Plenty of fun in the 'HEART' of North Carolina

03/16/2015  | 
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Welcome to the gently rolling hills, river valleys, forests and ridges of Randolph County, the geographic “heart” of North Carolina! From the Uwharrie Mountains in the west to the Deep River Valley on the east, Randolph is a county where potters have always been more common than doctors, and for many years a county that permitted no sales of alcoholic beverages yet fostered the racing spirit of NASCAR by running moonshine along its back roads.

It is the birthplace of Naomi Wise, immortalized in the traditional American ballad performed by Doc Watson; NASCAR legend, Richard Petty; professional baseball player, Joe Frazier; and photorealist painter, Susan Harrell whose artistic 3-D relief murals are now featured in downtown Asheboro and Commerce Square in Randleman. The area is also home to World Professional Bull Riding Champion, Jerome Davis; New York Times Best Selling Author, Jerry Bledsoe; 2013 National Senior Games gold medal winner, John Q. Pugh, Jr.; Colonel Guy Troy, modern pentathlon gold medal winner, 1951 Pan-American Games; and World Skeet Shoot Champion, Craig Kirkman. Not only is Randolph’s location the very heart of the state, but its locals welcome visitors with a heartfelt generous spirit and North Carolina’s trademark southern hospitality!

Museums and Attractions

Find what’s in your heart by exploring an assortment of museums and attractions unequal to any other area of North Carolina!

  • Petty Enterprises Historic Site, birthplace of 10 NASCAR championships
  • American Classic Motorcycle Museum, including the largest private collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles in the country
  • Seagrove, the handmade pottery capital of the U.S.
  • Linbrook Heritage Estate, home of Linbrook Hall, one of the largest privately owned homes in the Southeast
  • Kersey Valley Spookywoods, named in the 2014 Top 10 Spookiest Haunted Attractions in the U.S. by USA Today.

The North Carolina Zoo, the nation’s largest natural habitat zoological park, delivers fun with family and friends, face-to-face animal encounters, enchanting outdoor art, and glorious gardens. In 2014, there was a baby boom at the zoo! Births included four lion cubs, three baboons, a chimpanzee, and an otter pup. The birth of the lion cubs marked the first time in eight years that lions were born at the park. The otter pup’s birth was the first otter birth in the zoo’s 40 year history. The zoo also secured three cougar kitten siblings and a baby bobcat who became orphans after their mothers were killed. Other young animals at the zoo include two gorillas that are two years old, and five chimpanzees under the age of five.

Festivals and Events

Celebrate with us at each year at Christmas on Sunset, in downtown Asheboro, the Bush Hill Heritage Festival in Archdale, and the Seagrove Pottery Festival — all chosen as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society; and Liberty Antiques Festival, voted the Best Antiques Show in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Arts and Entertainment

If you love live entertainment catch a summer concert at Bicentennial Park or Ramseur Lake; or a concert or play at the newly renovated Sunset Theatre in downtown Asheboro, home of the 2015 Sunset Cultural Series.

Outdoor Fun

Leave the stress of the city behind and discover one of North Carolina’s two remaining historic covered bridges, the Pisgah Covered Bridge. Experience the thrill of a lifetime on Richland Creek ZipLine and Canopy Tour, voted a Top 100 Expo Adventure; and Kersey Valley, North Carolina’s only aviation themed zip line. Hike America’s oldest mountain range, the Uwharries. Fish along 100 miles of beautiful shoreline on Randleman Lake; or have “Dinner at the Dairy” at Goat Lady, first place winner of the 2012 American Cheese Society Awards for the “Best Smoked Goat Cheese” in North America!

Vineyards and Wineries

Tour Zimmerman Vineyards, located on more than 140 acres at the foot of beautiful Mount Shepherd; and Native Sons Vineyard, which faces WOW, Caraway, and Daves mountains with expansive views that have captured the cameras of professional photographer, Dan Routh.

Sports and Racing

Our area is home to semi-professional sports, and various recreational tournaments including the Bank of the Carolina’s JV Holiday Classic, now the largest JV basketball tournament in the U.S., the John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway, and the 2015 American Legion Baseball Southeast Regional Tournament.

Golf

Play some of the area’s most beautiful golf courses including the 7th Hardest Course in America, Tot Hill; Holly Ridge, one of the Piedmont Triad’s finest 18-hole public courses; Asheboro Country Club, set in the beautiful Caraway Mountains; and Asheboro Municipal, a public course designed by the famed Donald Ross in 1935 — all located within an hour’s drive from Pinehurst, home of some of America’s finest golf courses.

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