Marion Parks and Recreation

Marion is home to many excellent parks and recreational opportunities. The community is dedicated to providing a safe, fun and clean environment for residents and visitors of Marion to enjoy throughout the year.

Marion Community Building Park 
Located in Downtown Mario, this park contains basketball and tennis courts, picnic shelters and tables and a large playground. Restrooms are available on-site during certain hours. The park can accommodate a large number of people and parking is available.

2735.jpgWest Marion Park 
The West Marion Park was constructed in 2001 on land donated by Addie’s Chapel. The park contains a walking trail, a picnic shelter and tables, a basketball court and playground equipment. Parking is available on site. The hours of the park are dawn to dusk.

Cross Mill Park 
Cross Mill Park was completed in 2003. The park contains a walking trail, a picnic shelter and tables, a basketball court, a volleyball court, a disc golf course and playground equipment. Parking is available on site. The hours of the park are dawn to dusk.

Downtown Gazebos 
Marion maintains two gazebos in the downtown area to allow people to relax and enjoy and atmosphere of Main Street. One gazebo is located on North Main Street at Brown Drive, in the heart of the downtown area, and another gazebo is located on South Main Street at Morgan Street, on the southern edge of downtown.
Marion Area Events

Marion is home to many exciting events that will keep you and your family busy all year long. Come listen to the Bluegrass Music Jam or visit Davidson’s Fort Historic Park for a great time. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the great memories you’ll be making here in Marion!

The Carolina Mountains: Photography of Margaret Morley 
This even is presented by the North Carolina Museum of History and the Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center. Photographs feature an intimate look at everyday life in western North Carolina around the turn of the 20th century. Exhibited photographs displayed at Mountain Gateway Museum, Old Fort Train Station, Museum and Visitor’s Center, the Marion Davis Branch of McDowell County Public Library and Catawba Vale Coffee Cafe all located in Old Fort.

Bluegrass Music Jam 
The Bluegrass Music Jam occurs every Thursday. It is open to all musicians asconcerts.JPG there are no scheduled performers. The Bluegrass Music Jam is outdoors so bring chairs or blankets! The event is free and is from 7-9pm.  

Old Fort Mountain Music 
Every Friday evening for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. All musicians are encouraged to join in the fun. Planning to visit? Don’t forget to bring your instruments with you! The event takes place Friday evenings at 7pm in the Rockett Building, Main Street in downtown Old Fort.

Davidson’s Fort Historic Park - Old Fort 
Davidson’s Fort Historic Park is open to the public each Saturday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The organization is in the process of creating a replica of the original, Revolutionary War-era fort built there in the town in 1776. The public is welcome to observe the workers, bring a chair and your camera!

Tracks Music 
Come hear great dance music for everyone. There’s new and old country, beach, old-time rock and roll, blues and more. Open every Friday and Saturday night 7:30-11pm. Admission: $6.

For more events in the Marion area, please visit the events calendar http://www.mcdowellnc.org/events/

Marion Area Attractions

Marion features many excellent attractions that are perfect for all your friends and family. A visit to Marion wouldn’t be complete without a stop by the Carson House or a relaxing drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. See the list below for more ideas!

Blue Ridge Parkway
A portion of the parkway runs through the northern section of McDowell County. Linville Falls, Altapass and Little Switzerland are communities with activities, shops, restaurants and beautiful views to enjoy. Wildflowers and wildlife complete this portrait of mountain treasures.

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, Camp and Resort 
Situated on 63 acres in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge in Western North Carolina, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp-Resort is the perfect place for your family vacation or seasonal campsite. 

Carson House
Come learn the story of an Irish immigrant who found fortune and prestige creating his own dynasty in the new world. You’ll hear tales of dueling, Civil War skirmishes and stories of how a new government was formed. Colonel John Carson’s home was built in 1793. He became a representative to the Fayetteville Convention where the North Carolina delegates ratified the United States Constitution in 1789 and he served in the state’s House of Commons in addition to his service in county government. The home is included on the N.C. Civil War Trail. Open Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 am until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm May through November.
Dennis J Whitson
Dennis J Whitson
3800 Sugar Hill Rd Marion NC 28752