsuma Peak

Kitsuma Peak

Breath taking views along Kitsuma Trail and Young's Ridge.  This one is not for the faint of heart!  ...

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
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 ...

  • Phone
    828-668-4282
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 ...

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    800-225-7802
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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