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|
|Springmaid Mountain, Spruce Pine 828-297-0725|
|Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, Marion 828-652-7208|
|Lucky Strike Gold Mine|
|Armstrong Creek RV Park|
|Thermal City Gold Mine and Campground Send Email|
|Mountain Stream RV Park Send Email|
|Buck Creek Campground Send Email|
|Catawba River Campground|