CRAMER MOUNTAIN, CRAMERTON, NC
Fish, Canoe, and Segway at Latta Nature Preserve
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve is filled with enough things to do to keep a family occupied for the whole day. When you drive into the park road, first up is a nature/visitor center that has a little walkthrough/ educational things, and sells fishing bait. A mile or so up...
Visit Redlair Farm & Forest
Redlair Farm & Forest is almost like stepping into a time-warp. This extraordinary nature preserve is home to over 70 miles of hiking trails and 4.5 miles of natural frontage along the South Fork River within its 730 acres. It is still privately owned so access is not...
Bowling at Gastonia Lanes
Gastonia Lanes offers bowling, snacks, food, beer, and really good pretzels. The staff seems nice, the place looks clean, and it's a lot of fun if you like bowling. They have good prices during the daytime, and the have dollar mania specials and Extreme Bowling, which I...
The American Military Museum
Unless you're a military buff, I'd recommend skipping this place most of the year. But if you're in Gastonia around June 14 (Flag Day), you should make it a point to come and see the WORLD'S LARGEST AMERICAN FLAG! The museum only flies the flag on Flag Day and other special...
Gaston County Museum of Art...
Gaston County Museum of Art and History (in Dallas, NC)Well, I've never actually been inside this museum, but it's housed in a great building that was once a hotel.
Crowder's Mountain State Park
Crowder's Mountain, located on the west side of Gastonia, is the highest point on Gaston County and is a great place to get away while visiting this part of North Carolina (i.e. Charlotte vicinity). There are miles of trails, soaring birds and beautiful views over the...
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
This beautiful sanctuary on the banks of Lake Wylie in Belmont, NC is one of the best gardens I've seen. The architectural centerpiece is the elegant Pavilion with beautiful stained-glass windows, but of course, the highlight is the flower gardens.
Belmont Abbey College
On the way to Gastonia, you'll notice the exit for Belmont where you'll see this small but beautiful campus and it's cathedral pictured here. If you have a few extra minutes, it's worth a stop. There are some nice stained glass windows in the church and the campus is worth a...
Hey this is small-town...
Hey this is small-town America! Go to a drive-in movie at the Belmont Drive-In movie theater. For more info go to http://www.belmontdrivein.20megsfree.com/.
Written Oct 4, 2002
Eastridge Mall: Gastonia's biggest mall
Eastridge Mall is the Charlotte region's 6th largest mall and the biggest in Gastonia. The anchor stores are Matthews Belk, Sears, Dillards and J.C. Penneys. I'm not a big fan of shopping, but if you have a need, it's likely you can find it here.
Written Sep 21, 2003
Address: Off I-85 at New Hope Rd.
Christmas Town, USA is the...
Christmas Town, USA is the affectionate nickname of McAdenville, NC (from Charlotte, it's just before Belmont heading toward Gastonia on I-85 heading east).
This place is famous during the Christmas season for the lights and decorations that adorn the homes. You'll find a lot of cars driving through the neighborhoods just enjoying the spirit.
Written Oct 4, 2002
Be careful when you're climbing in Crowder's Mountain State Park. There are no railings at the top, but if you stay on the trail, you won't have a problem. I always stray off the path and walk out to the edge of the rocky cliffs, but if you do this, make sure you're extra...
I took a picnic lunch when I...
I took a picnic lunch when I was visiting Crowder's Mountain and when I got to the peak I found a great flat piece of rock to sit down on and enjoy the view. But the whole time I was eating, there were hawks circling above me and I kept thinking that one might swoop down and...
Pick a trail . . .
When you walk to King's Pinnacle, you can choose to take the more difficult Pinnacle's Trail or to go by way of the Turnback Trail. I'd recommend going up Pinnacle Trail. It's not really too difficult and you can always stop and rest and take things at your own pace. Plus,...
If you head southwest from the visitor's center at Crowder's Mountain State Park, you'll be hiking toward Pinnacle's Peak. In my opinion, this is the most difficult trail in the park and it's not as popular as the Crowder's Trail which takes you to the official Crowder's...
Belmont Abbey College is a...
Belmont Abbey College is a great little private college just off the freeway (I-85) between Gastonia and Charlotte (Belmont-Mount Holly exit). It's a pretty campus, which you can tour in a half hour or so if you just want to walk around and shoot a couple photos. This photo...
Downtown Belmont is a quaint...
Downtown Belmont is a quaint little town and has some really exquisite mansions just outside the main business district seen in this picture.
Gastonia's main street is Franklin, but you'll also see some interesting businesses along Main Streets and York. It's an industrial town, so you'll see old, brick factory buildings are predominant in the downtown area.
Crowder's Mountain provides...
Crowder's Mountain provides some great hiking trails and some good photo opportunities. Too bad I wasn't there at the height of the fall foliage.
If I feel like going to the...
If I feel like going to the mountains and doing some hiking, I usually set aside a weekend and drive up to the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville or I'll drive to the Smoky Mountain National Park. There are occasions however, when I don't have enough time to drive 2 or 3...
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