Local Attractions

Stone Mountain State Park
Nestled deep in the woods, Stone Mountains State Park is the perfect place to enjoy nature. Here you can see a majestic mountain range and the gently rolling landscape of the piedmont. The park includes elevations up to 3,000 feet, a waterfall dropping 80 feet and more than 40 miles of trails. From equestrian camping to trout fishing, mountain biking to picnicking, South Mountains State Park offers a rugged terrain perfect for a number of activities. Visit one of the state's most rugged parks. Hike the trail to High Shoals Falls to witness the roar of the waterfall as it pours into a large pool. Backpack through the woodlands for primitive camping. Fish for trout in miles of mountain streams, or bicycle along the 18-mile mountain-bike loop. For more information please visit http://www.blueridgeparkway.org

Other Nearby Attractions

Lee's Trees

Hay rides on weekends, gift shop, Fraser Fir wreaths, tree stands & wrapping, ornaments, saws provided.

Snappy Lunch

Snappy Lunch is Mount Airy's oldest restaurant circa 1923. Oprah Winfrey and the Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno have been visitors. The Snappy Lunch was featured in the November 1998 issue of Gourmet.

Linney's Mill

One of the few fully operational and producing mills in existence in NC. Mill store and swinging bridge on property.

Love Valley

Working western town. No cars allowed. Rodeos, trading post, camping, general store, etc.

Andy Griffith Museum

Fictional TV town of Mayberry was fashioned after Mount Airy. Historic residence is home to the Andy Griffith Museum and the visitors center. See the world's largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia. Admission is free.

Mayberry Jail

The Mayberry Jail is a local re-creation of "The Courthouse" seen in so many episodes of the "The Andy Griffith Show".

Andy Griffith Playhouse

The Andy Griffith Playhouse, circa 1920, is the fist known site of a public school in Mount Airy. Andy Griffith attended elementary school and performed on stage when the site was known as the Rockford Street Elementary School. It now houses the Surry Arts Council. It was named after Andy Griffith in the early 1970's.

Mount Jefferson State Park

Broaden your horizons with scenic vistas and colorful displays of mountain flora. You can see forever on a clear day. Stroll the short natural trail through the magnificent forest, a National Natural Landmark.

Ashe County Cheese Factory

The Carolina's only cheese manufacturer, Ashe County Cheese has been in business since 1930. Watch cheese being made, then select one of your favorites from our cheese and gift shop.

New River State Park

Canoe more than 26 miles of the National Wil and Scenic South Fork of the New River. Three access points, primitive camping, fishing, hiking, mountain scenery and wildlife. Picnic areas with grills, one covered shelter and a community building. Canoe rentals from local outfitters for a fee. Park is free; fee for camping.

Churches of the Frescoes-St. Mary's

Created by native North Carolinian, Ben Long. Mary, Great with Child, John the Baptist and The Mystery Faith grace the sanctuary. Creations by Long's students also line the walls of this early 20th-century church.

New River

Renowned as the second oldest river in the world, the New River is a National and State Wild and Scenic River. North Carolina maintains three parks along the river, each a day's canoe ride apart for primitive riverside camping and picnicking.

Doughton Park

This 7,000 acre park, the largest recreation area on the Blue Ridge Parkway, offers a lodge, campground, hiking trails, picnic areas. Includes the picturesque Brinegar Cabin and the Caudill Family Homestead, a dramatic exhibit of isolated mountain life. Cross Country skiing is allowed when the park is accessible. It has gently rolling terrain and numerous trails. Use of trails is free. Located at Milepost 258.5.

Old Time Music and Square Dance

Enjoy old time music and square dance every Friday and Saturday nights at the Aleghany Jubilee in Sparta. Lots of family fun - bring the kids!!

Floyd's City Barber Shop

Floyd's City Barber Shop is a real-life barber shop. Owner Russell Hiatt used to cut Andy Griffith's hair. Russell has a "Wall of Fame" in the shop. It contains more the 17,000 visitors and counting.

Old Wilkes County Courthouse

Built in 1902 in the Beaux-Arts Neo-Classic Revival Style. Only 3 remaining buildings of its kind. No tours.

W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir

Yadkin River Valley. Man-made lake. Flood control, energy and recreation purposes. Campgrounds, hiking, swimming, fishing, boating. Free. Fee for camping

Old Wilkes Historic Walking Tour

Visit 13 buildings that reveal the character if the town of Wilkesboro as it developed. They are examples of the distinctive styling and culture of their times and are included in the National Register of Historic Places. Each represents an aspect of community life that makes them historically noteworthy. The buildings are within walking range of each other. Reservation required for walking tour.

Zebulon Vance House

Built approximately 1832-1860, this Greek Revival two-story frame house has partial log construction. It is one of the oldest structures in Statesville. In 1865 it served as headquarters for Governor Zebulon Vance during his exile from the state capitol during the last months of the Civil War.

Old Wilkes Jail Museum

The historic Old Wilkes Jail was completed in 1860 and used a s a jail until 1915. Located behind the old Wilkes County Courthouse in Wilkesboro. It has been restored and now contains a museum filled with memorabilia from Wilkes County history and the tour guide has many a tale to tell that will entertain any age.

Historic County Jail

Two-story buff-colored brick building in Renaissance Revival Style. Five bays wide with three center bays recessed and fronted by an arcaded porch with parapeted balcony. Paired one-over-one sash surrounded by concrete or cast stone quoins and garlanded cartouches in window spandrels. Front section of building joined to rear cell block or arcade. THe jail was built on the site of an earlier jail built in 1873. It was listed in the National Register with the former Courthouse in 1979.

Shatley Spring

Located 5 miles north of Jefferson on NC 16 in Ashe County. The water's free at Shatley Springs but the jugs will cost you. Martin Shatley discovered Shatley Springs in 1890, when a dip in its waters cured a life-threatening skin disease. THousands have flocked to the springs since, to cure skin diseases, digestive problems, rheumatism, and nervous twitches. People still come to take the waters, but no more drop by to hike to buffet line. Shatley Springs' huge 1930's style restaurant serves its Southern cooking to about 10,000 visitors a month. Moderately priced meals for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner from May through October.

Statesville, NC

Includes the historic downtown area and four outlying residential districts. Many of the commercial and residential structures are on the National Register of Historic Places and date form 1860. Many fine examples of period architecture exist to this day, including the City Hall (circa 1892), one of the best existing examples of the Richardson Romanesque style.

 

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