The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Marion

(Including nearby Nebo & West Marion)

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Marion, North Carolina

Marion NC is the county seat of McDowell County and has as it's motto "where main street meets the mountains". The motto is reinforced by Mount Ida, the dominant feature of the landscape in downtown. Marion is a thriving small city located on the eastern edge of the mountains along the Catawba River Basin and is home to many small industries including those that manufacture medical supplies, lumber and paper products, electronics and transportation equipment, tools, apparel, textiles and furniture.
     Marion was planned and built on land selected by the first McDowell County Commissioners on March 14, 1844 at the Historic Carson House on Buck Creek. It was not until 1845, however, that the official name of Marion was sanctioned as the county seat by the state legislature. The name of Marion came from Francis Marion, the American Revolutionary War hero, known as the “Swamp Fox” and the man upon whom the movie "The Patriot" was based.

     Marion is home to a number of historic buildings open to the public, including the Historic Carson House, the Joseph McDowell House built in 1787, and the Marion Depot, the oldest surviving depot on the Western Rail Line. Nearby Lake James State Park is only minutes away and is a popular recreational attraction for both residents and visitors alike.
     Between 1804 & 1827, McDowell County contributed to North Carolina's gold legacy as the nation's leader in gold production. There are still opportunities for visitors to pan for gold in the Marion area.

 

Resources
City Website: Marion
: Town Hall, 194 North Main Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-3551
Location:
Foothills, 45 minutes east of Asheville
County: 
McDowell County: County Offices, 21 South Main Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-7121
Elevation & Population:
1,395 feet, 8000+
County Tourism Development: McDowell Tourism Development
, Historic Depot, 25 Highway 70 West, Old Fort NC 28762; 888-233-6111
County Visitor/Welcome Center:
McDowell County Visitor Center, 1170 West Tate Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-4240
County Chamber of Commerce:
McDowell Chamber of Commerce, 1170 West Tate Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-4240
Newspaper: The McDowell News, 136 Logan Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-3313
Movie Theatres: McDowell Twin Cinemas, 1240 North Main Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-8368
High School: McDowell High School
, 600 McDowell High Drive, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-7920
Colleges and Universities:
McDowell Technical Community College, 54 College Drive, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-6021
Hospitals: The McDowell Hospital, 430 Rankin Drive, Marion NC 28752; 828-659-5000
Area Major Festivals: Mountain Glory Festival (October), North Carolina Gold Festival (May)
Area Natural Attractions:  
Lake James State Park Linville Caverns
Area Cultural Attractions:  
Historic Carson House, Joseph McDowell House, McDowell Arts Council Association Gallery, Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center
Wineries:
South Creek Vineyards and Winery  


Real Estate

Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Casual & Family Dining
Fatz Cafe: (American) 390 Highway 70, Marion NC 28752; 828-659-1364
Western Sizzlin Steak House: (American) 1610 North Main Street, Marion NC 28752;  828-652-6287


Overseas & Exotic
Countryside Barbeque: (BBQ) 2070 Rutherford Road, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-4885
Dragon Lair: (Chinese) 500 North Main Street, Marion NC 287852; 828-652-7585
Jalapeno's Fresh Grill: (Mexican) 1582 Rutherford Road, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-5154

Maria's Mexican Diner: (Mexican) 885 Baldwin Avenue, Marion NC 28752; 828-659-6376
Mi Pueblito: (Mexican) 1897 Rutherford Road, Marion NC 28752; 828-659-7788
Roma Restaurant: (Italian) 5430 Highway 70 East, Nebo NC 28761; 828-652-7377


Cafes & Grills
Bruce's Fabulous Foods: (Cafe) 63 South Main Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-659-8023
Harvest Drive-In:  (1950's type Drive-in) 861 North Main Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-4155
Holly's Deli & Desserts: (Deli) 385 US Highway 70 West, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-9467
Moondoggy's Classic Diner: (1950's Style Diner) 909 North Main Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-655-1557

Pizza
Eddie's Pizza & Pasta: (Pizza-Italian) 1284 Rutherford Road, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-4777
Titan Pizza: (Pizza) 278 East Court Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-3388

Coffeehouses
Crooked Door Coffee House: (Coffeehouse) 11 North Main Street, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-6216

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
Bed & Breakfasts
Robardajen Woods Bed and Breakfast: (B&B) 5640 Robardajen Woods, Nebo NC 28761; 828-584-3191
The Inn at Blue Ridge: (B&B) 17677 Highway 221 North, Marion NC 28752; 866-756-7001


Motels
Comfort Inn: (Motel) 178 Highway 70 West, Marion NC 28752; 877-424-6423
Days Inn: (Motel) 4248 US 221 South, Marion NC 28752; 828-659-2567
Hampton Inn: (Motel) 3560 US 221 South, Marion NC 28752, 800-426-7866

Cabins, Cottages & Chalets
The Cottages at Spring House Farm: (Cottages-Eco Retreat) 219 Haynes Road, Marion NC 28752; 877-738-9798

Campgrounds
Buck Creek Campground: (Campground) 2576 Tom's Creek Road, Marion NC 28752; 828-724-4888
Lake James State Park: (Campground) 2785 NC Highway 126, Nebo NC 28761; 828-652-5047
Mountain Paradise Campground: (Campground) 16823 US Highway 221 North, Marion NC 28752; 828-756-4085
Mountain Stream RV Park: (RV Campground) 6954 Buck Creek Road, Marion NC 28752; 877-724-9013

The Lucky Strike Gold and Gem Mine Campground, 251 Lucky Strike Lane, Marion NC 28752; 828-738-4893
Tom Johnson RV Campground: (RV Campground) Tom Johnson Camping Center, 1885 US Highway 70 West, Marion NC 28752; 800-225-7802
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp-Resort: (RV Campground) 1210 Deacon Drive, Marion NC 28752; 828-652-7208

Rental Agencies
Hidden Lake Property Management: (Rentals) 226 Hidden Lake Parkway, Nebo NC 28761; 828-460-8252
 

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