The Catawba Falls trail is closed until spring of 2024. Click here to find alternative waterfall and hiking trails.



North Carolina

Marion, N.C. - Where Main Street Meets The Mountains

Mountain Glory Festival.jpg

With its historic buildings set against the backdrop of picturesque Mount Ida, you'll find Marion is the perfect base camp for your next Blue Ridge Mountain adventure. Get a taste of local flavors in the town’s eclectic downtown, or explore the surrounding mountains by foot, by bike or by car.

Stroll the sidewalks of Marion’s historic Main Street where you’ll find former banks and warehouses brought back to life as locally-owned restaurants, craft breweries, bakeries, ice cream parlors, unique shopping boutiques and art galleries.

People walking in downtown Marion

Main Street is the site of several mountain craft fairs and community celebrations throughout the year. Stop by the Historic Marion Tailgate Market on Tuesdays, May through October, to pick up local produce and artisan goods like bread, jams and handmade soaps. And don’t miss the family-friendly WNC Bigfoot Festival in Marion each September. Check the event calendar for more Marion festivals and happenings.

Marion is conveniently located to a variety of outdoor adventures, many accessible all year round. Walk or bike along the river on the Joseph McDowell Historic Catawba River Greenway at the edge of town, or take a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to see stunning mountain vistas, visit beautiful waterfalls and access many more hiking trails. Just a few miles away is Lake James State Park where you’ll find hiking and biking trails, canoe and kayak rentals and a swimming beach perfect for staying cool on a hot summer day.

At the end of the day, find your home away from home at one of Marion’s accommodations, including hotels, motels, campgrounds and private cabin rentals.


Explore Marion Attractions