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Marion is a city in McDowell County, North Carolina, United States. It is the county seat of McDowell County. Founded in 1844, the city was named in honor of Brigadier General Francis Marion, the American Revolutionary War Hero whose talent in guerrilla warfare earned him the name "Swamp Fox"

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town of Marion is a place where visitors are able to get off the grid and enjoy the slower pace of a small mountain town. Surrounded by natural beauty, a charming downtown invites guests to explore the many restaurants, historical interests, art galleries, breweries and tap rooms lining the streets. In 2018, the N.C. Rural Center named Marion the “North Carolina Small Town of the Year,” and while it may be small, it offers access to big adventures.


The backdrop of Marion is the Pisgah National Forest, which boasts miles of hiking trails, gorgeous waterfalls, and the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Within a short drive of downtown you’ll find yourself immersed in the natural wonders of the area. The nearby Catawba River runs through Marion, and offers a number of ways to cool off on a warm day. Take the plunge is a  swimming hole, rent a tube or kayak, or find your perfect peaceful spot to go bass fishing.

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