Old Fort, with a population under 1,000, is located off Interstate 40 in McDowell County. The town, which has a history dating back to colonial times and a strong industrial base, seeks to expand its tourist trade as well.
The largest arrowhead in the world is one of the things which distinguishes Old Fort, in McDowell County from other western North Carolina communities. From 1756 to 1776 Old Fort was the westernmost outpost of the white settlers in the frontier. The arrowhead monument was dedicated to the memory of the gallant band of men who braved the dangers to establish this frontier outpost.
A trip to McDowell County, North Carolina yields time travel for history buffs, high adventure for outdoors enthusiasts and pure delight for art and music lovers. Popular places to visit in McDowell County include Old Fort and Marion.