Top 10 Things to do in Marion, United States

July 22, 2017 Jacquiline Delozier

Marion is a city in McDowell County, North Carolina, United States. It is the county seat of McDowell County. Founded in 1844, the city was named in honor of Brigadier General Francis Marion, the American Revolutionary War Hero whose talent in guerrilla warfare earned him the name “Swamp Fox”. Marion's Main Street Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The population was 7,838 at the 2010 Census.
Restaurants in Marion

1. Linville Caverns

19929 US 221 N, U.S. 221 between Linville and Marion, Marion, NC 28752-9301 +1 828-756-4171
Excellent
44%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 621 reviews

Linville Caverns

Reviewed By Wanda W - Stanley

We loved this my 12 year old had a blast. Very informative. We did one similar in Tennessee which was much more expensive and way to long this experience was just right. Our guide was awesome funny and informative. I wish I had tried this little hidden treasure sooner. The gift shop was pretty neat too not to be expensive and everyone was friendly. Thank you for the spur of the moment afternoon fun!

2. Silver Fork Winery

5000 Patton Rd, Morganton, NC 28655-7176 +1 828-391-8783
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 89 reviews

Silver Fork Winery

At Silver Fork's Tasting Room, we will provide tasting flights of our wine that will also include a souvenir glass. With each sip, guests can learn about the terroir 'taste of the place', the varietal and wine making notes. Surrounded by beautiful views of our vineyard and the South Mountains. Come stay, enjoy and relax.

Reviewed By jlw0lf - Huntsville, Alabama

Enjoyed a tasting of their bordeaux style wines, then sipped a glass of dry Spanish-style rose' on their patio overlooking the vineyards. All their varietals were very drinkable & the venue was perfect for a summer afternoon. Looking forward to our next visit.

3. Catawba Falls

Catawba River Road, Old Fort, NC 28762
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 86 reviews

Catawba Falls

Reviewed By D2958ZXgarym - King, United States

Catawba Falls is near Old Fort, North Carolina. Although the fall has been here for thousands of years, what makes it "new" is that only just recently -- within the past ten years -- has it been accessible to the public for viewing. Although the fall itself is within national forest land, access to it was on private property. That has now changed, and a developed trail leading to Catawba Falls is now a permanent part of the Pisgah National Forest.

The 2.5-mile round-trip walking trail is a moderately-strenuous hike through the woods culminating with the very picturesque falls. They have a "forest primeval" look about them. Treat yourself to one of the lesser-seen Carolina cascades -- you'll be glad you did!

4. South Creek Vineyards & Winery

2240 S Creek Rd, Nebo, NC 28761-5792 +1 828-652-5729
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
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5 based on 48 reviews

South Creek Vineyards & Winery

Come & taste our award winning Bordeaux Style Wines at our charming century plus aged Italian Renaissance Farmhouse. Enter the grounds & take in the panoramic view complemented by our grazing horses. Meander through the vineyards. Get to meet the owners and winemakers. Unwind and enjoy the serenity while you swirl, sip and savor wine at our large outdoor living area as you enjoy our many events.

Reviewed By KYCAT13 - Chicago

You don't have to travel to Napa or across the pond to try some wonderful Bordeaux wines, just motor on over to South Creek Vineyards and Winery in Nebo, NC. You will not be disappointed in their estate Merlot, Cab Sav, Cab Franc, blends, etc....MoreThank you for your wonderful review! We pride ourselves on world class wines, and it is very affirming to have a review such as yours. We hope you will be able to visit us again, Jim & Mary, Owners & Wine-makers.

5. Lake James State Park

2785 Nc Hwy 126, Nebo, NC 28761-7680 +1 828-584-7728
Excellent
53%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

Lake James State Park

Reviewed By Mootheart - Burnsville, North Carolina

This is a beautiful lake! Gorgeous surroundings and really nice fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, camping, but very limited swimming. Really limited! It is a shame in my opinion. They have so much to offer with what should be lovely swimming areas but they have designated a small beach area with a small place to swim for tons of people. My family was very disappointed. We did have a great picnic and hike. Very fun, but we probably won't go back here. We love to swim.

6. English Farmstead Cheese

19456 US 221 N, Marion, NC 28752-7529 +1 828-756-8166
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

English Farmstead Cheese

Reviewed By Sandra D - Asheboro, North Carolina

The staff here was very friendly and answered all our questions. They had a wide variety of fresh cheese, and i do mean fresh. They had several tpyes of cheese spreads as well as block cheese. The only problem i see is when this is gone i will have to go back to buying the over processed stuff out of the grocery store. We would definitely stop here again.

7. Crabtree falls

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Burnsville, NC
Excellent
74%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

Crabtree falls

Reviewed By D2958ZXgarym - King, United States

The parking area to visit Crabtree Falls is located at Milepost 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Yancey County. There is a small restaurant/gift shop open seasonally. The .9-mile trail to the base of the falls is rocky and moderately strenuous. Crabtree Falls is only 70 feet in height, but it is powerful, and it is arguably one of the prettiest cascades in the state. It is easy to get good photos from several vantage points. Worth every step down and back up.

8. Sweet Betsy Farm

3947 Mudcut Rd, Marion, NC 28752-7059 +1 828-724-4444
Excellent
97%
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5 based on 27 reviews

Sweet Betsy Farm

We are a small family bee farm with an onsite farm stand featuring our Local Raw Honey and some gift items including lip balms and soap made from the beeswax and honey from our hives. We also have a large observation hive in the store so you can watch the bees at work. We are sometime able to accommodate small families or groups for tours into the actual working beehives but those tours must be arranged by calling. We will do our best to meet your schedule but please be aware that on some days taking care of the bees must be our priority. We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed By ec3cjgm - Port Saint Lucie, Florida

My husband and I were visiting Asheville for our anniversary and being very naturalistic we wanted to visit a beekeeper farm. When we got there the owner was very welcoming, and he was very informative of the different flavors of the honey as we sampled each of them. He asked if we wanted to see the hives and we were very happy to get suited up as he informed us on the behavior of the bees. We were like students as he explained the various sections of the hives and honey production. He was also gracious enough to show us his chicken coop. We totally enjoyed our visit and bought a couple bottles of honey. When we left we called our children excitedly and told them of our amazing honey bee tour.

9. Historic Carson House

1805 Highway 70 West, Marion, NC 28752 +1 828-724-4948
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
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Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Historic Carson House

Reviewed By bwodom - South Carolina

This was an interesting place to visit to learn about local history...and surprisingly, the influence of the families who lived here on history outside of the local region.

In addition to the interesting aspects of the construction of the house itself, our guide added a great deal to the store by sharing stories about family members and local citizens as well as historic sites and events nearby. The special exhibit room focused on the human aspect of the people who lived on this working plantation and it was well done and quite interesting. Worth every bit of the $7 admission fee!

10. John Rock Trail

Pisgah National Forest, Nebo, NC 28761
Excellent
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5 based on 2 reviews

John Rock Trail

Reviewed By Stephen S

The John Rock loop trail start from the fish hatchery and accends to the top of a granite escarpment hundreds of feet above the valley floor for an incredible view of the surrounding area. The trail itself is really interesting in that it takes you through several botanical "zones", with varying vegetation in each. Make sure you bring plenty to drink, and a picnic for the top of the mountain. The total trail is about six miles, so give yourself plenty of time.

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