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THE SURROUNDING AREA


1992's The Last of the Mohicans, was filmed at Chimney Rock and the Biltmore Estate, both a short 45 minute drive away from our mountain home. Take a look at this James Fenimore Cooper's American Literary Classic on our DVD ( one of many in our DVD/VHS library) and then take a short day trip to spot the movie scenes.

    
DIRTY DANCING FESTIVAL
Who would have thunk that Hollywood was so close to our mountain home? Just 35 miles away is Lake Lure, where 1987's Dirty Dancing was shot, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Refresh your memory and watch the Dirty Dancing DVD in our large movie collection, then take a day trip to scout out the locations !

Mountain Majesty - North Carolina - Mountain - 15
Lake Lure
is close by........ voted by National Geographic
as one of the top 10
most picturesque man-made lakes in the world

Mountain Majesty - North Carolina - Mountain - 16
CHIMNEY ROCK

Mountain Majesty - North Carolina - Mountain - 6a
Lake James

 

Mountain Majesty - North Carolina - Mountain image
Nearby Asheville, NC


Western North Carolina Attractions


SLIDING ROCK


Pearson Falls in nearby Saluda


ASHEVILLE MICRO BREWERY TOUR


Toms Creek Falls

Closest  to our mountain home

A short - easy hike to it !

 


Pearson Falls in nearby Saluda
Pearson's Falls is a gorgeous 90-foot tall waterfall that cascades down layers of rock.

    

 


LINK TO AREA VIDEOS.....things to do and places to see

 

 

  BREWERY
  Asheville

Awesome Facility, Take the Self-Guided Free Tour
or make reservations for Formal Tour
Great Food and of course Awesome Beers!
(Located near the Asheville Airport)

 

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Navitat Canopy Adventures

    

    

    

    
Ever dreamed of flying like a bird? Here's your chance! Soar through the treetops on sturdy zip lines,traverse sky bridges, and rappel in the mountains only 20 minutes north of Asheville. Navitat Canopy Adventures is located in Moody Cove, a 240-acre wilderness setting containing some of the largest trees in the area, abundant wildlife, and many rare plant species.

 

 


www.HavanaAsheville.com

Havana Restaurant
1 Battle Square- (across from Grove Arcade)
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-1611


 

Train Ride Through the Mountains - about a 2 hour drive from our mountain home.
 
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad: Bryson City, NC

 


A great place in neaby- Marion - good hamburgers & malts
An Old Fashioned Diner - A Fun, Fifties Kind of Place


South Creek Winery


We enjoyed our visit to this little winery, as well as their wine! Not too far from us.

We are a boutique style winery that offers dry white and red wines including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and our signature blend wine, Maestro. 
Our award winning red wines are made Bordeaux style and aged 18 to 24 months in oak barrels.

2240 South Creek Road, Nebo NC 28761
Phone Number:  828-652-5729
WWW.SouthCreekWinery.Com

 

THINGS TO DO

DISCOUNT COUPONS
 to area attractions

Switzerland Cafe
Little Switzerland North Carolina

Marion: Our nearest city, about 10 minutes away, is a wonderful place for all your needs including a 65-bed hospital, Wal-Mart, Lowes and several groceries stores and many nice restaurants. In Marion, "A Friendly and Progressive City", we enjoy a good quality of life, safe streets and neighborhoods, great recreational amenities and ample shopping opportunities. Marion is a great place to live, work, shop and play.  You will enjoy an old-fashioned "small town" downtown historical area.

    

Black Mountain: With its spectacular views, Black Mountain residents have welcomed visitors for over 109 years as they step from the quaint shops, prosperous businesses, and friendly neighborhoods into the great outdoors that serve as the centerpiece for a visual feast that continues to draw so many to this lovely valley. The historic downtown shopping district offers vital service sectors and clean industry.

Asheville: No matter when you decide to visit our magnificent North Carolina mountains, you will find plenty of things to do for the entire family in and around Asheville. Watch the mountains awaken as spring blankets the hillsides with wildflowers. Glorious summer brings warm days for outdoor adventures and cool nights for enjoying the hours after dark. Autumn cloaks the Blue Ridge Mountains with every shade of red, orange and yellow imaginable. Then, enjoy mild winter days in Asheville with easy access to the higher elevations that are dusted in snow. Anytime of the year, you can discover the region's rich cultural heritage in art galleries and artistic performances. Visit one of the area's historic attractions. Explore downtown Asheville's unique restaurants and eclectic shops. Delve into the mountains' endless opportunities for day trips. Experience the real Cold Mountain. Or take a short, yet breathtaking ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Throughout the year, there are events, festivals and attractions to spice up your visit.

Welcome to Virtual Asheville!

Forest City What is now Forest City began as a crossroads on the Shelby-Rutherfordton and Spartanburg-Lincolnton Roads. Originally, the town was incorporated as Burnt Chimney in 1877. A replica near the site of the original chimney adorns the public square today. The "chimney" was the remains of the McArthur home that marked the crossroads. Today, the population of Forest City is 17,450. The town remains the commercial hub, there you will find all the  major food stores, Super Wal-Mart, Lowe’s home improvement center and a small mall anchored by  Belks. The legacy of "community betterment" can still be seen in the pride the town and its residents take in keeping Forest City a beautiful and livable community. The local college,  Isothermal Community College, offers a full array of educational, hobby and adult courses.

Rutherfordton: A quaint little town of just over 4,100 residents and the county seat, is an easy 15 minute drive away. There you have a 150-bed hospital,  plus many antique, specialty shops, outlet stores and restaurants.

