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Old Fort Trails & Trains Festival

June 3rd, 2023, mark your calendar and join us as we celebrate North Carolina's Year Of The Trail with a new festival in downtown Old Fort, North Carolina called the Old Fort Trails and Trains Festival. We will celebrate this small Blue Ridge Mountain community by focusing on its pathways and connections including the town's railroad and Pisgah National Forest history.

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We continue to create schedules, coordinate vendors and activities. Bookmark this page! We will add schedules, registration links, and more as festival event confirmations are received.

Are you interested in becoming a vendor? Head over to this page to submit your information.

The McDowell Trails Association will host guided hikes, the G5 Trail Collective is hosting a youth mountain bike race on site at the new, Old Fort Gateway Trail System, the Friends of Fonta Flora State Trail is hosted a 5k run/walk with registration proceeds benefiting this non-profit and their work to create trail across three Western North Carolina counties.

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There will be live demonstrations designed to teach a new skill or how to operate your outdoor equipment. Food trucks, vendors and more will be located in the downtown area.

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All things train related will take place in and around the Old Fort Train Depot located at 25 W. Main Street.

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Are you interested in becoming a vendor? Head over to this page to submit your information.

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Join Us!