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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

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 ...

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    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 ...

Kitsuma Peak

Kitsuma Peak

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

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
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
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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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 ...

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    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 ...

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    828-668-4282
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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