This is an outdoorsman's paradise. You are close to five North Carolina lakes (two of which are Lake Lure & Lake James) where you may picnic, swim, fish, boat, canoe, hike and much more. Lake Lure has unique rock formations, quaint little shops, restaurants, motels, and of course Chimney Rock Park with an array of beautiful waterfalls, hiking trails, and majestic mountain views.  There are boat rides, dinner cruises, and several nice water-front restaurants on the lake.  The nearby South Mountain State Park offers trout fishing as well as hiking, camping and horseback riding.

There are several stables in the area. The closest of which is located only 12 miles from the site. Some of these facilities offer a variety of activities from trail rides to lessons and stabling your own horses.

 Within a 45-60 minute drive we have a dozen trout streams, five major lakes, some of the best hiking in the east, on the Daniel Boone Trail over Grandfather Mountain, the Appalachian Trail and Linville Gorge (one of only three Federal Wilderness areas east of the Rocky Mountains.) In some cases you are looking at the land of the South Mountain State Park from your own property. There is excellent snow skiing at Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain and a host of other smaller resorts.

For more information on the Appalachian Trail, visit the National Park Service's official page on The Appalachian National Scenic Trail and The Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Tgolfhere is  plenty of golf in the area. Cleghorn Plantation is a first rate championship 18 hole course which is open the public, Marion Country Club Lake Hickory County Club And Silver Creek Plantation . Fairfield Mountains at lake Lure, offers two premier golf courses Bald Mountain  and Apple Valley.

There are several stables in the area. The closest of which is located only 3 miles from the site. Some of these facilities offer a variety of activities from trail rides to lessons and stabling you own horses. Tryon, just minutes away, has hunt courses and steeplechase events each year in April.

 In a little more than an hours ride we have several trout streams, three major lakes, some of the best hiking in the east, on the Daniel Boone trail over Grandfather Mountain, the Appalachian Trail and Linville Gorge ( one of only three Federal Wilderness areas east of the Rocky Mountains.) There is excellent snow skiing at Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain and a host of other smaller resorts.

Perhaps the best opportunity to do something really awesome is right from our deck........... 
look up and enjoy the stars like you've never seen them before. 
(The darkness of the remote location makes for outstanding star gazing.)  Enjoy !

 

Cade's Cove, Tennessee


 

A wonderful place to see lots of wildlife in a beautiful setting, as well as lots of historical cabins and buildings to see and go into.
About 3.5 hours away from our mountain home, but well-worth it, a bit of a long day trip, but you won't be disappointed.
Take a look at these beautiful photographs by Brian Shults of Cade's Cove
 

The surrounding area is full of things to see and do for the entire family.
For more information about the attractions listed below click on the link to
view their web sites (where applicable), telephone their offices or call the Tourism office.

 

 

Attractions 

The South Mountains State Park (Just minutes from The Mountain Majesty)

DuPont State Forest

*Biltmore Estate, Asheville 
*Cradle of Forestry, Brevard 
*Connemara, Home of Carl Sandburg 
*The Blue Ridge Parkway 
*Great Smoky Mountains National Park
*Chimney Rock Park 
*Brevard Music Center
*Flat Rock Playhouse
*Hendersonville & Historic Flat Rock
*Thermal City Gold Mine                                    

Mountain Adventure Guides www.mtnadventureguides.com

Lake Lure Tours , Marina , Beach and Fun Center  

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail - Eastern Rutherford County   Six mile hiking/biking trail which extends from downtown Spindale north to Gilkey area is open for non-motorized access. Groomed crushed rock surface. Trail can be accessed from downtown Spindale or at parking lot across from Tanner Factory Store where a multi-station exercise course is planned. Accommodations and restaurants are nearby. Free maps and information are  available.800-849-5998

YMCA of Western NC - Visiting members of the Y will enjoy the indoor pool, indoor basketball & handball courts, and workout room.  Located off Sugar Hill Road in Marion.  For more information call 828-652-9622

Public Golf Courses

Rutherfordton Golf Club, Rutherfordton. 828-287-3406

Meadowbrook Golf Course, www.meadowbrookgolfclub.com
(828) 863-2690.  6400 yard, 18 hole course. Practice range and putting green. Golf shop and snack bar.

Cleghorn Plantation, Rutherfordton (828) 286-9117   www.cleghorngolfclub.com

Blue Ridge Country Club - Semi-private country club features championship 18 hole, par 72, bent grass golf course designed by Clifton, Ezell and Clifton.  Voted Golf Digest’s Places to Play 1998-99.  Romantic inn has 13 oversized rooms with fireplaces. Restaurant, pub and pro shop. Dramatic, natural environment on US 221 North of Marion 828-756-4013.

Marion Lake Club - Marion Country Club, Semi-private facility located on the shores of scenic Lake James overlooking Linville Gorge.  Par 70, 18 hole course.  Club house and pro shop.  Located on NC 126 East of Marion.  828-652-6232

Old Fort Golf Course - Public, 9 hole, Par 72 course.  Western North Carolina’s highest rated 9 hole course.  Tee times and carts not required.  From I-40, exit 73 and turn south on Bat Cave RoadLeft onto Old Fort-Sugar Hill Road and left onto Golf Course Road.  828-668-4256.

Bald Mountain 

Apple Valley

Forest City Municipal Golf Course

Silver Creek Plantation 

Lake Hickory Country Club

Links of Tryon

Putt Putt Golf & Games - Forest City  Miniature golf, video games 828-245-0466

Sherwood Forest - Brevard, NC
Play the challenging executive, par 3 course with top Penncross bent grass greens. Fish and canoe on our 5 lakes, hike miles of trails, swim in our junior Olympic heated pool, play on our regulation tennis courts or just relax on our 1,000 acre resort. Call 828-884-7825. Golf Packages available.

