Friday, December 8, 2023

50 Fabulous Finds in the Heart of NC

50 Fabulous Finds in the Heart of NC

Take a dive into all the wonderful things that are constantly happening in the Heart of NC. While there are so many more, here is a list of 50 fabulous finds in the Heart of NC! 


Kersey Valley Attractions - Kersey Valley

Enjoy fun for all ages year round at Kersey Valley Attractions. Perfect for group outings, team building events, parties, and field trip. Have a day of adventure with Laser Tag, Zip Line Rides, Axe, Throwing, Escape Rooms, and Bomb Bowling.

Shop at Bonnie Place 

Find unique gift items, home decor, and clothing at the shops at The Shoppes at Bonnie Place.


Creekside Park - Creekside Park

Family fun starts here at eh inclusive kids' playground and at Barkdale - Creekside Park's dog park. Walk or run in a weekly international 5k called parkrun. Make sure to trek along three miles of scenic walking trails as you spend a full day at Creekside park. 

Holly Ridge Golf Links - Holly Ridge

Whether you’re looking for an amazing well-kept course, or just some indoor fun with the family, Holly Ridge Golf Links has it all. This newly renovated championship golf course offers a challenge to all golfers. If you’re looking to play indoors, check out “The Bunker Lounge” inside the clubhouse filled with six amazing simulators.

Davis Ranch - Davis Ranch

Take the bull by the horns, or at least watch it, at Davis Ranch during a summertime PBR Invitational. Come check out one of the most exciting live-action.


Uwharrie Birkhead Wilderness Area - Uwharrie National Forest

Access 5,160 acres of the ancient Uwharrie National Forest in the Birkhead Mountains Wilderness Area. The Piedmont's only federally-designated wilderness area, the Birkhead Mountains features designated hiking trails where evidence of early Indians and settlers can often be found.

North Carolina Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame - Aviation Museum

Calling all aircraft lovers! Dive into aviation history. See stunning military artifacts and memorabilia from WWI to the present including an impressive collection of military vehicles, weapons, equipment, uniforms, and a flight simulator as well as a Piper J-3 "Flitfire" flown by Orville Wright. Also, check out President Truman's limousine restored to operable condition. 

North Carolina Zoo Adventures - ZooFari

The North Carolina Zoo offers one of the most unique and amazing adventures to take in the ZooFari. Journey through the 40-acre Watani Grasslands and learn about nine species and close to 100 animals, including rhinoceroses, gazelles, greater kudus and many exotic antelope

Downtown Asheboro - Downtown Asheboro

Downtown Asheboro offers varying cuisines of local dining, boutiques and local shops, zoo-themed crosswalks, and murals. Explore downtown Asheboro, a wonderful adventure for everyone.

Asheboro Municipal Golf Course - Asheboro Municipal Golf

Just minutes from downtown Asheboro, this popular public nine-hole course designed by the famed Donald Ross in 1935. It is located on 56 acres featuring beautiful tree-lined greenways.

Hoover Hatchet House - Hoover Hatchet

Another downtown Asheboro find is Hoover Hatchet House offers eight axe throwing lanes and an escape room. A fun experience for team and group building.


Deep River State Trail - Deep River State Trail

The historic trail offers scenic views along the Deep River in Franklinville and Ramseur. Hike, bike, walk, run, or bring the pups out for this amazing walk and feel closer to nature than ever before.

Millstone Creek Orchards - Millstone Creek

This working orchard on the outskirts of Randolph County offers everything you could imagine for your day outside. From farm tours, pond fishing, seasonal apple and pumpkin picking, and don't forget the apple cider slushies.

Ramseur Lake - Ramseur Lake

Make it a full day in and around Ramseur Lake. This 127-acre reservoir and nine-acre park include boat launches, Jon boat rentals and bait shops for fishing, picnic shelters with tables and grills, a playground, and public restrooms.

Antiquing in Downtown Ramseur

Antiquing in Downtown Ramseur is a hidden gem in the Heart of NC. From Magnolia‘s On Main to Blue Horseshoe Antiques and Collectibles, find your one-of-a-kind item in these unique shops.


Liberty Antiques Festival 

This biannual festival draws antique enthusiasts from across the nation to buy and sell all kinds of antiques. Find furniture, paintings, glassware, toys, pottery and more. The Liberty Antiques Festival is something truly amazing to experience.

Hurricane Jane’s Restaurant - Hurricane Jane's

Nestled in Liberty is Hurricane Jane’s offering American cuisine and daily specials that are sure to hit the spot. Stop in before your evening at the Liberty Showcase Theater.

