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Big Cities

Big cities with plenty of action and things to do.

Outdoor Adventure

Bike riding trails, horse trails, ATV trails we have it all

Our Heritage

Visit our heritage sites, there is always something going on.

Natural Wonders

From the sea to the mountains, our natural wonders abound.

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Bike Trails

Enjoy our bike trails. Catawba Falls Campground is a great home base.

Special Events

3.2% of visitors came for Special events and festivals

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Visiting relatives and Family Reunion accounted for 25.5% of visitors.


McDowell County

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Nestled in the foothills of Western North Carolina is McDowell County, where Interstate 40, NC 221 and NC 226 and the Blue Ridge Parkway converge, bringing travelers from all directions to the Blue Ridge Foothills. Here, visitors longing for that "getaway to the mountains" vacation can find what they're longing for, whatever that may be.

Mother Nature chose to store many of her treasures here. She's left one of America's most scenic gorges and a waterfall to go with it. She's left caverns with strange and wonderful formations deep in a mountain. She's left ancient mountains and fast-running streams full of trout. The great Pisgah National Forest, abounding with hiking trails, covers 68,000 acres. In McDowell County, wildlife abounds, wildflowers flourish, and nature holds court.

Two lakes are to be found here. Lake Tahoma is a privately owned lake, and Lake James. The Eastern Continental Divide runs along McDowell's border; here water begins its journey to the Atlantic Ocean. The rivers and streams run clear and clean with 60 miles of trout streams available to the public. Outdoor activities abound in McDowell County: fishing, sailing, boating, hiking, camping, tennis, and golf.

Step back in time in McDowell's museums where the heritage of the early pioneers and Indians comes alive. McDowell County is known for the quality and quantity of its arts and crafts. Shops and studios await the discovery of crafts ranging from wood-works and pottery to quilts and woven treasures, all created by hand. Much can be discovered also throughout the year at special days set aside to celebrate the heritage of the region and of days gone by.

There isn't an "off season" in McDowell County. Nature's treasures can be found anytime. Winter brings the skiers; Spring the wildflowers, dogwoods, azaleas, rhododendron, and magnolias; summer brings sun and active land and water sports, and of course, fall brings brilliant colors and crisp, clear air.



Campgrounds and Cottages

Cottages within the area.



Catawba Falls Campground Old Fort, 828-668-4831 WiFi available
Skyisland Retreat and Campground
Lucky Strike Gold Mine
Armstrong Creek RV Park
Riverbreeze Campground & RV
Thermal City Gold Mine and Campground 
Mountain Stream RV Park
Buck Creek Campground




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