Red Fox Country Club, Hunting Country Rd., Tryon (828) 894-8251
18 hole course, semi-private, clubhouse and pro shop

Quaker Meadows Golf Club, Morganton  828-437-2677

Waterfalls Tours and Hikes


With over 250 majestic waterfalls right here among the Blue Ridges, this is truly the Land of Waterfalls! Let us show you some of our greatest treasures all within an hour of Asheville/Hendersonville and accessible by short and easy hikes, for the whole family, age 5 and up with average fitness!. All you need is walking shoes and a camera! Join us for a lifetime of memories! 800-684-1101


Catawba and Upper Catawba Falls

Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon..... Mount Pisgah Balloons
1410 Pisgah Highway, Chandler, NC 828-667-9943

Mountain View Guide Service -Guided trips for hunting & fishing 828-245-1532

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in America Visitors' Center - Alexander Mills

Site of future theatre, currently home to outdoor plays and festivities 828-248-1000

Washburn General Store - Bostic Old fashioned country/general store 828-245-4129

Chimney Rock Park - Chimney Rock Scenic attraction 800-277-9611

Edie's Good Things - Chimney Rock Fine Crafts Hand Made in the western Carolina mountains. Baskets, Clay, Glass, Metal, Wood & More. 828-625-0111

Bubba's Batting Cages - Forest City Recreational Center 828-286-4487

Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County - Forest City Extensive genealogical library 828-248-4010

Glassical Heirlooms - Forest City Largest collection of stained glass, gifts, & angels. 828-248-9870

Maimy Etta Black Fine Arts Center - Forest City Cultural and historic exhibits 828-248-1525

Rutherford County Farm Museum - Forest City Antique farm and home equipment on display 828-248-1248

Bottomless Pools - Lake Lure Scenic attraction 828-625-4275

Broad River Gems and Mining - Lake Lure Gifts, Jewelry, Minerals, Museum and On-Site Gem Mining 828-286-1220

Family Fun Collectibles - Lake Lure Collectible toys 828-625-5555

Lake Lure Tours - Lake Lure Guided boat tours 828-625-0077

Pumpkin Center - Lake Lure Pumpkin farm, open September & October 828-286-9438

Green River Plantation - Rutherfordton Antibellum plantation, tours by appointment, weddings 828-287-0983

Kid Senses - Rutherfordton Interactive children's museum and hands-on learning center. 828-286-2120

River Creek Campground - Rutherfordton Tubing and canoeing on the Broad River and Green River. 866-287-3915

Tanner Fine Ladies Wear Factory & Outlet - Rutherfordton Outlet shopping 828-287-3637

Thermal City Gold Mine - Rutherfordton On-site mining 828-286-3016

Rutherford County Farmers' Market - Spindale Open Tuesday & Friday 7 a.m.-12 Noon from May 31st to November 1st. Fresh local produce. 828-287-6080

Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority
1990 US Hwy. 221 South
Forest City, NC 28043
Phone:  800-849-5998 or 828-245-1492

Hiking

For more information on trails, log onto http://www.nps.gov/

Mountain Adventure Guides www.mtnadventureguides.com Family whitewater rafting on the French Broad and Nolichucky River.                          Mild to wild – no experience required. Summer Adventure Camp, guided rock climbing, backpacking and group adventure programs, near Asheville, NC.
(866) 813-5210
www.mtnadventureguides.com

Armstrong Creek - 3640 Ft./6 mile trail.  Primitive hiking on Armstrong Fish Hatchery Rd.  Trail begins past hatchery parking lot.  Easy -moderate.

Bad Fork
-  2940 Ft. /8 Miles.  Primitive trail connects Woods Mountain & Armstrong Creek Trails.  NC 226-A to Armstrong Fish Hatchery Rd.  3 miles to trail head on left.  Moderate

Betsy
Ridge
- 3160 Ft./9 Mile Trail.  Black Mountains view, meets Little Buck Creek Trail ending at Woods Mountain Trail.  US 221 North, left on Tom’s Creek Road.  Right onto first dirt road, head is second road on left.  Easy -Moderate

Newberry Creek
-  4300 Ft/5 Miles.  Scenic trail ends at Blue Ridge Parkway.  Take US 70 West to Curtis Creek turning right.  Left at Newberry Creek Road (FS 482-A).  Go 4 miles to end & trail head begins at end of road.  Easy -moderate.

Linville Gorge
- 3400 Ft.  Eastern America’s most scenic and rugged gorge.  Take US 221/226 North to Linville Falls Community turning right onto NC 183.  Travel to Wiseman’s View Road, turn right to U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center.  Multiple, strenuous trails.  Trail maps available at visitor center.

FOOTHILLS EQUESTRIAN NATURE CENTER -Hunting Country Road, Tryon. Hiking and horseback riding trails, bird walks, nature center, pond with boardwalk and picnic area. 320 acre nature preserve. Equestrian events, concerts and more throughout the year. Free and open to the public. Lodge available for private gatherings. Reservations and rental fee for lodge. 828-859-9021 

GREEN RIVER COVE-Saluda.  Two public access areas for fishing, swimming, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and hiking. Map of hiking trails available at Polk County Visitor's Center. 800-440-7848

BRADLEY FALLS, HOLBERT COVE Saluda. Hiking trails, rushing river, spectacular waterfalls and gorge. Trails are rustic, proper attire recommended. Some trails and especially the rocks near the falls can be dangerous, use caution and do not climb on the rocks or too near the falls. Parking area on the right, 3.2 miles from brick columns at Heaven's View Motel in Saluda, exit 28 off I-26. Holbert's Cove Road.

