SkyIsland Retreat



Sky Island Retreat is a 50+ acre American owned getaway, featuring log home rentals, RV and Tent sites. Our facility features breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Hickory Nut and Mount Mitchell. Our property is complete with picturesque camp sites, running creeks and a trout pond. Sky Island Retreat is a nature lovers paradise. Come experience our native habitat and enjoy wild deer, woodpeckers, humming birds and various other native woodland creatures from the front porch of your very own cabin.


Hiking Catawba Falls

  Since the 1870s when Rufus Morgan photographed the Catawba Falls, people have hiked along the Catawba River to view these spectacular waterfalls. After years of being off limits the falls are now open to the public. The first falls is a moderate hike, the upper falls is very difficult and dangerous and should not be undertaken lightly. You will pass by stone buildings and a dam used for power generation in the early 1900s these sites are historic and dangerous DO NOT cross the dam, it is weak and a fall from it can cause serious injury. Cell phone service is good but there are no quick response emergency teams to help you so be safe. 

Andrews Geyser


Andrews Geyser is a man-made fountain in Old Fort, North Carolina  in McDowell County. The fountain is named for Colonel Alexander Boyd Andrews, a North Carolina native who was the Vice President of the Southern Railway Company and one of the men responsible for the construction of the railroad between Old Fort and Asheville, North Carolina. in the late 19th century. The fountain was constructed in 1885 with a dual purpose: it was a feature of the Round Knob Hotel, and a tribute to the approximately 120 men who died building the railroad through this particularly treacherous stretch of land, that culminates with the crossing of the Eastern Continental Divide through the Swannanoa Tunnel. The fountain was said to be eye-catching for railroad passengers ascending the 13 miles of track and seven tunnels that peaks at the top of Swannanoa Gap because it could be seen several times along the route.

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