Welcome to McDowell County, a region that spans from the foothills to some of the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here you'll find vibrant communities and breathtaking trails to explore. Discover the beauty of our diverse landscapes and uncover the unique charm of each town with the McDowell County Towns and Trails Map as your guide. Download your map now and embark on a journey through the following five communities:
Old Fort: A Timeless Welcome
Step into the rich history of Old Fort, a town that has graciously welcomed travelers for over 150 years. Named after the Revolutionary-era Davidson’s Fort, this charming mountain enclave is surrounded by the majestic Pisgah National Forest. It serves as the perfect gateway for your next mountain adventure, offering a blend of historical significance and natural beauty.
Here you'll find a quirky Victorian in the heart of downtown called the Mountain Appalachian Inn and its high stars rating and reviews are enough reason to say YES. Then you add the front porch and 3 acres of gardens and outdoor hot tub with great views of the night skies and it’s just more YES. Each room is available through AirBnB and share the home’s living area. Guests also are invited to enjoy the fresh home-cooked deluxe continental breakfast in the mornings.
Marion: Base Camp for Adventure
Discover Marion, a town with historic buildings that stand against the backdrop of picturesque Mount Ida. An ideal base camp for your Blue Ridge Mountain adventure, Marion invites you to explore its eclectic downtown, savor local flavors, and venture into the surrounding mountains on foot, by bike, or by car.
When it’s time for the whole family to come together for a vacation, check out the Cottages at Spring House Farm in Marion. This 92 acres of rolling woodland with its own private hiking trails will easily welcome a large gathering. Kitchens are fully equipped, and ready to be used. Indoors by the fireplace or wood burning stove, or outside in the hot tub, start a new family tradition with a slower, more relaxing getaway.
There's also the Rock House at Maple Hill, which will take you and your friends and family back in time. This 1938 farmhouse was completely renovated in 2018 with modern amenities, including wifi, but still retains its original charm. Ideal for a large family or several couples with its multiple beds and baths, and decorated for the season, it will make the decision to come back again even easier.
Little Switzerland: A Parkway Gem
Located along the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, considered America's favorite scenic drive, you'll find Little Switzerland at Milepost 334,. Delight in delicious cuisine, explore eclectic shops, and experience warm Southern hospitality against a backdrop of sweeping, uninterrupted mountain views. Let the charm of Little Switzerland captivate you as you embark on a journey through the Blue Ridge Parkway.
For an entire experience, high above all the hustle and bustle, check into the Switzerland Inn, located directly on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Main Lodge has ‘casual quarters’ and for more of a private stay, choose a mountain view suite or rustic cottage. Walking around this little bit of Switzerland with its shops and spa and fine dining smack dab in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a scenic, peaceful and unexpected pleasure.
Nebo: Lakeside Tranquility
Embrace the tranquility of Nebo, a community situated along the shores of picturesque Lake James. Tucked into the eastern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Nebo offers outdoor adventures and opportunities to unwind amidst stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
The Appalachian Dream Cabin is true to its name with its high vaulted ceilings, abundant windows and modern rustic style. This is the iconic mountain getaway where the indoors and outdoors blend naturally and staying at the rental feels like possibly, the most fun thing to do. It will effortlessly hold your tribe with its 3 bedrooms and baths. If you do want to venture out, it’s in the Lake James area and convenient to hiking and waterfall trails and lake adventures.
Linville Falls: Adventure's Epicenter
Positioned at the junction of three North Carolina counties, Linville Falls is the epicenter of outdoor adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Discover a community uniquely situated to provide access to a myriad of outdoor activities. Explore the beauty of Linville Falls and its surroundings, all conveniently mapped out for you in the McDowell County Towns and Trails Map.
Indulge in an unforgettable stay at Linville Falls Lodge and Cabins, located adjacent to the Linville Gorge Wilderness area and just a short drive from the natural attractions in the area. These cabins provide the ideal base for your mountain retreat, ensuring a memorable trip to the mountains.
Embark on your McDowell County adventure by downloading the map now by clicking the red button at the top of the page. Explore, experience, and create memories in these five distinct communities that make McDowell County a treasure trove of Blue Ridge Mountain wonders.