 

Whitewater Rafting & Tubing

Mountain Adventure Guides www.mtnadventureguides.com Family whitewater rafting on the French Broad and Nolichucky River.                          Mild to wild – no experience required. Summer Adventure Camp, guided rock climbing, backpacking and group adventure programs, near Asheville, NC.
(866) 813-5210
www.mtnadventureguides.com

Wildwater Rafting - Lake Lure Provides transportation to whitewater rafting 828-625-9111, ext. 7238

Green River Cove, Saluda.  Two public access areas for fishing, swimming, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and hiking. Map of hiking trails available at Polk County Visitor's Center. 800-440-7848

Silver Creek Campground and Tubing, Silver Creel Rd., Mill Spring
Camping, tube, canoe, fun-yak, and raft rentals. 1-800-510-1603 or 828-894-2331

Nantahala Outdoor Center, Asheville 1-800-232-7238 for reservations. http://www.nocweb.com/

LOAFERS GLORY RAFTING & TUBING.........
Our favorite tubing place, great way to relax and cool off. 
1-866-WEFLOAT  WWW.NCRAFTING.COM

  

Horseback Riding

Cedar Creek Stables - Lake Lure Horseback riding, gem mining, stocked fishing lake 828-625-2811

Double J Stables - Lake Lure Horseback riding 828-625-2683

Public Riding Trails - Horseback riding is permitted in many areas within the Pisgah National Forest Lands.  A few popular undesignated areas in the Grandfather district include the Curtis Creek Recreational Area off US 70 near Old Fort, the Woodlawn Work Center on US 221 North, the Yellow Mountain Road near Altapass and the Kistler Memorial Highway near Linville Gorge Wilderness Area.  Two designated areas in the Toecane District include the Buncombe Horse Range Trail, a challenging trail for advanced riders near the Black Mountain Campground and Victor Fields off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland.  Call the US Forest Service for more information.  828-652-2144.

A-Patchy Stables
- Trail rides, lessons, barrel racing, team roping.  Overnight camping and grill facilities available.  Located off NC 226 South of Marion.  828-652-7977 http://www.horserentals.com/

Springmaid
Mountain
- Scheduled rides led by an experienced. Guide.  Children under 9 years of age must be accompanied by parent/guardian.  Located in Altapass near Little Switzerland.  828-765-2353 http://www.leroysprings.com/SpringmaidMountain.html

Tryon Riding and Hunt Club

Polk County equestrian businesses and services
 

FOOTHILLS EQUESTRIAN NATURE CENTER (FENCE)  Hunting Country Road, Tryon. Hiking and horseback riding trails, bird walks, nature center, pond with boardwalk and picnic area. 320 acre nature preserve. Equestrian events, concerts and more throughout the year. Free and open to the public. Lodge available for private gatherings. Reservations and rental fee for lodge.  828-859-9021

Pisgah Forest Stables, Pisgah Forest    828-883-8258

Green River Cove Riding Program, Tuxedo, NC    828-692-5706

Fishing

Lake James State Park -At the base of Linville Gorge you will find a 6,812 acre lake with more than 150 miles of shoreline. Scenic vistas of the Appalachian Mountains with 565 wooded acres for picnicking, swimming, canoeing, camping and hiking. Boat Access -Black Bear Boat Access Area, Linville Access Area, and Hidden Cove Access Area.  828-652-5047.
http://www.ncparks.com

Fishing On Lake James - All Wildlife Resources commission regulations apply. A fishing license is required.   Cool, deep waters and warm surface waters provide a variety of sport fishing.  Large Mouth & Small Mouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass, Bluegill, Robin, Catfish, Muskellunge, Bream, Sunfish, Perch, Crappie, and Channel Catfish.
 

Public Trout Streams - (stocked waters)

Little Buck Creek (game lands portion) 4 miles with tight creek well stocked.

North Fork Catawba River
(headwaters - go to North Cove School at S.R. 1569)11 miles very well stocked with easy access near headwaters, nice holdovers in lower sections.

Armstrong Creek (Cato Holler lower line downstream to Greenlee upper line) 2 miles with large holes.

 Mill Creek (upper railroad bridge to US 70 bridge ) 6 miles.  Fished heavily due to easy access, lower section near US 70 is posted.

Public Trout Streams - (delayed harvest)

Curtis Creek - 5  miles with easy access.  Also, nice holes for swimming.

Public Trout Streams - (Catch and Release Artificial Lures Only Waters -Season is year round.  Fish may  not be harvested or possessed.  Lure restrictions are artificial lures with one single hook only.
)

Newberry Creek
(game lands portion) 3 miles and has been stocked for years with Brook Trout only with many still there.

Wild Trout Waters
- No closed season.  Daily creek limit is 4 with minimum size of 7”.  Lures are restricted to artificial lures with one single hook only.

Mackey Creek
(game lands section) Very light fishing pressure.

Buck
Creek
(game land section)  200  yards along NC 80 also light fishing pressure.

Curtis
Creek
(including tributaries -game land section)  Heavily fished along campsites.

Armstrong Creek
(including tributaries -game land section is above hatchery property) Can access via U.S. Forest Service trail 223.  Large numbers of fish.

Catawba River
(head waters are on game lands)  Above the water falls are some nice Brook Trout, stream is tight but fishable.  Public access is through the Catawba Falls Preserve off I-40 - Follow signs. River is stocked from Catawba Falls Campground through Old Fort picnic area.

