Explore our region of the spectacular North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains when you visit our towns and trails, including Marion, Old Fort, Little Switzerland, Lake James/Nebo, and the Linville Falls area. Ramble or ride across 70,000 acres of Pisgah National Forest where you'll explore close to 200 miles of trails and the country's most visited national park, the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Elevations vary greatly and contribute to our mild weather. We are a true four-season destination. Downtown Marion's elevation is just over 1,400 feet above sea level, Old Fort clocks in around 1,500 feet above sea level, Little Switzerland, and our Parkway communities measure between 3,000 - 4,000 feet above sea level. The highest point east of the Mississippi River is close by, Mt. Mitchell State Park at 6,684 feet. You'll find stunning views and vistas, hiking, biking, and waterfall trails along with attractions and sites less traveled.
Our quaint downtown neighborhoods are filled with locally-owned shops, restaurants, taprooms, breweries, and more. Call to request a copy of Marion's 310 District map. It identifies art walks, galleries, restaurants, and retailers. Ask about our museum and niche attraction guides. We're here to help. 828-668-4282