The Liberty Showcase Theater - Liberty Showcase

The Liberty Showcase Theater in the heart of downtown Liberty hosts shows of some of your favorite artists. From Nashville recording artists to bluegrass performers, the Liberty Showcase Theater delivers every time.

Whitaker Farms

Open year round, Whitaker Farms in nearby Climax offers a memorable experience for all ages. From strawberry picking in late spring, pumpkin picking in the fall, and visits with Santa in the winter, Whitaker Farms is a place that you can't miss in the Heart of NC.  


Victory Junction Camp - Victory Junction

Centered on 84 acres of land in Randleman, Victory Junction serves as a medically safe, yet exhilarating camp, that challenges children who have medical conditions to try things they never imagined possible. From bowling, fishing, archery, swimming, or even zip-lining Victory Junction truly is one of the most unique and wonderful places.

Downtown Randleman Commerce Square Park - Commerce Square

The gem of downtown Randleman, Commerce Square, is home to multiple annual events including concerts, the NC Food Truck Championship, and NASCAR Day. Check out the beautiful mural by hometown artist Susan Harrell featuring the Deep River. 

Petty Museum - Petty Museum & Petty's Garage - Petty's Garage

Learn all about the first family of racing and the history of NASCAR itself at the Petty Museum. With humble beginnings in 1949, Petty's garage today is a second-generation performance shop specializing in parts, restorations, and custom builds. Visit both locations to see where the Petty family first fell in love with speed and became racing loyalty.

Randleman Lake - Randleman Lake

Find a full day of family fun with boating and fishing on a 3,000 acre lake with 100 miles of shoreline at Randleman Lake.


Seagrove Pottery

The Town of Seagrove is “The Handmade Pottery Capital of the United States.” With over 100 individual working potters in town, you are invited to explore at your own pace from one pottery shop to the next. See potters make their famous handmade traditional pottery that has been created here for generations.

Seagrove Orchids - Seagrove Orchids

One of the more unique places in the Heart of NC is Seagrove Orchids. Explore this working orchid nursery offering countless varieties of plants catered to both novice and experienced orchid growers.  

I-73/74 Visitor Centers - Visitor Centers

If your journey to the Heart of NC is just beginning or coming to a close stop in and say hello at the I-73/74 Visitor Centers. Greet our friendly staff knowledgeable on all things Randolph County. Also, check out the amazing views from the green roof manicured by Master Gardeners.

Carolina Bronze Sculpture Garden & Foundry - Carolina Bronze

Established in 1990, the Carolina Bronze Sculpture Garden & Foundry serves as a premier bronze foundry serving clients throughout the world. Walk the half-mile trail loops around the pond with over 26 large sculptures on display along with plants and trees that are native to the NC landscape.

North Carolina Pottery Center - NC Pottery Center

The North Carolina Pottery Center serves as the pottery history hub in Seagrove. Open since 1998, as a dynamic and engaging place where people of all backgrounds, ages, and interests discover the beauty and the stories behind North Carolina’s world-class clay culture.

The General Wine & Brew - General Wine and Brew

In their words, The General Wine and Brew is the perfect place to “uncork and unwind.” While visiting Seagrove, enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite beer on their outdoor deck following a day of pottery shopping.


Trinity Museum - Trinity Museum/Winslow House

This 1855 house was the home of Dr. Thomas Winslow. It is one of the few structures that remain in the Old Trinity College that later moved to Durham to become Duke University. This historic home has been preserved for its entire existence and can now be toured by appointment. 

Zimmerman Vineyards - Zimmerman Vineyards

Nestled on 140 acres in the foothills of Mt. Sheppard, Zimmerman Vineyards offers some of the best local wines in the state. Sit on the stone terrace and relax as you listen to amazing local live music. 

Linbrook Heritage Estate - Linbrook Heritage Estate


The Linbrook Heritage Estate offers a trip back in time as you explore one of the largest privately owned homes in the country. Enjoy Linbrook Hall's breathtaking Christmas tours, visit the Neal Agricultural and Industrial Museum for a full day of family fun.


Powerful Photo Spots:

Big Chair at Millstone Creek Orchard - Millstone Creek

After an adventurous day at Millstone Creek Orchard, the Big Chair offers one great last family photo spot. See how many people can fit in the chair at once, or try to imagine yourself as a giant sitting in that chair!

Faith Rock along the Deep River State Trail - Faith Rock

Located in Franklinville, sitting on the banks of the Deep River, Faith Rock offers the perfect spot for a photo. Take in the views of this historic site where legends of a revolutionary war tale are told upon this rock.