Trout Ponds & Farms:

Buck Creek Trout Farm - 2525 Buck Creek Road (NC 80)

Elliott’s Trout Pond - Buck Creek Rd. (NC 80) South of Mountain Stream RV Park

Harris Creek Trout Pond - On Huskins Branch Road, off US 221 North

Also, visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commision for state guidelines.

Green River Game Lands, Henderson and Polk Counties, 800-440-7848

Transylvania County Agriculture Center, (trout fishing farms) 828-884-3109

Pisgah National Forest Game Lands

Lake Lure, Rutherford county

U.S. Forest Service Wilderness Areas, Asheville, NC 828-258-2850 ext. 601

Fishing Licenses are available.

 

The South Mountains State Park

PARKS

HARMON FIELD Harmon Field Road, Tryon. Covered picnic area, playground, tennis courts, track, baseball field, horse shoe area, Pacolet River frontage.  Open to the public.  Log cabin and covered picnic area available in park. Reservations are recommended for picnic area and required for log cabin as well as a fee for cabin rental.
 828-859-6655

PEARSON'S FALLS Pearson's Falls Rd., off of Pacolet River Scenic Byway, Highway 176.  Easy well maintained hiking trails, picnic areas, bird watching, wildflowers, a rushing river and a 90 ft. waterfall.  Closed Mondays year round and Monday-Tuesday (Nov.1st - March 1st)  Admission fee.
828-749-3031

WOODLAND PARK Chestnut Street, Tryon.  Rustic natural trails for short hikes, benches and a meandering stream. 

STEARNS PARK Highway 108, Columbus. Picnic area, walking track, basketball court, gazebo. Located across from the historic Polk County Courthouse.

GIBSON PARK Park Street, Columbus. Public swimming pool, open seasonally and picnic area.  Fee for pool use.

828-894-8199

McCREERY PARK Downtown Saluda.  Covered picnic area, swings, see-saws, playground and tennis courts.

LAKE ADGER Silver Creek Road, off of Hwy. 9, Mill Spring.  Public boat ramp, fishing, boating and swimming.  Fee charged.  Personal boat needed to access lake. 

GREEN RIVER COVE  Saluda.  Two public access areas for fishing, swimming, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and hiking. Saluda, I-26  exit #28. Turn away from Saluda and take the first left on to Green River Cove Road. Access areas are well marked. Map of hiking trails available at Polk County Visitor's Center. For tube and kayak rentals see Outdoor and Camping pages on this web site. 800-440-7848

BRADLEY FALLS, HOLBERT COVE  Saluda. Hiking trails, rushing river, spectacular waterfalls and gorge. There are many miles of trails which are unmarked but easily visible. Use caution when hiking near the falls and stay off of wet rocks which can be very slippery and dangerous. Saluda, exit 28 off I-26. Turn away from Saluda on to Holbert's Cove Road. Parking area on the right, 3.2 miles from brick columns at Heaven's View Motel. Trails are across the road. 

RODGERS PARK, TRYON  200 seat amphitheater and reception and gathering area. Small creek and short trails meander through the park. Rock walls and beautiful landscaping. Local events and performances.  Can reserve for private functions. Tryon Town Hall.  828-859-6655

Theaters

Hollywood

Fine Arts

Biltmore Square

Beaucatcher

Four Seasons

Carmike

Skyland Arts Cinema

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company

Marquee Cinemas--Mimosa Cinemas Near by Morganton

Foothills Community Theater 

Several community theater productions offered throughout the year. Call ahead for production information and schedules. 828-652-8610

McDowell Twin Cinemas  First release, twin-screen movie theater. Call ahead for features and show schedules. 828-652-8368

Biking

Blue Ridge Parkway A designated bike route, the Blue Ridge Parkway provides challenging climbs, thrilling downhill plunges, gentle rides at various points, and breath-taking scenery. The speed limit for motorists is 45 mph and most should be aware that bicycles often share the road.
 

The Craggy Pinnacle Segment follows the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville past Buck Creek Gap at NC 80 to Little Switzerland. Features include a 30-mile climb, gaining 3,000 feet in altitude, a 14-mile downhill ride, and an additional 4-mile climb.

Mountains to Sea Trail There are two segments of the 700-mile Mountains to Sea cycling route in McDowell County:

The Brown Mountain Lights Segment continues on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Linville Falls at the northern tip of McDowell County and on to the foothills via NC 181. The route includes several gentle descents, easy climbs, and a quick 15-mile downhill ride.

Lake Tahoma Road. Sometimes called Buck Creek Road, Lake Tahoma Road (NC 80) was included in the Tour DuPont in 1994 and again in 1995. The highway was recently designated as a bike route, but cyclists should still be cautious. Lake Tahoma Road is a tough, steep climb heading north to the Parkway, but return trip is a rapid descent down toward Marion

Lake James Road Lake James Road (NC 126) is a designated bike route circling scenic Lake James. Portions are infrequently traveled by motorists. Lake James offers 150 miles of perimeter road and takes the rider through wooded areas with occasional views of the lake.

Tour DuPont Route In 1994, competitors entered McDowell County on NC 226 from the Blue Ridge Parkway and continued onto NC 226A to Little Switzerland and south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Riders descended NC 80 to US 70 and traveled west to the town of Old Fort, then south on Bat Cave Road. In 1995, the route was reversed. Portions of this route are heavily traveled by motorists.

Cyclists unfamiliar with local routes should drive these roads by vehicle to identify potential hazards and areas of interest or concern. Always wear a helmet and obey traffic laws. For mountain biking information, contact the US Forest Service at 828-652-2144, or our local bike shop at 828-652-5358.

