Upcoming Events in Old Fort
Stained Glass Potted Mushrooms workshop with Catherine BruggemanSat, Jun 3, 2023 1 PM - 5 PM
Old Fort Trails and Trains FestivalSat, Jun 3, 2023 9 AM - 4 PM
Mountain Gateway Museum Music JamSun, Jun 4, 2023 @ 2 PM — Sun, Jun 25, 2023 @ 4 PM
Blue Ridge in the Round Suncatcher workshop with Catherine BruggemanMon, Jun 5, 2023 1 PM - 5 PM
The town of Old Fort has been welcoming travelers to this corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains for more than 150 years. Named for the Revolutionary-era Davidson’s Fort, this charming mountain town is today surrounded by Pisgah National Forest — it’s the perfect place to start your next mountain adventure.
Hit the trail with your hiking boots or mountain bike to experience the rugged forest terrain. Take the whole family on a hike to see breathtaking Catawba Falls, or meander alongside Newberry Creek as it winds toward the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Point Lookout Trail offers a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding mountains and is a favorite among bikers, as is the nearby Kitsuma Peak/Young’s Ridge Trail.
Learn about area history at the Mountain Gateway Museum, which chronicles the lifestyles and traditions of local residents from the time of European settlement through the 20th century. Visit a replica of Davidson’s Fort, originally built in the 1770s as the westernmost outpost of the American Colonies. Enjoy scenes from Old Fort history as depicted by local artists and students on the Seven Wonders mural trail. And take a drive to visit Andrews Geyser, a man-made fountain built as a tourist attraction during the early years of rail travel in Western North Carolina.
After your adventure, kick back with a pint of local craft beer at Hillman Beer’s creekside patio or Old Fort Ride House’s cycling outpost. A number of vacation rentals, cabins and campgrounds are available for you to rest and recharge for another day exploring the Blue Ridge.
Explore Old Fort Attractions
The Davis Country Store
Inspired by tradition, the Davis family invites you to stop by the "second generation" Davis Country Store located on Main…
Newberry Creek Trail
Scenic trail ending at Blue Ridge Parkway. Top elevation is 4,300 feet. East of Old Fort, take Curtis Creek Road…
Painters Greenhouse in Old Fort is your destination for any kind of plant you desire! Stop by to browse the homegrown plants, gardens, and picnic areas!
Curtis Creek Campground
Curtis Creek Campground is open May-October for tent or RV camping in the beautiful Pisgah National Forest! The grounds include hiking trails and a waterfall.
Turtle Island Pottery
Since 1980 Turtle Island Pottery has produced a very popular line of functional stoneware. The pottery has become very recognizable…
Mountain Gateway Museum
The Mountain Getaway Museum is a state museum in Old Fort that features lifestyle and pioneer-era history from the earliest inhabitants to the 20th century.
Indigo Nature Retreat - Event Venue & Lodging
Indigo Nature Retreat is located on Newberry Creek in the heart of the Pisgah National Forest, outside…
Point Lookout Trail
Spectacular views of the Royal Gorge and 19th-century railroad tunnels. In 2022, the Point Lookout Trail was included as a…