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Old-Fort is a small, historic community of less than 1,000 residents located in McDowell County within the Pisgah National Forest. It lies between Asheville and Morganton along US Hwy 70 near Black Mountain and the Catawba River. Old Fort was originally built by the colonial militia before the Declaration of Independence and the settlement served as the western outpost of the early United States for many years. A 30-foot tall arrowhead hand chiseled in granite sits on the town square as a symbol of peace between early pioneers and Native Americans. After the arrival of the railroad, Old Fort became home to a resort hotel and a geyser, a manmade tourist attraction powered by a nearby spring. Today, the geyser lies in the middle of a five-sided concrete pool, with a large green space for picnicking surrounding it. The Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort sits near the center of town along Mill Creek inside the old community center, built in 1937. Inside, visitors can watch a 14-minute video on the history of the town and view a display on what the inside of a log cabin looked like in frontier days. Two original log cabins are on the grounds of the museum, and each April the town holds Pioneer Day, a reenactment of early days with music and food. Other attractions in Old Fort include the Railroad Museum and its' Mountain Music and Hoedowns, held every Friday night in the hall across from the Fire Department.

Surrounding areas: Montreat, North Carolina (7.0 mi), Pinnacle Mountain, North Carolina (10.3 mi), Lake Lure, North Carolina (13.6 mi), Chimney Rock, North Carolina (14.1 mi), Celo, North Carolina (16.0 mi), Little Switzerland, North Carolina (16.0 mi), Linville, North Carolina (20.0 mi)

Old Fort Vacation Rentals

Old Fort Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Assembly InnMontreat, NC6.9 mi.(828) 669-2911
Comfort Inn585 Hwy 9 I-40 Exit 64Black Mountain, NC7.9 mi.(828) 669-9950
Comfort Inn178 Hwy 70 WMarion, NC10.4 mi.(828) 652-4888
Days Inn4248 Hwy 221 SMarion, NC10.4 mi.(828) 659-2567
Econo LodgeRt 1 Box 68aMarion, NC10.4 mi.(828) 659-7940
Lake Lure Golf & Beach Resort112 MTNS BlvdLake Lure, NC14.0 mi.(800) 260-1040
Lake Lure InnHwy 64/74Lake Lure, NC14.0 mi.(828) 625-2525
Big Lynn LodgeLittle Switzrlnd, NC16.3 mi.(704) 765-4257
Ramada800 Fairview RdAsheville, NC19.1 mi.(828) 298-9141
Country Inn & Suites199 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC19.2 mi.(828) 254-4311
Days Inn - Biltmore East1435 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC19.3 mi.(828) 298-4000
Hampton Inn204 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC19.3 mi.(828) 255-9220
Quality Inn & Suites1430 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC19.3 mi.(828) 298-5519
Town House Motel141 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC19.3 mi.(828) 253-8753
Homewood Suites By Hilton88 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC19.4 mi.(828) 252-5400
Springhill Suites By Marriott2 Buckstone PlAsheville, NC19.7 mi.(828) 253-4666
Extended Stay America6 Kenilworth KnlAsheville, NC20.2 mi.(828) 253-3483
Holiday Inn Express234 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC20.7 mi.(828) 274-0101
Baymont Inn-asheville204 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC20.8 mi.(828) 274-2022
Doubletree Hotel Biltmore115 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC20.8 mi.(828) 274-1800
Howard Johnson Biltmore190 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC20.8 mi.(828) 274-2300
Residence Inn701 Biltmore AveAsheville, NC20.8 mi.(828) 281-3361
Sleep Inn117 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC20.8 mi.(828) 277-1800
Marriott Execustay/Turtle Creek99 Turtle Creek DrAsheville, NC20.9 mi.(800) 789-7829
American Court Motel85 Merrimon AveAsheville, NC21.0 mi.(828) 253-4427
Courtyard By MarriottOne Buckstone PlAsheville, NC21.1 mi.(828) 281-0041
Days Inn E1500 Tunl RdAsheville, NC21.1 mi.(828) 298-5140
Days Inn-asheville Mall201 Tunl RdAsheville, NC21.1 mi.(828) 252-4000
Econo Lodge Asheville190 Tunl RdAsheville, NC21.1 mi.(828) 254-9521
Econo Lodge EastI-40 Exit 55Asheville, NC21.1 mi.(828) 298-5519
Econo LodgeI-85 And Bessemer City RdAsheville, NC21.1 mi.(704) 867-1821
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Asheville31 Airport Park DrAsheville, NC21.1 mi.(704) 684-1144
Motel 6 Asheville1415 Tunl RdAsheville, NC21.1 mi.(828) 299-3040
Ramada Limited180 Tunl RdAsheville, NC21.1 mi.(828) 254-7451
Renaissance By Marriott AshevilleOne Thomas Wolfe PlazaAsheville, NC21.1 mi.(800) 845-5279
Super 8 E1329 Tunl RdAsheville, NC21.1 mi.(828) 298-7952
Quality Inn & Suites1 Skyline Inn DrArden, NC22.0 mi.(828) 684-6688
Sun Valley Motel2507 Hendersonville RdArden, NC22.0 mi.(828) 684-6944
Holiday Inn Airport550 Airport RdFletcher, NC23.4 mi.(704) 684-1213
Comfort Inn-airport15 Rockwood RdArden, NC23.6 mi.(828) 687-9199
Bed & Breakfast
Baird House LTD Bed And Breakfast Inn41 S Main StMars Hill, NC24.7 mi.(828) 689-5722
Woodfield Inn2905 Greenville HwyFlat Rock, NC29.0 mi.(828) 693-6016