Linville Caverns
Linville Caverns
 

Other local stuff to see

Grandfather Mountain Just north of McDowell County is the entrance to the tallest mountain in the Blue Ridge chain and the only privately-owned International Biosphere Reserve designated by the United Nations. Mile-High Swinging Bridge, spectacular hiking trails, natural habitat wildlife exhibits, and Nature Museum. More than 47 rare and endangered plant and animal species thrive there, 11 of global significance. Located on US 221, two miles north of Linville. 800-468-7325

Historic Ledbetter House Built in 1826, the two story, gable sided house of post and beam construction remains one of McDowell County's few intact dwellings from the early 1800s. Recently restored and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house features hand painted walls and doors, and a rare antique quilt collection. Tours of the home are offered every Saturday by appointment only. Call for further information. Located in the community of Montford Cove, between Marion and Lake Lure. 828-738-9798

Lake James State Park The 565-acre park offers picnicking, swimming, canoe rentals, and hiking along picturesque Lake James. Ranger office, concession stand, bathrooms. Located on NC 126 east of Marion. 828-652-5047

Linville Caverns "See inside a mountain" at the only caverns in the Carolinas open to the public. Natural limestone caverns feature spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations, underground stream, and cave wildlife such as bats, blind crayfish, cave crickets, and large trout. Enjoy a creekside picnic in their beautiful glade or shop for crafts, gifts, and souvenirs in their gift shop. 800-419-0540 or 828-756-4171

Linville Gorge Wilderness Area "Grand Canyon of the East." Steep walls of Gorge, as high as 3400 feet, enclose Linville River for 12 miles. Primitive recreation includes strenuous hiking, back packing, rock climbing, and fishing for native trout. Due to wild and isolated topography, Gorge shelters stretches of virgin forest, rare and endangered plant species, and an assortment of wild game and non-game species. Located in Pisgah National Forest, alongside Kistler Memorial Highway (NC 1238), near Linville Falls. 828-652-2144

The Orchard at Altapass Century-old working apple orchard on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Old-time heritage apples, Monarch butterflies, apple butter, clogging, bluegrass bands, crafts, fine mountain cooking, apple and pumpkin fudge, Revolutionary War reenactments, storytelling, hayrides, and more. Picnic tables, snack bar, and gift shop. Open mid-May through October. Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 328.3. 888-765-9531 or 828-765-9531

Shops

Colonial Braided Rug Company, Inc.
Wonderful braided rugs in all sizes and colors,
A local factory / shop - all in one!
Very interesting to see how they are made.

www.Braided.com

A Warp in Time Fine hand-woven fabrics. Custom spinning, weaving, and natural dyeing. Offering classes and workshops. Open by appointment. Greenlee Road, Old Fort. 828-668-4885

Buck Creek Bowls Woodturning shop featuring wood bowls and decorative vessels at wholesale prices. Open daily 9-5, June-mid Sep. 2467 Buck Creek Road (NC 80), Marion. 828-724-9047 or -9048

Creative Framing & Awards Gallery Limited edition prints, paintings, custom framing. Open Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30; Sat, 9:30-3. Main Street, downtown Marion. 828-652-6216

Don Balke Wildlife Gallery Original paintings, limited editions, decorator prints. Open Wed-Fri, 10-5; Sat, 10-4; Sun, 1-4, or by appointment. 1374 Vein Mountain Road, south of Marion. 828-652-2703

Garrou Pottery Hand-thrown pottery in many colorful glazes. Call ahead for hours. East Mackey Creek Road (5th house on right), off US 70 West, 6 miles from Marion. 828-724-4037

Gems For You Elegant handmade jewelry designed and created in wire sculpture by Anita Shadow Lawson. Open April through December. Call ahead for hours. 456 McKinney Mine Road, Little Switzerland. 1-888-390-GEMS

Hearthside Handmades Eclectic shop of Blue Ridge crafts. Open May-Oct. Adjacent to Switzerland Inn, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 334, Little Switzerland. 828-765-7982

Just Wood Custom Millwork Architectural Woodworking. Furniture, cabinetry, architectural elements, custom finishing. Call ahead. 2275 Buck Creek Road, Marion. 828-724-9873

Max Woody Chair Shop Woodworking workshop. Handmade chairs, benches, stools, tables, hutches, buffets, corner cabinets, dry sinks, dry bars, entertainment centers. Mon-Sat, 7-5. US 70 West, Pleasant Gardens. 828-724-4158

Pine Crossings Country regional antiques, pottery, Victorian silver, country store items, tools, baskets, glassware, quilts, and unique gifts. Visit their early 1900s Country Store and Traditional Crafts Gallery. Open April through November, Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-5:00. Located on NC 226 between Little Switzerland and Spruce Pine, one-third of a mile north of the Blue Ridge Parkway. 828-765-8400
E-mail:
pinexing@cablevision-online.net

Pottery Garden Working pottery and painting studio surrounded by plants, vintage needlework, photography, jewelry, primitives, and more. May-Oct, Mon-Fri, 10-5. Located in village of Little Switzerland. 828-765-6666

Trillium Gallery Exquisite regional art including distinctive pottery, baskets, glass works and handmade jewelry. Open May-Oct, Mon-Sun, 9-5. Adjacent to Switzerland Inn, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 334, Little Switzerland. 828-765-0024



Gold Mining

Emerald Village Outdoor gemstone mine and indoor heated flume. Mine tours, displays of authentic mining equipment, and heritage exhibits. On-site gem cutting, polishing, and jewelry making services. Indoor and outdoor picnic facilities. McKinney Mine Road, Little Switzerland. Open year round, weather permitting. 828-765-6463

 Gem Mountain Prospect for gems rain or shine under covered flumes. Have stones inspected and identified, cut and set by experienced gem cutters. Restaurant and picnic facilities, gift and souvenir shop. Free admission to the Sands of Time museum. Hwy. 226, Spruce Pine. Open daily, March - December. 888-817-5829 or 828-765-6130.

