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Links to our attractions, dinning and services within 50 miles of us.

Appalachian Trail Guide - An in depth view at the trails in Pisgha National Forest

Blue Ridge Traveler county information.

Hillman Beer-Old Fort. is the only beer and food source in Old Fort. 78 Catawba Avenue, Suite F. 828-668-6372

The Catawba Angler is the only fishing guide service in Old Fort. Call at 828-460-2390 or 828-713-0101 to book trip.

Cedar Creek Stables - Cedar Creek Stables is a public trail riding facility, nestled in the beautiful mountains of Lake Lure, North Carolina. All trail rides have creek walks and go through the mountains.

Chimney Rock State Park - A scenic attraction located 25 miles from our campground, with spectacular 75-mile views, numerous hiking trails, a 404-foot waterfall, Nature Center, picnicking and more. We have discount coupons at the campground. Click on picture to go to their site or call 800-277-9611 tell them we sent you.

Biltmore Estate - Only 25 miles from the campground. Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina offers the romance of America's largest home, gardens, winery, outdoor activities, and a four-star inn on 8,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Mount Mitchell State Park - There are a few places in the world that still stand apart from the ordinary. Rising more than a mile high, surrounded by the gentle mist of low-hanging clouds, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places. In the crest of the timeworn Black Mountains lies the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi. For those who ascend this mighty peak, what looms in the horizon is a feast for the eyes—breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling ridges and fertile valleys. Forested and forever misty, 1,855-acre Mount Mitchell State Park will provide you with some of the most tranquil moments you'll ever experience.

Linville Caverns - Located at the base of Humpback Mountain in the beautiful Linville Valley lies a natural wonder, Linville Caverns.  After remaining a mysterious secret for centuries, the caverns have been opened for safe and convenient public touring.

Camping in North Carolina – Find Campgrounds close to major NC attractions.

Davidson's Fort - Historic 1776 recreated fort.

NC Waterfalls -

On any given Tuesday, yes Tuesday, there are typically no fewer than 40 vehicles parked in the gravel lot at the Catawba Falls trailhead in the Pisgah National Forest.

And that’s year-round, said Grandfather District Ranger Nick Larson. On any given Saturday or Sunday in the summer, cars will be overrunning the otherwise serene forest site, even parking illegally on private property on Catawba River Road.

The beautiful waterfall has been becoming more beloved, but also more beleaguered, since the Forest Service acquired 88 acres of land from the Foothills Conservancy and opened it to the public in 2010.

With the added visitors – in the tens of thousands each year – come more injuries, and even more deaths, including one in 2018 and one in 2017.

Waterfall Safety Tips

  • Follow instructions posted at all waterfalls and trails.
  • Stay on developed trails, observation decks and platforms.
  • Do not jump off waterfalls or dive into pools.
  • Do not climb on rocks above waist height.
  • Do not swim or wade upstream near a waterfall.
  • Watch your footing. Dry rocks can be just as slippery as wet ones, especially those covered with algae.
  • The top of any waterfall is the most dangerous. Do not lean over a ledge at the top of a falls.
  • Watch children and pets at all times.
  • Make sure you are in a safe, solid location before taking pictures or selfies.
  • Never visit waterfalls or hike alone.
  • Bring your cell phone in case you need to call for assistance.

South Creek Vineyards - Visit a local winery.

Ole's Guacamoles, located in Black Mountain 828-669-0550. *****

Mustard's Last Stand, at the beginning of our road ***

Whistle Stop Pizza & Subs, located in Old Fort, 828-668-7676 ****

McDonald's, located in Old Fort, 828-668-9531 ****

Hardee's, located in Old Fort, 828-668-9331 ***

SubWay, located across from Hillmans Brewery ****

Dairy Queen, located in Old Fort, 828-668-7511 **

 

PLENTY TO DO DOWNTOWN OLD FORT

A family-owned and operated business, Hillman Beer is the mastermind of Brad, Greig, and Brandi Hillman. The trio works hard to supply a winning combination of comfort and quality. When you arrive, you’ll be struck by the chill, yet slightly quirky ambiance. Long communal tables encourage you and your cohorts to intermingle with other beer lovers. The brewery’s outside space is even more impressive, however; ample seating is available and the people (and dog) watching opportunities are exceptional. Order your favorite beer and enjoy a leisurely game of corn hole with your best buds.


Davidson's Fort 5 miles from the campground on Lackey Town Road