Old Fort Weather & Climate

The Blue Ridge Mountains range from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet and topography affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops than in the cities below. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations, with temperatures rarely reaching 90 degrees. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common. Winter is generally moderate, but extreme conditions can occur at the mountain peaks. It's not unusual to have warm temperatures in the valleys and snow in the higher areas. In the lowlands, snows of one inch or more occur just 1-5 times per year. More frequent and deeper snows fall at the higher elevations, although ski resorts rely on snowmaking equipment to ensure a good base. Fall often has warm days and cool nights and is the driest period.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 25°F 4.18 in. -
February 52°F 28°F 4.36 in. -
March 60°F 35°F 5.59 in. -
April 69°F 44°F 4.43 in. -
May 76°F 52°F 5.34 in. -
June 83°F 61°F 4.68 in. -
July 86°F 65°F 4.25 in. -
August 84°F 64°F 4.33 in. -
September 78°F 58°F 4.44 in. -
October 69°F 45°F 4.13 in. -
November 59°F 36°F 4.35 in. -
December 50°F 28°F 3.93 in. -

Old Fort Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 24 miles southwest of Old Fort in Asheville, North Carolina, the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located approximately 50 miles south of Old Fort in Greer, South Carolina, the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located roughly 59 miles north of Old Fort in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located around 61 miles south of Old Fort in Greenville, South Carolina, and finally the Charlotte Douglas International airport (CLT) located about 75 miles southeast of Old Fort in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Old Fort Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC52.1 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC64.7 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC64.7 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN77.8 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN77.8 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN79.2 mi.
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC80.3 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC81.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Old Fort Golf CourseOld FortNC 
Black Mountain Golf CourseBlack MountainNC7.9 mi.
Lake Lure Golf & Beach ResortLake LureNC12.7 mi.
Willow Springs Country ClubWilsonNC13.7 mi.
Lake Lure Municipal Golf CourseLake LureNC14.7 mi.
Green Oaks Golf ClubConcordNC18.4 mi.
Rocky River Golf Club at ConcordConcordNC18.4 mi.
Brookwood Golf ClubArdenNC20.2 mi.
Mountain Brook Golf ClubAlbemarleNC20.2 mi.
Grassy Creek Golf & Country ClubSpruce PineNC20.6 mi.
Mount Mitchell Golf ClubBurnsvilleNC21.1 mi.
Buncombe County Municipal Golf CourseAshevilleNC21.3 mi.
Reems Creek Golf CourseWeavervilleNC21.7 mi.
High Vista Country ClubArdenNC21.9 mi.
Broadmoor Golf LinksFletcherNC22.6 mi.
Cleghorn Plantation Golf & Country ClubRutherfordtonNC22.7 mi.
Meadowbrook Golf ClubRutherfordtonNC22.7 mi.
Rutherfordton Golf ClubRutherfordtonNC22.7 mi.
Crooked Creek Golf ClubHendersonvilleNC26.5 mi.
Cummings Cove Golf & Country ClubHendersonvilleNC26.5 mi.
Forest City Municipal Golf CourseForest CityNC26.5 mi.
Orchard Trace Golf ClubHendersonvilleNC26.5 mi.
Quaker Meadows Golf ClubMorgantonNC28.1 mi.
Magnolia Golf ClubMagnoliaNC28.3 mi.
Silver Creek PlantationMorgantonNC29.1 mi.
Red Fox Country ClubTryonNC29.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC24.8 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC40.8 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC40.8 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC41.4 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC52.1 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC76.9 mi.
State Parks
Mount Mitchell State ParkNC10.7 mi. 
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC47.7 mi.(Art)
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN48.3 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN48.3 mi.(Children's)
Bob Jones University Museum & GalleryGreenvilleSC55.0 mi.(Art)
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC59.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC21.1 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC55.0 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN100.2 mi.

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