MTA Events


Fall Hikes with the MTA

October 7 - Lake James State Park Hike
Where: Lake James State Park – Paddy’s Creek
When: Two Meeting Places: 9:00 AM at the Wells Fargo parking lot next to FBC Marion and the Community Building and 9:30 at the Paddy’s Creek Park Visitor Center.

We will hike the Mill’s Creek Trail and part of the Paddy’s Creek Trail. Both trails are moderate with less than 500 feet of elevation gain. The Mill’s Creek Trail is 3.3 miles. Hikers will have the option of adding an additional mile or so on the Paddy’s Creek Trail.

Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the park picnic area after the hike. Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes and bring water to drink.
If you have any questions contact Steve Pierce.

November 4 - Catawba Falls
Where: Catawba Falls Trailhead - at end of Catawba River Road in Old Fort.
When: 9:30 AM at the trailhead.

We will take a fall hike to the lower Catawba Falls hoping to see some lingering fall colors along the way. Wear comfortable hiking boots or walking shoes. The 3.0 round trip is an pleasant walk with some uphill sections. Be prepared to negotiate some rocky sections approaching the base of the falls. Bring water and a snack to enjoy at the falls.

December 2 - Peavine Greenway
Where: Peavine Trail off State Street in Marion
When: 10:00 AM at the State Street Peavine entrance.

We will walk the Peavine Trail to usher in December. Wear comfortable shoes for this 1.5 mile walk to the trestle and back. For those who want some more walking, we will meet at the Wells Fargo parking lot next to FBC Marion and the Community Building and walk from there to State Street and back to downtown Marion after the peavine walk.

All MTA hikes are open to members and the public. MTA members - BRING A FRIEND! Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult and all hikers must sign a waiver and provide an emergency contact.

Rotary Auction

On Thursday, October 19 the Rotary Club of Marion is holding its 34th annual auction at the Marion Community Building at 6:00 PM.

You can preview items starting at 4:00. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

The Rotary Club of Marion has been an outstanding supporter of the MTA, providing over $35,000 in donations and sponsorships. Without their initial $15,000, Phase I of the Joseph McDowell Catawba River Greenway would never have gotten off the ground. We support the good they do in the community and around the world.

We encourage you to come out and enjoy the evening with us and get some great buys. If you have good quality items you would like to donate call David Wooten at 652-2503 or Walt Bagwell at 652-8881. They will coordinate getting items picked up.

Three More Dates and Opportunities

Mountain Glory Festival - Saturday, October 14

Come by the MTA booth at the Mountain Glory Festival in downtown Marion. Learn about the MTA's plans for Phase III and other projects. It is also a great time to join or renew your MTA membership. We hope to see you there!

Carson House 5K Race - Saturday, October 21

Come to the Catawba River Greenway at 9:00 for a Halloween 5K race. Runners are encouraged to dress up. The race will begin at the west end of the greenway at the parking lot adjacent to Table Rock Quarry. For more information check the Historic Carson House website at the link above.

Camp Grier Trail Work Days - November 17-19

In addition to greenways, the MTA supports getting out on the trails in McDowell County. These trails cross though areas of beauty, diverse forests, and are among the most challenging in WNC. Trails in the Old Fort area are among the best in McDowell County.

But trails don't just happen, nor do they stay in shape by themselves. Most of the trails in our area are maintained by volunteers. Here is an opportunity to give back and help maintain trails. Camp Grier is sponsoring trail work days and invites you to participate. Go to the link above and learn you you can help.

The MTA thanks Camp Grier for its support of trails in McDowell County.