Andrews Geyser

Andrews Geyser, Old Fort: Address, Andrews Geyser Reviews: 3.5/5

Andrews Geyser
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Recently restored, the geyser is located about five miles from town.
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Richardsonlawyer
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Family
This is a lovely spot for a picnic the river just a few miles from downtown Old Fort. The geyser is the focal point. The signage is somewhat disconcerting, however, and here’s why.

Wikipedia says that Andrews Geyser was built in the 1850s to welcome train travelers arriving in Old Fort. There was a hotel on the grounds. You can still see the rail lines. Wikipedia says the signage at the park explains this and commemorates the more than 120 men who died building the railroad from Old Fort to Asheville. That is an interesting story! However, since their installation in 2019, there is new signage commemorating the “world’s greatest Army ever built” —the Confederate Army—and the men from McDowell County who fought for it.

I hope the county will revisit this decision in time to come, and restore the signage with history of the geyser, the old hotel, the railroad, and the efforts of the town in the 1970s to preserve it. Like I said, that’s done interesting local history that relates directly to what the visitors are looking at. As it stands with its current signage, it looks like the geyser has been appropriated to resemble some old confederate monument, and that’s not what it was supposed to be.
Written May 30, 2022
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Matt C
2 contributions
Solo
It was cool I guess. I went there with my dog as a fun bonding experience and it didn’t go as planned. My dog was very intrigued by the geyser and walked into it as it erupted. She shot into the sky and I still don’t know where he is. If you find him call 324-649-2000. I will give you a $5 reward.
Written December 23, 2021
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iheartTX11
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Couples
I guess it depends on what you’re expecting.
— It’s not an actual natural geyser, it’s a memorial fountain. The fountain was working when we visited and area was maintained.
— you can see it as you drive up, so makes it a little underwhelming IMO. I enjoy the fun of at least a short walk to build up to beauties when I’m exploring, but it does make it a nice wheelchair friendly activity since you can see it from the parking lot.. Large grass area with picnic tables, good for dogs and kids.
— it’s a memorial to a few things, some nice signage. To the AA slaves who were forced to build the railroad. And to veterans of various wars.
So it’s nice, but not quite what I was expecting or looking for. The part I enjoyed more was walking down to the creek from the geyser and playing there, and the one lane underpass.
Written June 10, 2022
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Charlottheelian
Charlotte, North Carolina26 contributions
Couples
The geyser today is worth seeing, but the experience is much more interesting if you read the background information, found on several sources, about the building of the railroad around it and construction and purpose of the geyser itself. When I was a boy, living in Asheville in the '40s, we took the train a good number of times to and from Winston-Salem. The highlight of every trip was the opportunity to see the geyser several times from different vantages as the train wound up or down the mountain to and from Old Fort. The passenger train was pulled by one or more steam engines. Going toward Asheville the one-engine train would pause for awhile while a second engine was attached to the train to pull it up and over the mountains. From Old Fort the rails were often on the side of the mountain and passed through several tunnels. We would get as close to the windows as we could to see the engines puffing and pulling ahead of our car as we wound around sharp curves and into and out of the multiple tunnels. I suggest readers of this review Google the geyser and read the accounts about the geyser and the pictures of it from earlier times.
Written May 1, 2021
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Homecroft56
Nineveh, IN382 contributions
We were in town looking for the loops of the RR as featured in Trains Magazine. The article stated the best spot to view the train was from Andrews Geyser and even had a map showing it's location. Drove by it twice and missed it. It's a park on the west side of the road with a large fountain, that was not working when we stopped in October 2020. I'm sure it might have been impressive in its day.
Written October 20, 2020
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OhioRich60
Conneaut, OH337 contributions
Friends
After a long day of photographing colored leaves along the Blue Ridge mountains, we were told about the geyser in Old Fort. We drove 35 minutes from Asheville and visited this place. Wow, we loved it. It was quite, and peaceful. Surrounded by beautiful mountains. The geyser is actually from a 6" water line that comes out of an old dam, 2 miles away. Then it squirts water out of a 1/2" nozzle 80 feet high. The wind blows the spray in many directions. I would visit this free site again.
Written October 22, 2015
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DeeDeeNC070
Greenville, NC214 contributions
Family
Well gee I was excited to find this geyser albeit man made. I have been to this area of the NC mountains for years and we did not know this little park existed! Its not "Yellowstone" spectacular but I don't know of any geyser in NC other than this one and we enjoyed the drive down the small mountain hollow to get there. Andrews Geyser is certain to delight young kids however. World travelers may not be impressed. Old Fort should make an effort (other than just a road sign) to let traveler know about it. Its free. The creek is lovely. The grass is green and nice to enjoy. The water shoots high in the sky. This geyser was just the type of lovely surprise we like to find while traveling.
Written June 16, 2012
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Shannen M
Harrisburg, NC125 contributions
Couples
The Geyser was not operational as of 7/7/18. The small picnic area was nice and the surrounding area pretty including the stream which could be heard from a distance; however, the area seems to have been forgotten and is no longer maintained. 😢
Written July 7, 2018
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CatalinaKid39
North Miami, Fl2 contributions
Friends
While I enjoy the fountain and how it works...I go there to see the trains claw their way up and out of the george crossing the Continental Divide. They assend or descend, approximately 1100 feet making their way between Ashville and Old Fort . It was the train that build the fountain so to speak, " As a tribute to the 120 workers who died building the railroad through this particulary treacherous stretch of land"...And a spectacular feature of the Round Knob Hotel.
Plan to spend several hours there as train watching takes a lot of patience.
Written September 5, 2017
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eeseasdaszds
Roanoke, VA270 contributions
Couples
The Geyser and its story is special, take care of this place. I think the unique train tracks and the story of this geyser should be shared its a wonderful place.
Written September 29, 2014
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