The Catawba Falls trail is closed until spring of 2023. Click here to find alternative waterfall and hiking trails.



Juneteenth Freedom Festival

All Day
Lake James State Park and Campground

Members of the West Marion Community Forum invite everyone to join them for this inaugural celebration of freedom. This three day event takes places in three different venues. Event admission is FREE! Check the website often for schedules, and activities.

June 17th - Meet at Lake James State Park, Paddy's Creek Area for Field Day beginning at 10:00 am. Check the website for scheduling and activities.

June 18th - Made in McDowell - Celebrate with us at the West Marion Park between 10am to 4pm. Kids will love the inflatables, food trucks, art work for sale, local performances, and more. Location is 201 Ridley Street, Marion.

Later in the day, meet at McDowell County Community College at 5pm for the Juneteenth Pageant.

June 19th - Return to the West Marion Park for a final day of celebration, a religious service, and Juneteenth Meal.

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