Latest Scoop on the McDowell Quilt Trail

Unfolding Friendship Star at the McDowell Chamber/Visitor Center
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If you’re interested in exploring Western North Carolina by car, there are several driving “trails” where you can check out the beautiful mountain scenery and learn more about the area. One such driving trail, the McDowell Quilt Trail, is right here in our own neck of the woods.

Sponsored by the McDowell Arts Council Association, the Quilt Trail was formally established in September of 2009, in our county, McDowell County, and now features more than 63 blocks! That’s an average of more than one new quilt block per week being added to the Trail. The blocks are all unique and have been installed on barns, homes, businesses, libraries and even a school. The success of the Quilt Trail really speaks to our area’s love of the arts, the growing appreciation of McDowell County’s art and crafts heritage, and the area’s strong sense of community.

We’re proud to have two of the McDowell Quilt Trail blocks — Evening Star (done in Spring colors) and Morning Star (done in Fall colors) — at the Inn on Mill Creek. The blocks are located on the north and south sides of the Lake House:

A map of the McDowell Quilt Trail is below and available at (where you can also read about all the blocks, see a full list of blocks and their locations, and learn more about the Quilt Trail):

View McDowell Quilt Trail in a larger map

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