Paddles, hikes, amazing views, and nature abound. An outdoor enthusiast's best trip to central North Carolina.
Gaston County Travel & Tourism's Response to COVID-19
Given the rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, visitors are encouraged to directly contact the Gaston County hospitality businesses and events promoted here to effectively plan your stay and to be aware of any recent schedule changes.
GastoNCares is a philanthropic effort to provide assistance for the furloughed front line staff of local hotels, attractions, restaurants, retailers and event venues among others.
Stay informed and see how you can help!
GET ACTIVE AT THE U.S. NATIONAL WHITEWATER CENTER
The largest man-made whitewater course in the world accommodates first-time paddlers and elite athletes. With more than 30 land- and water-based activities on 1,300 acres, USNWC is a full-day destination for playing outdoors, dining together, listening to music and making memories.
CHRISTMAS TOWN U.S.A.®
One of the best Christmas lights displays in America takes place in McAdenville. Each December this village transforms into Christmas Town U.S.A.® with trees bedecked in half a million lights. Folks from across the Southeast visit this top-rated Christmas lights display, enjoying a tradition that began in 1956.
DANIEL STOWE BOTANICAL GARDEN
A GARDEN FOR ALL SEASONS
Nationally renowned Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden features spectacular gardens covering 110 acres and drawing visitors year-round. The centerpiece is a large, atrium-like visitor pavilion with a century-old stained-glass dome. A five-story glass orchid conservatory is the only one of its kind in the Carolinas, showcasing orchids and tropical plants.
IT'S TIME TO #GOGASTON
Gaston County offers an abundance of rivers, gentle hills, creek valleys and isolated mountain ridges that make it an ideal destination for those who love the great outdoors.