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Man Fly Fishing on a river in McDowell County.

Welcome to the Blue Ridge Traveler’s area of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We’re here to help you plan the vacation that fits your lifestyle.

What will you find? Miles of epic backcountry trails scattered throughout our region of the Pisgah National Forest.  Ramble through pristine wilderness areas showcasing stellar waterfalls, hiking and biking trails, and first-rate trout streams. Book a guided hike, fly-fishing trip, river float, or other outdoor activities.

Woman walking dog in front of Crabtree Falls in North CarolinaUncover the hidden gems found in our Blue Ridge Parkway communities of Little Switzerland and the Linville Falls area between Mileposts 314 and 344.

Blue Ridge Traveler: Towns & Trails of McDowell County

Meet our makers!  We enjoy a mind-blowing creative culture! These talented residents are responsible for our iconic public art projects, distinctive craft beers, wines, mead, and locally sourced foods.  Their innovations translate into special events and interesting retail shops.

The most important part of planning a getaway is identifying your base camp.  We’ll share details on places you don’t want to miss, including cool stops and finds in downtown Marion’s 310 District and Old Fort’s Pisgah hiking, mountain biking, and waterfall trails.

Visit us online at or call 828-668-4282.


91 S. Catawba Avenue
Old Fort, NC 28762
Exit at Milepost 317.5, 330.9, 344.1, 382.5