Marion's Main Street is lined with historic buildings, churches and the courthouse. This small town sits at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains near popular attractions like Mt. Mitchell (30 miles) and Linville Falls (25 miles).
Downtown Marion has really blossomed during the last couple of years. Longtime favorites are the McDowell Arts Council Gallery & Theatre (50 South Main Street) and next door Mr. Bob's Donuts (60 South Main). Try local craft beers at the Refinery 13 Taproom brewery (13 N. Main). Burrito Brothers is next door at 9 N. Main. New additions for 2018 include Spillway Bridge (93 S Main St), a new music venue and taproom with 20 beers on rotation, and their first craft brewery, Mica Town Brewing (25 Brown Drive) - just off Main. Keepers Cut Meadery (175 West Henderson St) opens in fall 2018! Watch a movie in the newly restored Mountain Marquee (31 West Court St).
Downtown Marion Tailgate Market: Stop by during the growing season every Tuesdays 3-6 PM and Saturdays 9 AM-12 Noon for the freshest produce, meats, cheeses, flowers, baked goods and locally-made crafts. The market is located at the intersection of West Henderson Street and Logan Street, admission and parking are free.
Carson House: Built in 1793, this house museum is one of the oldest standing structures in western North Carolina, having served as a stagecoach inn and stopping point for important historical figures. Read much more.
Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway: Walk or bike this new, one-mile recreational trail, picnic area, fishing pier, wildlife observation deck and access to the historic Round Hill cemetery. The greenway's entrance road (Sam Phillips Drive) is located off of US 70 West, just past Lowe's and next to Table Rock Quarries.
Catawba River Outdoors (2334 Hwy 221 Business North) offers tube and kayak trips with shuttles to drop off points up river, ending at their location in town.
Directions to Marion: It's located 36 miles east of Asheville along I-40. Some of our other favorite small towns nearby include Old Fort (12 miles), Little Switzerland (17 miles), Morganton (22 miles), Black Mountain (20 miles) and Rutherfordton (24 miles).
Marion Things to Do
More Marion Events
Marion Comic Con is March 3, 2018, 10-5, at 29 Logan Street.
Downtown Summer Concert Series: Enjoy live music held June through August on the Courthouse Lawn on Main Street or at the Historic Marion Tailgate Market Shelter on West Henderson Street in Downtown Marion. Bring friends, family, lawn chairs and a picnic basket, and enjoy the fun. Concerts generally begin around 6:00 or 6:30 PM, but please check the Hometown Marion website or Marion Events on Facebook for an exact schedule.
Marion Cruise-Ins: On several summer Saturday evenings, join the fun for a Cruise-In with vehicles of all makes and models. Hundreds of vehicles will be on display, along with music and vendors selling food, beverages and various items.
Appalachian Potters' Market on December 1, 2018, features 66 NC Potters inside the McDowell High School Gymnasium. $5/person.