Heather Grove Mine Newest of area's gold and gem panning facilities. Sluicing, dredging, and high banking. Family-oriented center open year round with heated facilities, camping and cabin rentals. Polly Spout Road, south of Marion off US 221. 828-738-3573

Linville Mountain Gem Shop Professional stone cutters shape and set native gem stones into fine, hand made jewelry. Lapidary machines and lessons. Gold smithing and repair. Gem panning available on-site. Open year round. Located on NC 221 in North Cove, one mile south of Linville Caverns. 828-756-7206

The Lucky Strike Gold & gemstone mine on Second Broad River, open year round. Campsites with hookups, Miner's Diner, restrooms and shower facilities. No admission charge. Buckets of ore start at $5.00, all day creek panning is $5.00. Polly Spout Road, south of Marion off US 221. 828-738-4893

Thermal City Gold Mine Home of annual Miner's Meet. Riverside camping, hot showers, panning, dredging, sluicing, detecting, and gem mining. Prospecting equipment available for sale. Located on US 221, south of Marion on McDowell/Rutherford County line. 828-286-3016 or 828-287-2545


Out Door Stuff
 

CLINE'S NURSERY

         890 EAST ZION CHURCH ROAD
       
SHELBY NC, 28150
           Phone: (910) 494-2118

We love this nursery and the people who run it, specially David, really knowledgeable and helpful.

We've used them for the landscaping at The Mountain Majesty, and even took home to Florida some beautiful hybrid lilies, we are the envy of the neighborhood!

Their Chinese Maples are amazing! ............Worth a look when in nearby Shelby.

Thirty-five years after leaving the family farm, John Cline Jr. is back to make the once-flourishing property successful again.

"My dad pretty much told me I had to leave the farm," he said." He said, ,I don't see much future in farming.'"

After his father died, Cline came back to revitalize the homeplace. "My dad would be shocked to think that I am now a fifth-generation farmer," Cline said.

Cline's ancestors started the farm in 1857 and Cline said he wants to pass it on to his two sons, who have also said they want to keep it.

The house was built in 1925 and the property also includes a granary, which is being used in the nursery operation, along with a barn and corncrib that were renovated with old wood and windows that were recovered and reused on the property. A two-room schoolhouse from 1898 was torn down and the building materials were recovered in the process, Cline said.

"We took the wood and recycled it to see if we could get another hundred years out of it," he said." We've tried to take everything back to kind of how it was in the '20s and wanted to keep it as original as possible and add a little newness to it."

Because there wasn't enough land to run a full-fledged farm on the 2-acre spread, Cline decided to turn the place into a nursery that now specializes in Japanese maples. At least 32 different cultivars, from tall to short, broad- to lacy-leafed and colors that go from green to bronze-brown, grow at the nursery.

         
 

Maple Leaf Sports Complex - includes bowling lanes, miniature golf, batting cages and snack bar.  Scheduled baseball and softball tournaments throughout the year.  Located in Marion off North Main Street on Finley Road adjacent to Ivans Restaurant.  Call 828-652-2626

Orchard at Altapass Century-old apple orchard featuring heritage varieties and numerous apple products. Because of its location along the migration route of the Monarch butterfly, recent additions include a butterfly garden, wildflower walk and wetlands garden. Scheduled activities include guided hikes, talks featuring local historians and hayrides through the orchard. Picnic tables, snack bar, gift shop. Mid-May through October. Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 328.3. 888-765-9531 or 828-765-9531

Painters Greenhouse Grow and sell foliage plants, perennials, herbs, etc. Also available are concrete planters and statuary, stepping stones and some whimsical garden implements. Located on Roy Moore Road in Old Fort. 828-668-7225

Springmaid Mountain Guided horseback riding only. Minimum age for riders is nine. Lead rides available for younger children. Guests may bring horses, pasture available. Accommodations include cabins, lodge, and camping facilities. Other activities include fishing, rafting, tubing, and hiking. Located in Altapass near Little Switzerland. 828-765-2353

Starrcrest Farms Raising, training, showing, breeding national quality Arabian horses. Show horses and family pleasure horses for sale. NC 226, Nebo. 828-652-8183

Webb's Daylily Gardens Field grown daylilies, many are award-winning varieties. Open April through October (peak bloom June and July), Monday through Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm. Located on Lucky Street off old US 10, Marion, one mile from the US 221 Visitor Center. 828-652-3636

We-Du Nursery Mail order nursery for native plants as well as rare and unusual plants. Open Fridays and Saturdays in April, May, September, and October from 9:00am-5:00pm. Other times by appointment. Located on Polly Spout Road off US 221 South, Marion. 828-738-8300
 

Antiquity

Affordable Treasures Antiques, collectibles, country crafts and furniture, gifts, quilts, and dolls. Open Monday-Friday from 10:00-5:00, and Saturday from 10:00-3:00. Located on North Main Street in Lady Marian Plaza (next to NCDMV tag office), Marion. 828-652-7768

Hensley's Used Furniture & Antiques Located on East Court Street, Marion. 828-652-4933

Homestead Antiques Antique furniture, gifts, pottery, flower designs, soaps and candles. Located on East Main Street beside the Old Fort mini-park. 828-668-4264 or 800-242-0135

