Top Adventures in Marion

  • Drive the Scenic Lake Tahoma

    This scenic drive is along NC 80 between a small town called Pleasant Gardens and Micaville. It can also be taken in the opposite direction depending on where you are driving from, but the main attraction is Lake Tahoma. Lake Tahoma is a private l...

  • Hike to Tom's Creek Falls

    The hike to Tom's Creek Falls is a short but enjoyable hike right off the side of the road. The hike is on a wide and mostly flat gravel road that goes right up to the waterfall and a viewing platform that makes for a perfect place for pictures. T...

    0.75 miles 10 ft gain

  • Explore Lake James State Park

    The park has about 15 miles of trails with different levels of difficulties . Hiked the Lake Channel Trail  along the lake with good views of the lake and the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Hiked the Mill's creek trail which is nicely shaded and offers go...

  • Hike to the Summit of Shortoff Mountain

    Start your hike from the Shortoff Mountain Trail off of Wolf Pit Road at the base of Lake James. From the summit there is a small grassy area off a side trail that provided awesome cliff side views of the Gorge and Linville River! You can setup af...

    4.4 miles 1321 ft gain

  • Camp on Shortoff Mountain in the Linville Gorge

    The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, also known as the Grand Canyon of the East, is one of the wildest, most rugged gorges in the eastern United States. It's also an outdoor paradise for hikers and backpackers. Camping here is always a treat and yo...

  • Hike to Crabtree Falls

    Starting from the old store parking area at MP 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, follow the trail through a meadow past the campground amphitheater. After crossing the paved road to the campground, the trail will come to a T-intersection. Take the ...

    2.4 miles 450 ft gain

  • Hike to Green Knob Lookout Tower

    Green Knob Lookout Tower is an abandoned fire tower near Mt. Mitchell and located directly off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The tower boasts a full 360-degree, unobstructed view of Mt. Mitchell, Craggy Mountains, Table Rock, Grandfather Mountain, and t...

    1 miles 313 ft gain

  • Camp in the Linville Gorge via the Pinch In Trail

    We are pretty notorious for passing up a good campsite but we are learning our lessons. We got a late but interesting start on Pinch-In trail. We climbed down a steep 600+ feet after passing this ledge only to climb right back to it a third of a m...

    1.5 miles

  • Hike the Rock Jock Trail

    One of the first things I noticed when researching this hike was the conflicting information regarding finding the trail head, length of the hike, and the hike's correct route. Hopefully, as of September 2017, this report will contain the most up-...

    6 miles 700 ft gain

  • Hike to Catawba Falls

    This quick and relatively easy hike is located close to Asheville, NC. If you're looking to have the trail to yourself, it can be a little tough. It's best to get there as early as possible or on a weekday if you can swing it.As you head out on th...

  • Hike Deep Gap Trail at Mt. Mitchell State Park

    I personally find this trail to be more difficult and have more rewarding views than the Mt. Mitchell summit trail.The Deep Gap Trail starts near the Mount Mitchell summit and heads into a forest of spruce and balsam fir trees. The trail then clim...

    9 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Camp at the Chimneys in the Linville Wilderness

    The Chimneys area is a lesser-known camping destination within the Linville Wilderness. The Chimneys are a series of rock formations that rise above Linville Gorge and provide unobstructed panoramic views of the gorge and surrounding mountains. Th...

    1 miles 138 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Old Fort, North Carolina

      Curtis Creek Campground (Nc)

      Overview Curtis Creek Campground is nestled in the mountains at the base of the Blue Ridge just minutes from the quaint town of Old Fort and less than an hour from the popular city of Asheville. Lo...

    • Burnsville, North Carolina

      Black Mountain Campground

      Overview Black Mountain Campground sits in the shadow of Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in the eastern U.S. and borders the South Toe River. Black Mountain is a mecca for the outdoor enthusiast.Re...

    • Burnsville, North Carolina

      Briar Bottom Group Campground

      Overview Briar Bottom Group Campground is the perfect getaway for visitors to enjoy mountain scenery and easy access to hiking trails. The campground sits at the base of Mt. Mitchell, the highest p...

    • Union Mills, North Carolina

      Happy Tales Campsite

      Happy Tales Campsite is located on the grounds of an incredible animal sanctuary nestled in the foothills of the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains! We rescue and house any animals who have been aban...

      From $108/night

    • Burnsville, North Carolina

      Carolina Hemlocks Rec Area

      Overview Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area sits in the scenic mountains of Pisgah National Forest. This is a great place for small to medium-sized groups to swim, fish, tube, hike, camp, picnic and...

    • Old Fort, North Carolina

      Log Cabin In Gated Community W/ Mountain Views

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