Richard Petty Tribute Park


Located in Randleman, home of the “King of NASCAR”, the Richard Petty Tribute Park honors Richard and Lynda Petty with a statue for their service to the community and philanthropy through the Petty Family Foundation. Created by Carolina Bronze Sculpture in Seagrove, you can now take a picture with racing royalty whenever you visit.

Train mural in Downtown Asheboro

After your amazing day exploring and shopping in Downtown Asheboro, stop for one last photo at the train mural. Located on Sunset Avenue, this beautiful mural with a working headlight, offers a truly perfect photo spot.

Elephant statues/sculpture at North Carolina Zoo Entrance - Zoo Art

While it may not be your initial thought when going, the North Carolina Zoo offers amazing photo opportunities with its awe-inspiring artwork throughout the park. Whether it be the elephant statues at the entrance, or the over 30 art animal displays throughout the park, the NC Zoo is a one-of-a-kind hidden gem. 

Daily Dining Options:

Bold Coffee Co. - Bold Coffee Co.

Located in the heart of Downtown Asheboro, Bold Coffee Co. offers the perfect morning pick-me-up to get your day going. Whether you’re looking for a quick cup and go or to sit down and enjoy the brew, Bold Coffee has got you covered.

Brewskies - Brewskies

Breakfast at Brewskies is the perfect way to kick off your morning in Downtown Asheboro. This local spot offers coffee, pastries, and bakery items. 

The Table - The Table

Credit: Manor House Creative

Known for its farm-to-table style, The Table in downtown Asheboro serves as the perfect farmhouse bakery, coffee shop, and gift market. Don’t miss out on specialty coffees and teas alongside delightful pastries and house made granola.

Franklinville Diner - Franklinville Diner

Lunch at the Franklinville Diner is a must-do while visiting the Heart of NC. Known for its local taste, the pimento cheeseburger, is a delicious favorite that you’re sure to love. And for dessert, the grilled pound cake for a real treat.

Asheboro Popcorn Co. in Seagrove - Asheboro Popcorn Co

Asheboro popcorn is the perfect place to grab your favorite popcorn blend or a scoop of ice cream. Try the Heart of NC Blend - a combination of white cheddar and kettle corn, for a tasteful sweet and salty snack.


Magnolia 23 - Magnolia 23

Voted one of "America‘s 75 Best Fried Chicken Spots" by, Magnolia 23, offers some of the best Southern Cuisine around. Centrally located in Downtown Asheboro, this local fan favorite is one of the best pit stops while exploring. 

Zoo City Social District - Social District

When visiting the Heart of NC on Thursday through Saturday, check out the Zoo City Social District. Enjoy shopping and strolling through historic Downtown Asheboro with an adult beverage from one of the participating businesses which include a brewery, tap house, whiskey bar, wine bar, and several restaurants.


Sports, Events, and History:

Caraway Speedway - Caraway Speedway

The Caraway Speedway located just north of Asheboro is home to a .455 mile track that hosts a variety of weekly series including the Whelen Southern Modified Series events, as well as other touring series.

Asheboro ZooKeepers - ZooKeepers

Summer nights are better at the ballpark! The Asheboro ZooKeepers, a collegiate wooden bat team, play during the summer at the newly renovated, Historic McCrary Park. Catch a game under the lights and enjoy a night out at the ballgame.

Pottery Festival Weekend

The historic annual weekend in Seagrove offers not one but two pottery festivals at the same time. Shop as local potters display, show, and sell their amazing works of art. This special weekend takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving every year.

RhinoLeap Productions - RhinoLeap Productions

Formed in 2015, RhinoLeap Productions has served as a local area staple in live theater productions. The company has performed in local venues including the Sunset Theatre, Four Saints Brewing Company, Linbrook Heritage Estate, and businesses throughout the Heart of NC.

Getaway Cabins | Yogibear's Jellystone Park™ Campground

Escape everyday life and get back to nature at either the Getaway Cabins or Yogibear's Jellystone Parkcampgrounds. These two amazing locations offer the perfect chance to disconnect from everyday busy life and slow down to enjoy time with friends, family, and loved ones.

Genealogy Room - Genealogy Room

For those history buffs searching to learn all about the history of the Heart of NC, the Genealogy Room inside the Randolph County Public Library is your ideal spot. Dive into the treasure trove of one-of-a-kind history like no other. 

All this fun is closer than you could imagine. When can we expect you? Visit  the Heart of NC Website for places to stay and special military discount offers! 

Order a FREE Travel Guide and check out the listing of annual events on our Event CalendarWe look forward to following along on your visit. Tag us at #theHeartofNC.    

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