If you’re after some quality time away from home then choosing Marion as your destination could be a wise choice. From fresh, organic cheese and top quality wines to more active pastimes such as golf and water sports, you won’t be disappointed by reading about 10 of the best things to do in Marion, North Carolina. And if you’re planning to stay longer, there are Airbnb vacation rentals and cabins you can rent.
1. English Farmstead Cheese
For high quality and tasty cheese, stop off at English Farmstead Cheese and pick up some goodies while you’re there. Family run for generations, they produce small-batch cheeses using milk from the farm’s Holstein cows. All the milk is produced on site before being made into a variety of hard cheeses and soft cheese spreads, some of which have been aged for up to 5 months.
English Farmstead Cheese
Address: 19456 US 221 North, Marion, NC 28752
Website: English Farmstead Cheese
2. Linville Caverns
Linville Caverns has been open since 1937 but for centuries before, the marvels inside these wonders were unknown to man. Today you can take a guide through the intricate underground pathways nature created inside a mountain. On your tour you’ll be told about the history of the caverns, interesting formations and experience the beauty of these old mountains from the inside.
Address: Pisgah National Forest, 19929 US-221, Marion, NC 28752
Website: Linville Caverns
3. Historic Carson House
Step back in time and visit the Historic Carson House, a beautiful plantation built by an Irish immigrant, Col. John Carson in 1793. The house is filled with history and lots of famous people have lived, passed by or stayed here and you can learn all the details when you’re taken around by an informative guide through authentic period furnishings. Alternatively, imagine the skirmishes of the family’s experience in the Revolutionary War, Native American struggles, the Civil War and the North Carolina Gold Rush.
Historic Carson House
Address: 1805 US 70 W, 28752-7455 Marion, North Carolina
Website: Historic Carson House
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4. Catawba River Outdoors
For a bit of adventure try out the tube and kayak trips along the Catawba River. Friendly staff from the Catawba River Outdoors will help you and if you’re not experienced or have small kids, you can do it in tandem too. There are plenty of places to stop and have a swim and there’s also a lake if you fancy going fishing too.
Catawba River Outdoors
Address: 105 Deerfield Lake Dr, 28752 Marion, North Carolina
Website: Catawba River Outdoors
5. Sweet Betsy Farm
Ed and Karen look after their bees as if they’re part of the family and their passion is sure to rub off on you when you visit Sweet Betsy Farm. The bees are looked after with no herbicides or pesticides so they provide pure, raw local honey straight from the bees. Learn all about bee keeping on a prearranged tour and, if you like, purchase honey and other bee-inspired products from their shop.
Sweet Betsy Farm
Address: 3947 Mudcut Rd, 28752 Marion, North Carolina
Website: Sweet Betsy Farm
6. Lucky Strike Gold and Gem Mine
If you’ve ever fancied trying your hand at gold or gem mining, then here’s the perfect opportunity to have a go. Step back in time and take a pan into the stream to find your own gold and experience the thrill of ‘gold fever’. Alternatively, grab a gemstone bucket and search for semi precious stones such as ruby, sapphire or emerald. Lucky Strike Gold and Gem Mine has it’s own campsite if you want to stay or, if you get hungry, try out their Miners Diner.
Lucky Strike Gold and Gem Mine
Address: 251 Lucky Strike Dr, 28752 Marion, North Carolina
Website: Lucky Strike Gold and Gem Mine
7. South Creek Vineyards & Winery
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This winery might be off the beaten path but it’s well worth the effort to visit this charming Italian Renaissance Farmhouse and its owners cum winemakers. Stroll through the vineyards, enjoy the panoramic views and of course, taste some excellent wines while learning about them at the same time! Choose from medal winning Bordeaux style wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and their signature blend, Maestro.
South Creek Vineyards & Winery
Address: 2240 S Creek Rd, 28761 Nebo, North Carolina
Website: South Creek Vineyards & Winery
8. Linville Falls Golf Club
If a game of golf is your thing, then you’ll love to tee off at Linville Falls Golf Club. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just south of Grandfather Mountain, the course is in excellent shape and meanders through a hardwood forest, over numerous creeks and has fabulous views of Linville Mountain range and Humpback Mountain.
Linville Falls Golf Club
Address: 210 Blue Ridge Dr N, Marion, NC 28752
Website: Linville Falls Golf Club
9. Greenway Bike Trail
Even if you don’t cycle you can still walk the Greenway Bike Trail which runs right by the The Catawba River. Enjoy the natural habitat of deer, squirrels, cranes, turtles and all kinds of birds as you meander through beautiful flowers and shrubs. For 3 miles (5 km), you are walking through forests and mountainsides, making it a relaxing and peaceful time.
Greenway Bike Trail
Website: Greenway Bike Trail
10. Buck Creek Trout Farm
From April to October you can visit Buck Creek Trout Farm and fish for your own rainbow trout. A family run business, you will be well looked after so even if you’ve never fished before, you’re guaranteed to catch some lovely trout for your dinner. Located in 2 pristine creeks and surrounded by forest land you’re sure to have a great experience fishing and they’ll even clean them for you after!
Buck Creek Trout Farm
Address: 74 Rainbow Trout Dr, Marion, NC 28752
Website: Buck Creek Trout Farm
Explore the Blue Ridge Mountain Area
What more could you want than to explore the beautiful landscape that surrounds Marion? You’ll have a choice of golfing, hiking trails, water sports, trout streams and even opportunities for looking for rare gems! When you want to do serene activities, visit some great local farms for delicious produce including sampling some great wines.
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