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Whether you’re whitewater rafting, fishing, swimming or sailing, our waters add excitement to any trip.
Get hands-on and interactive while touring exhibits dedicated to science, history, pirates, dinosaurs, flight and sports.
Play a round at Grove Park Inn or one of our many other nationally recognized courses.
Explore the beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Land of the Waterfalls and the nation’s first fly fishing trail.
Visit our first state capitol at Tryon Palace, walk in Blackbeard’s footsteps in Bath, and enjoy year-round sailing, fishing and paddling.
This region offers many opportunities for play, including golf courses, spas, military museums and indoor skydiving.
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Plan your getaway around a signature event or find out what’s happening during your visit. From quick weekend trips to longer stays, you might watch a hammer throw competition at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, sample sounds where they were born at the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, go for the top prize in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament, or enjoy seasonal events like July 4th celebrations and Christmas light displays.
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Granite Falls (12.03 mile)
Attendees will experience southern Appalachian culture at its best with clogging and traditional agricultural techniques of the past, such as molasses boiling.
Hickory (11.45 mile)
October 16 , October 17
Wood working extravaganza and sale. Free demonstrations and classes.
Hickory (10.04 mile)
Playful sonic schizophrenia absorbs songwriting influences like John Prine and Paul Simon, Afro-Caribbean rhythmic explorations, New Orlean-style brass.
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Granite Falls (5.58 mile)
Funky southern gastropub restaurant, tasting room and brewery in the historic Granite Bottling Works (1903 - 1978) and Pepsi bottling plant.
Hickory (6.77 mile)
American, Southern / Home Cooking
Amos Howards began as the Olde Hickory Brewery in the mid-90s. Serves American pub food at a good value.
Hickory (7.05 mile)
The ultimate place to get together with your friends, watch sports, drink beer and eat wings. Burgers, sandwiches, salads and drinks.
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Connelly Springs (4.08 mile)
Bring your horse and camp near the Equestrian Barn! We also offer dedicated campsites or backcountry camping.
Icard (5.01 mile)
Hotels & Motels
Conveniently located just off I-40 at exit 116.
Hickory (5.76 mile)
You must be fully self contained. No tents or pop-ups without bathrooms. Must have gate code to enter. Call for gate code. 4 extra large pull through sites for Big Rigs.
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