Old Fort Travel Guide

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Like a center of a wagon wheel on spokes between Lake Lure, Asheville, and Grandfather Mountain, McDowell County is the perfect place to stay for a North Carolina Mountain vacation.  Part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, McDowell offers mountain arts and crafts, music and song, and access to magnificent natural resources.  McDowell is three-quarters forested land, of which 67,000 acres reside in the Pisgah National Forest. 

In Old Fort, Andrew’s Geyser is a few minutes from the Arrowhead at the center of town.  There is a train station with a train museum.  Down the street, Mountain Gateway Museum offers a view of Appalachian history.  Don’t miss Talis Gallery in the Appalachian Artisan Society Gallery for eclectic art, beads, photography and sandwiches.  Turtle Creek Pottery is a short jaunt up Bat Cave road.  Reconstruction of a pioneer-day fort, Fort Davidson, is underway and hosted the fifth annual Civil War event May 31-June 1. On every Friday night in Old Fort you can jam, dance or listen to good old country music (free admission) at Old Fort Mountain Music. 

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: Gabrielle Thompson

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