Main Street Marketplace Antiques and collectibles. Open Monday-Saturday, 10:00-5:00. Downtown Marion. 828-652-2649

Maple Lane Antiques Antiques and collectibles, specializing in glassware, primitives. Spring, Summer and Fall, Monday-Saturday. US 221, just north of Marion. 828-756-2297

Marion Auction Company Antique, collectible, estate item, and personal property auctions held two Saturdays a month at 6:00pm. 127 South Main Street, Downtown Marion. 828-659-7355
E-mail:
grumpy@wnclink.com

Mountain Magic Collectibles Antique and gift items featuring old kitchen furniture from the 20's-50's, quilts, baskets, Edsel Martin birds, glass, pottery. Main Street, Old Fort. 828-668-7785

Pine Crossings Country regional antiques, pottery, Victorian silver, country store items, tools, baskets, glassware, quilts, and unique gifts. Visit their early 1900s Country Store and Traditional Crafts Gallery. Open April through November, Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-5:00. Located on NC 226 between Little Switzerland and Spruce Pine, one-third of a mile north of the Blue Ridge Parkway. 828-765-8400
E-mail:
pinexing@cablevision-online.net


Ramblin' Room Antiques, vintage items, collectibles, and new gifts. Located in the West Marion Shopping Village, less than one mile north of I-40 (exit 81) just off of Sugar Hill Road. 828-659-1968

Sheehan's Auction Service Antique and collectible auction house. Catawba Avenue, Old Fort. 828-668-9346

Yellow Rose Antique Mall Located on US 221 North (Business) in Marion, below Johnny's Trade Lot. Open Monday, Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00-5:00 (Tuesdays by chance), and Sundays from 1:00-5:00. 828-691-1819

 

Specialty Shops

 

Don Balke Wildlife Gallery

         

         

Amazing wildlife art in original, limited edition and decorative prints by local artist Don Balke.  So close to our mountain cabin, you won't have far to carry your newly acquired  treasures !
1324 Vein Mountain Road, Nebo, NC 28761. phone 828-652-2703, email balkeart@verizon.net

 

Affordable Treasures Antiques, collectibles, country crafts and furniture, gifts, quilts, and dolls. Open Monday-Friday from 10:00-5:00, and Saturday from 10:00-3:00. Located on North Main Street in Lady Marian Plaza (next to NCDMV tag office), Marion. 828-652-7768

The Busy B's Upper-end gift items, home accessories. Ladies' boutique. May-Oct, Mon-Sun, 9-5. Adjacent to Switzerland Inn, Little Switzerland. 828-765-5411

DJ Michaels Potpourri, candles, bath & body, etc. Year round, Mon-Wed & Sat, 10-6; Thur & Fri, 10-8. Wal-Mart Plaza, US 70, Marion. 828-659-7443

Emerald Village Gems, minerals, rock specimens, souvenirs. McKinney Mine Road, Little Switzerland. 828-765-6463

Fuller's Action Cycles Mountain and road bicycle sales and service, accessories, repair, and clothing. M-F: 8-5:30, Sat, 8-3. 117 Railroad Street. Downtown Marion. 828-652-5358.
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The Gem Shoppe Custom stone cutters, jewelry craftsmen. Large inventory of 14K gold jewelry and mineral specimens. May-Oct, 9:30-5. Adjacent to the Switzerland Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 828-765-0134

Grassy Mountain Book Shop Used, scarce and out-of-print books. Will locate books. Daily, May-Oct, 10-5. Downtown Little Switzerland. 828-765-9070

Linville Caverns Gems, minerals, rock specimens, locally made pottery, toys, mountain crafts, souvenirs. US 221 North, North Cove. 828-756-4171

Linville Mountain Gem Shop Professional stone cutters shape and set native gem stones into fine, hand made jewelry. Lapidary machines and lessons. Gold smithing and repair. US 221, North Cove, one mile south of Linville Caverns. 828-756-7206

The Orchard at Altapass Apple products, fudge, jams and jellies, locally made crafts, books, and clothing items. Late May-early Nov. Milepost 328 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 828-765-9531

Sante Fe Trading Co. Designer of fine southwestern arts, crafts and jewelry. South of the Blue Ridge Parkway on NC 226. 828-765-5859 or 800-811-2521

Beech Mountain Ski Resort - A Short Drive Away From Our Mountain Home
     Even when we don't have snow at The Mountain Majesty,
     you can always go find snow at
      Beech Mountain and even closer to us - Sugar Mountain

SNOW SKIING
SKIERS OF ALL LEVEL CAN ENJOY THE WINTER IN NORTH CAROLINA

NATURAL HOT SPRINGS
 
Visit Hot Springs, North Carolina
 
Hot Springs Resort & Spa
 
Visit Hot Springs, North Carolina
 
 Driving Directions  From 1-40, coming from the East .....As you approach Asheville, take exit 53B onto 1-240 west. Go 5-6 miles on 1-240. Take exit 4A onto Highway 19/23 North toward Weaverville. Go 8-10 miles until you see a sign that says Hot Springs 2nd right. Under the underpass exit right onto Highway 25/70 going north toward Marshall. Follow Highway 25/70 north about 30 miles to Hot Springs.


Why Wait? Play Outside with Us Today!

Great day trip, not too far from Asheville, $8.00 parking fee, no entrance fee - so inexpensive outing for the family.  
Loved the Bonsai exhibit...... gorgeous. 
Nice gardens and trails, beautiful setting, an enjoyable natural experience.



    

    

    

    

    

    

    

 

 

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