SUMMER FUN

Summertime just makes people want to get out and explore!  If you’ve done the beach and the mountains and looking for something new, now is the time to try Gaston County.

Come spend the weekend with us!

HIKE BIKE PADDLE 

Get outdoors and become one with nature.

We are a recreational wonderland!

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HIKE

With the help of the Carolina Thread Trail, Gaston County offers more than 25 miles of trails incorporating sidewalks, natural-surface and paved trails, giving our visitors a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature.

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BIKE

With options for athletes, weekend warriors, families with kids, and everyone in between, Gaston County has a ride for you.

PADDLE

Every day is a good day to be on the water if you are in Gaston County as the scenic views, public access areas and boat rental options abound.

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Be sure to check out these must see attractions.

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A WORLD OF PLAY

Play outside. The recreational activities in Gaston County are abundant.

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THRILL SEEKERS

High-energy rapids are also available for those who like to challenge themselves on

class II-IV whitewater. At the Whitewater Center a professional guide will show you the way to lead your raft down the world’s largest

man-made, recirculating

whitewater river.

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SEE THE WORLD FROM UP HIGH

There are two attractions in the County where one can climb to view the World up high, 

Crowders Mountain,  and Whitewater Center, one of the largest outdoor climbing facilities in the region, offers rope routes, bouldering, a 46-foot tall spire for sport and top rope climbing as well as several ziplines and a canopy tour.

SLEEP UNDER THE STARS

A great way to conclude an outdoor adventure in Gaston County is to sleep under the stars by camping at either Crowders Mountain State Park or Kings Mountain State Park.

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A DAY AT THE PARK

With over 80 parks within the County, enjoyment of the outdoors is easily obtained anywhere your adventure might lead.

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PLAYGROUNDS
& SPRAYGROUNDS

While most of our parks offer playgrounds, the one you absolutely must see is at Goat Island Park in Cramerton. If you need to cool off check out the spraygrounds at Harper Park,

Lineberger Park or Ranlo Park.

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SUMMER SPLASH

Most of our towns allow visitors to access their public pools for a reasonable rate. While you are here check out the pools in Bessemer City, Cherryville, Cramerton and Gastonia.

SHOUT & CHEER

ART & CULTURE

Delight in the beauty of a garden for all seasons, saunter through an art gallery or revel in the performances from our local actors then pick through antiques located along our historic main streets.  Let us show you how arts and culture take center stage in Gaston County. 
Delight in the beauty of a garden for all seasons, saunter through an art gallery or revel in the performances from our local actors then pick through antiques located along our historic main streets.  Let us show you how arts and culture take center stage in Gaston County. 

ART & CULTURE

Origins of Culture Found in Our Museums

Explore Arts
in Gaston County

Unique Finds
Antiques

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THE RIDGELINE
CRAFT BEVERAGE TRAIL

The Ridgeline Craft Beverage Trail features breweries, distilleries and wineries in Gaston and Cleveland County . Each has its own unique feel and culture and experienced altogether on the trail makes it a great weekend getaway.

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UNIQUE EATS

These are our favorite places to eat in the summer in Gaston County!

Pita Wheel

Serving funky creative pitas in a casual place. Not only can you get your favorite pita fix but craft beer are on tap too.

The String Bean

Daily specials offered in addition to its normal lunch and dinner menu items, all consistent with our brand of casual southern fare.

Jack Beagle's

JackBeagle's takes pride in the preparation of our award-winning food using fresh ingredients, preparing home-made sauces, and using the best ingredients possible!

Jekyll and Hyde Taphouse and Grill

Jekyll & Hyde Taphouse & Grill is a steampunk gastropub and brewery where you will find a large selection of freshly brewed beers, wine for any palate and our signature craft cocktails.

Viva Tequis

Viva Tequis serves up delicious Mexican street food in downtown Gastonia.

Terra Mia

Terra Mia in McAdenville is an Italian delight. They pride themselves on providing pizza dough and pasta made fresh daily.

JR Cash's Grill & Bar

JR Cash's Grill & Bar in Mount Holly is a great place to sit back on their covered patio and overlook the Catawba River.

Barrister's

Barrister's located in the boutique Esquire Hotel in Gastonia where the food is locally sourced and the decor is thoughtfully appointed.

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STAY WITH US

National hotel chains, bed-and-breakfasts and AirBnBs are among the diverse options for making the most of your visit to Gaston County, North Carolina. Click on the listings below to check out local hotels, then book your stay online.

Home2 Suites by Hilton

Home2 Suites by Hilton

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Fairfield Inn by Marriott

Fairfield Inn by Marriott

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Hampton by Hilton - Belmont

Hampton by Hilton - Belmont

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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

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Hampton by Hilton - Gastonia

Hampton by Hilton - Gastonia

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Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn

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Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

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The Esquire Hotel

The Esquire Hotel

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

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Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott

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VISITORS GUIDE

Get your FREE Gaston County Visitors Guide and start planning your vacation today!A printed version of our FREE visitor guide can be sent by mail. Simply fill out and submit the form below.
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