Outdoor NC has partnered with local tourism organizations across the state to help promote the protection of North Carolina’s stunning and diverse outdoor spaces by practicing the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. Here are some insider tips if you're visiting the Randleman area.
Q&A host: Heart of NC Visitors Bureau
Outdoor passion: Walking
Where in NC: Randleman
Best place in the Randleman area to spend outdoors?
The Randleman Deep River Greenway with 1.5-mile trails up and down the river for a round trip of 3 miles starting at the trailhead/parking area.
Best season to spend in NC?
Spring and fall. Temperatures are optimal, and the scenery is gorgeous. Springtime showcases blooming flowers and trees, while our fall colors compete highly with our mountainous regions of North Carolina.
What level of experience is needed for walking the Randleman Deep River Greenway?
How long should you plan on visiting?
Up to three days or more to explore the entire area.
What attracted you to North Carolina or the Randleman area?
The rural setting along the scenic Deep River.
What is unique about the area around the Randleman Deep River Greenway?
The authentic outdoor experience walking along the green, rocky banks of the Deep River on a fine gravel trail (plus a picnic shelter).
How do you plan or prepare for your outdoor activities?
Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Dogs on a leash are welcome.
What piece of gear is your must-have?
How do you practice the Leave No Trace principles?
Tote along reusable drinkware, and keep an eye out for trash cans and doggie stations.
Best places for breakfast/lunch or dinner?
A local favorite in downtown Randleman is The Biscuit Company. For lunch or dinner, consider a staple to the community, Sir Pizza, or venture to nearby Holly Ridge Bar & Grill for patio seating and views of the golf course in Sophia.
Where do you like to go after a walk?
Make a stop into Hometown Sweets for a scoop of Homeland Creamery ice cream or a freshly baked signature cupcake.
Cool places to stay near Randleman?
Look for accommodations in the Archdale or Asheboro municipalities – Randleman is in between both. There are also several Airbnb options – but for the most unique overnight, check out Getaway Asheboro cabins, making your escape to nature easier than ever.
Other sites in the area to see while in town?
Check out the family-friendly Stout Street Park with a play area and picnic tables. Don't miss out on a visit to Commerce Square Park to explore the water feature, farmers market and wall mural – there may be a seasonal outdoor concert occurring as well. Petty Family attractions features trophies, cars, and memorabilia from King of NASCAR Richard Petty and his legendary family at the Petty Museum. You can also see cars being customized at Petty's Garage. Lastly, step back in time by visiting Melvin's Variety & Hardware Store in downtown Randleman. At nearly 60 years old, this old-fashioned variety store offers everything from tools and gifts to collectibles, games and seasonal plants.
What is your can't-miss experience near Randleman?
The Petty Family attractions in Level Cross – it's where racing humbly began with Richard Petty's father, Lee, building and tinkering with cars in the old reaper shed – and you can see the restored historical landmark showcasing the 1940s timeframe.
Take in all the natural beauty along the Deep River on the Randleman Greenway – capture the moments with photos to share with friends and family. .
This article was produced in partnership with the Heart of NC Visitors Bureau. Visit Outdoor NC for additional tips on how to connect with nature and help preserve the natural beauty of our state.