Old Fort, NC – often called the “gateway to the west” – is a small, quiet town with winding roads and beautiful mountain vistas about 30 minutes east of Asheville. It's a great place to call home for those looking for a quiet mountain town.
The Andrews Geyser and Arrowhead Monument are among some of the oldest and most celebrated attractions in Old Fort. Point Lookout Trail is a popular 4-mile paved trail that ascends almost 1,000 feet through the Swannanoa Gap. Mr. Bob's Donuts is a favorite amongst locals. Mr. Bob's sponsors the “Western North Carolina Donut Fest” and half marathon each year. Residents are also working to reconstruct the Davidson Fort, the Revolutionary War fort that gave Old Fort its current name.
4th Saturday in April
The last Saturday in April, Old Fort hosts Pioneer Day. This fun-filled 3-day event includes Revolutionary and Civil War re-enactments as well as blacksmithing, gun making, apple butter making, weaving and spinning, and woodcarving demonstrations. Kids can enjoy pony and wagon rides as well as a handful of games for the whole family.
First weekend in June
The Gold Festival is held the first weekend in June is designed to promote, educate, and highlight the gold and gem heritage of the region.
Revolutionary War Days
Held at Davidson Fort on June 21, there will be military camps and weapon demonstrations as well as craftspeople and talks on life in the 1700s. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for kids 6-10 and kids under 6 are free.
Racers will board buses and will be shuttled to (near) the top of the hill at Ridgecrest. The first timed section will be Rattlesnake from the helipad to the ball fields at Ridgecrest. Racers will then ride at a casual pace to the Kitsuma trail. The second timed section will start at the Young’s Ridge trail sign and will end at the Old Fort picnic area. Racers will then ride at a casual pace to Star Gap. The third timed section will be Star Gap trail to Jarred Creek. There will be three rest areas along the way fully stocked with food and water.
Don’t miss the fantastic annual fireworks display!
Jerdon Mountain Challenge
Enjoy backcountry mountain biking at its finest on a 26-mile course that doesn’t have you riding in circles. Celebrate with a huge after party on the picturesque Gateway Museum grounds.
The Off Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell is a 60 mile mostly off road Bicycle route with 10,500 feet of climbing. From Old Fort, you climb up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and just below Mt. Mitchell on beautiful Forest Service roads and unbelievable North Carolina single track. The "enduro" section will be included with registration fees and applicable for all participants in the event.
Rail Road Day
3rd Saturday in September
Railroad Day celebrates Old Fort’s rail-related history with crafts, art, food, music, model railroad displays, and more.
Old Fort Christmas Parade
The second Saturday of December marks the annual Christmas Parade in Old Fort.
An Old Fort Christmas
Held at the Mountain Gateway Museum, An Old Fort Christmas brings the true meaning to Christmas to Old Fort with members of the museum portraying the Birth of Christ as told in the book of Luke and ends with His resurrection