Carol Price, director of the McDowell Tourism Development Authority, told The McDowell News that she hopes local residents enter this contest and vote for Old Fort.
Prize Added Old Fort is in the Small Town category of this year’s Best 2021 Adventure Town Contest, which is being promoted by Blue Ridge Outdoors.
Old Fort is promoted because it has many county trails, trout fishing streams, and is an official North Carolina Mountain Trout Heritage Town. It has one of the most popular waterfalls in western North Carolina (Catawba Falls) and the area of Curtis Creek at the Gateway, which is the birthplace of the National Forest System. Old Fort now offers food and beverage services provided by Hillman Beer, Old Fort Ride House, and Old Fort Outdoors. This earned Old Fort a spot in the small town category.
There are also the outdoor experiences and events provided and organized by Camp Grier. Outside of the summer camping season, the public has access to a daily fee to use some of their amenities and trails, including lessons and horseback riding. The Pisgah Enduro Race starts and ends at Old Fort and the Hellbender 100, two popular outdoor races.
“Of course Todd Branham has been organizing the off-road assault on Mount Mitchell and the Jerdon Mountain Challenge for years,” said Price. “The last weekend in July is packed with mountain bikers. With upcoming additions to the Old Fort landscape, like the Fonta Flora Trail in Old Fort and the G5 Trail Collective project joining miles of trails just outside of Old Fort, there is more to come for enthusiasts. outdoors. The 2021 Adventure Town designation would help small businesses here and attract new businesses. ”