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.