Stop there for all sorts of maps and brochures about things to do.
Adjacent to the Visitor Center is the Mountain Gateway Museumthe state museum exhibiting mountain lifestyle and history from the earliest inhabitants to the twentieth century. Summer music programs, festivals and a variety of other activities are held there and at their outdoor amphitheater on Mill Creek.
. They are closed Mondays all year, plus closed Tuesdays in January-March. Enjoy some brews and grab a bite at Hillman Beer 78 Catawba Avenue, Suite F where you can sit creekside on their patio.
Old Fort Ride House 59 Commerce Street is also a fun spot for cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts where they serve snacks, espresso, coffee drinks, and beer. Plus, they sell Kitsbow Cycling Apparel.
Catawba Falls is a very scenic hike along the cascading river to a foot waterfall in Pisgah National Forest. The trailhead is just a few miles from downtown Old Fort, and it has received many recent improvements including a couple of footbridges.
The Point Lookout Trail is a unique, paved greenway that follows a former road up the ridge, so it's a constant walk or bike ridge for 3. It takes you through Pisgah National Forest with mountain views along the way.
Other mountain bike trails include Kitsuma Peak and Jarrett's Creek. Woods Mountain Trail is a multi-use trail just north of Marion deated for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrian use. In the Curtis Creek Area, near the campground, is Snook's Nose - great for hiking or mountain biking.
This former forest service road is ideal for beginning hikers, with a trout stream running in and out of the trail. Old Fort Arrowhead Monument: In the center of Old Fort, built in this hand-chiseled granite monument served to honor the peace finally achieved between the pioneer settlers and the Native Americans pic at top of .
At the unveiling, over 6, people attended including chiefs from both the Catawba and Cherokee tribes. These two tribes had never smoked a pipe of peace together until that day.
Its water supply is drawn from the Mill Creek. Enjoy the mighty, misty column of mountain water that shoots straight up, twisting a bit in the wind, always raining down. The park includes picnic tables and stone benches, where you can watch the water show.
Catch a rainbow with early morning or late afternoon sun. Old Fort History Since travelers through these mountains looked for the familiar sight of a tall water plume, a geyser, and a resort hotel tucked away at the base of the Blue Ridge this aled the start of the long climb to Asheville through some of the most scenic terrain in North Carolina. Originally a fort built by the colonial militia before the Declaration of Independence, the settlement served for many years as the western outpost of the early United States.
The fort is now being rebuilt by the non-profit corporation "Davidson's Fort Historic Park. Go to Blue Ridge Traveler's website.
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Includes Pisgah Forest, with hiking, waterfalls, fishing, Lake James and many things to do. See their Blue Ridge Traveler's guide for details. Go to their website.
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