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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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Hiddenite (17.86 mile)
The “Rocky Face Climbing Festival” is set for Oct. 24 from 8 am to 7 pm at Rocky Face Park. The day-long event will feature free rock climbing classes, climbing competitions, kid’s activities, more!
Granite Falls (19.07 mile)
Attendees will experience southern Appalachian culture at its best with clogging and traditional agricultural techniques of the past, such as molasses boiling.
Taylorsville (15.84 mile)
The public is invited to participate in the 6th Annual Rotary’s Reindeer 8K Romp on Saturday, November 28 at 9:00 a.m. in Alexander County.
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Claremont (4.31 mile)
BBQ: Hickory Smoked Chicken, Ribs, Smoked Wings & fork tender Beef Brisket. Generous sides & crunchy hush puppies!
Burrito's and Quesadillas made with our own salsa's & fresh slaw.
Claremont (4.65 mile)
American, Southern / Home Cooking
Sit down to a meal or take it with you! Friendly service.
Conover (4.95 mile)
Making a difference one family at a time! Hamburgers, chicken, wraps, fries, shakes and more!
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Troutman (8.18 mile)
Family Tent/Trailer Camping or Group Tent Camping available.
Newton (8.56 mile)
Country Inns / Bed & Breakfasts
The bedrooms are all tastefully restored and contain full private bathrooms for guests' convenience. The high ceilings and antique décor give the Trott House Inn a feeling of casual elegance.
Conover (8.77 mile)
Hotels & Motels
Choose from a variety of room types including standard hotel rooms and two room suites, all available with either two double beds or one king bed. ...
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