Welcome to Marion

Mountain retreat with picturesque views and a caring community.
Marion is a charming community with a rich history and a population passionate about preserving its tight-knit small-town feel. Marion's natural beauty dazzles all year round in one of the most picturesque Blue Ridge Mountain range locations. Locals in Marion are lucky to have a home with many lush public green spaces and inviting recreational facilities. Pair this with the area’s variety of charming shops and restaurants, and you’ll see why so many people find Marion an enticing place to buy a luxurious property.
Overall, Marion offers a terrific setting for those who appreciate the slower pace of life and the opportunity to enjoy all that nature has to offer. Marion may be the perfect fit if you’re looking for a place to call home where you can truly relax and enjoy the good life.

What to Love

  • Peaceful, secluded, and elegant mountain properties
  • Vibrant local gatherings and festivals
  • Quaint small businesses and delicious local dining
  • Incredible public spaces for outdoor recreation

Local Lifestyle

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Marion is a small town with a big heart. Here, locals take pride in their beautiful community and are always willing to lend a helping hand to newcomers. The genuinely kind neighbors and the unique annual festivals create a close-knit community feel while allowing plenty of peace and privacy on your spacious property. This lends itself to a balanced lifestyle, where families new to the area can embrace the joys of warm-hearted company and the desirable seclusion of a mountain retreat. Outdoor recreationists will love the ample opportunities to explore the great outdoors, with several hiking trails and scenic picnic spots located nearby. Whatever your favorite physical activity, Marion is ready to accommodate it. One of North Carolina’s hidden gems, Marion is the perfect place to put down roots and enjoy all that small-town living has to offer. So whether you're looking for a cozy place to retire or a friendly community to raise a family, Marion is sure to please.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

North Carolina is renowned for its emerging craft brewery scene, and one of the finest taprooms in the state is Refinery 13. This welcoming establishment features a chic dining room perfect for gatherings with friends. Try their pesto flatbread and have the bartender recommend a specialty craft beer. 
For a made-from-scratch meal with fantastic locally sourced produce, visit McDowell Local. Among other outstanding menu items, this neighborhood eatery serves incredible grass-fed burgers, and we recommend you order the Main Street. 
Another great local dining space where you’re sure to hear incredible music is The Spillway. Make a reservation before going on concert nights, and get your group started with their terrific bruschetta. 

Are you looking to do some cooking for yourself? Do some shopping for fine herbs and spices at Flavors on Main. Their selection of delightful infused olive oils features many must-haves for any budding chef.

Things to Do

Marion frequently offers unique and interesting things for residents to enjoy. One popular local tradition is the annual Bigfoot Festival. This festive gathering is a celebration of all things Sasquatch. It features live music, food trucks, and appearances by Cryptozoologists. Whether you’re an avid believer in local legends or a playfully interested skeptic, this festival is fun for folks of all ages. 

Nature lovers searching for fun activities near Marion will enjoy visiting the Linville Caverns. If you're interested in geology or spelunking, they’re a true joy.  For those who prefer admiring nature’s wonders from above ground, visit Linville Falls. It's one of the region's most idyllic areas and is a perfect place for a scenic hike or picnic. Another wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors is Greenlee Park. It’s one of the country's most popular fishing spots, and families will love enjoying the inviting green spaces.


Marion offers several strong private and public educational institutions.


Elevation: 1404 ft.
Population: 7,693
County: McDowell County
Land Area: 5.9 sq. mi.
Density: 1313.70/ sq. mi.

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Sapphire Realty embraces every aspect of the real estate industry. Our integrity and work ethic promise to deliver the highest level of service to our clients during their entire journey. So, whether you are looking to relocate to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina or you are a lifelong resident looking to make a move, we would love to assist you in loving where you live.