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Itinerary for the Adventure Seeker

Updated: May 24, 2023

**this is still a working itinerary, but here's what. we favor right now:

DAY 1:

Canoe or Kayak the Catawba River - Make your own DIY route, starting at Greenlee Park in Marion. You may choose to "take out" at Marion's Joseph McDowell Greenway, public parking area is available from dusk to dawn, or float further to River Breeze Campground or continue until the Catawba River meets Lake James. At this point, paddle left towards Burnette Landing. You may park a car here for $3.00. Or, make the process easy and book your trip with Catawba River Outdoors.

McDowell Local - craft sandwiches & pizzas are their specialty, but you also have to tried their pickled treats platter! View their menu here.

DAY 2:

Zipline at Canopy Ridge Farm - Head to Chimney Rock and make unforgettable memories! Follow your adventure up with an early dinner in this charming mountain town.


Crabtree Falls, Marion - Categorized as a “strenuous” hike - make your way to a waterfall cascading down a 60-ft. rock, with a 2.5-mi. looped trail featuring ferns & wildflowers. Read about a trip to Crabtree Falls on NCTripping.

For Dinner: Make yourself something over the fire! On-site we have a community fire pit with attached grill top. Try your hand at a wood-fired dinner. Guests have made pasta, pizza, hot dogs and steak over the coals.

DAY 3:

Try your hand at Fly Fishing - The Catawba Angler - a fly fishing and light tackle guide service based out of Old Fort, North Carolina. (828) 460-2390

If you're looking for a family friendly camping or glamping vacation, look no further than Gold River camp + cabins. Located in Marion, NC, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains and just 45-minutes from Asheville, we are not short of activities. If you need additional suggestions, don't hesitate to reach out, I have activities to recommend in Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Hendersonville, Burnsville, Asheville, Morganton and Hickory - all within an hours drive!


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