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In Gaston County, North Carolina



Getting Here

Gastonia is the largest town in Gaston County, North Carolina and can be found just south of I-85 off of exit 17 in the center of the county. Hwy 321 runs north and south straight through town giving even better access to this booming metropolis.

Things to Do

A three-time All-America City and recipient of the U.S. Conference of Mayors top Livability Award, Gastonia is recognized as one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size, and quality of life. The city’s slogan: Great Place, Great People, Great Promise.

Located a little outside of the downtown but a "Must SEE" is the Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. This museum is one of 70 museums in the U.S. designated as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and features the largest collection of mounted land mammals in the Southeast. Experience galleries with vivid natural history exhibits, plus outdoor recreations of a Catawba Indian Village and an 18th Century Farm. Discover our planetarium, Stone Age site, nature trail, live animal enclosures and many other interactive exhibits.

Other museums include the Alfred C. Kessell Center and the African American Museum of History & Culture both located in the renovated Loray Mill as well as the American Military Museum.


Gastonia began in 1873 as a small railroad depot. The combined effect of the realignment of the Atlanta & Charlotte Airline Railroad (now Norfolk Southern) from its original intended path several miles to the north of the City, and the Chester and Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad (now CSX) and the introduction of the steam powered textile mill. It was the crossing of these two railroads and the beginning of the City's textile industry which brought opportunity to the town.

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Gastonia Honey Hunters

The Gastonia Honey Hunters are a professional baseball team in the Atlantic League based in Gastonia, a "partner league" of Major League Baseball. Their home base is the FUSE District Stadium.

M.O. Owens Worship and Fine Arts Center at Gaston Christian

Phillips Center & Park

Ranlo Park

Stowe Dairy Farms

Grass-fed beef, free-range eggs and sorghum molasses syrup. Agricultural events and educational programming are available.

African American Museum of History & Culture

Found in the Loray Mill is the African American Museum of History Culture.

Bit of Hope Ranch

This nonprofit pairs children with therapy teams that include a licensed professional, an equine specialist and a rescue horse.

Chuck E. Cheese

Gastonia Farmers Market

Sells produce, meats, eggs, dairy products, baked goods and fresh-cut flowers.

Hang Time Golf

HangTime Golf is a driving range located in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Lineberger Park

Gastonia’s first park provides both passive and active recreation opportunities on 18.5 acres.

Martha Rivers Park

Children head straight for “the castle” playground. The wooden structure houses a fort, a ship, a race car, slides and swings.

R.J. Rednour Farms

This farm is open to the public the first Saturday of every month. Visitors may hand feed the animals and guided horseback rides are available.

Sims Legion Park

Home to the Gastonia Grizzlies baseball team this facility makes a great location for your next event.

The Schiele Museum of Natural History

Experience galleries with vivid natural history exhibits, a Catawba Indian Village and an 18th Century Farm and planetarium.

Alfred C. Kessell Center

Carolina Speedway

Roaring to life with spectacular dirt track races the Carolina Speedway is known as “The Action Track”.

Crowders Ridge

Welcome to camp. Crowders Ridge is a ministry to provide camp experiences for everyone. Summer camps. Retreats. Christian school retreats.

Gastonia Grizzlies

Better get your tickets early for the Gastonia Grizzlies! Playing in the Coastal Plain League, fans enjoy an exceptional baseball experience.

Loray Mill

Monkey Joe’s

Rankin Lake Park

The 80-acre lake, complete with fishing pier and boat dock. Canoes, kayaks, johnboats and pedal boats are available to rent.

South Fork River Park

This 44-acre park has 800 feet of river frontage, equipped with a kayak launch and a1-mile paved walking trail.

Adventure Landing

American Military Museum

Center City Park

Gastonia Conference Center

George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes


'Vintage Christmas' Holiday Lights in Downtown Gastonia

Recapturing past magic, Gastonia’s Downtown is displaying vintage-style Christmas lights and decorations throughout the holiday season.

Gaston All American Fair


The Gaston All American Fair is 9 days filled with spectacular rides, live music, food, crafts, jewelry, games, art, music, entertainment, eating contests, a spectacular fireworks show and Soapbox Derby Races. Admission is always free! Beer and wine garden will be available on Friday and Saturday nights.

Bug Day


Explore the wild world of insects, spiders, and other interesting arthropods on Bug Day at The Schiele Museum of Natural History. Learn all about bugs by meeting entomologists, have hands-on opportunities with live insects, and enjoy insect-themed crafts, games and activities.

Spring on the Farm


Celebrate the arrival of spring on The Farm! Meet baby farm animals, explore newly planted gardens and enjoy outdoor activities and displays. The event happens at The Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia.

Gaston MAX


The City of Gastonia and Gaston County Public Library host Gaston MAX (Multicultural Arts Xperience) at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Gastonia. This event and showcase art, music, literature, and culture with food trucks, cultural and artistic vendors, cultural dances and activities, artists, authors, and musical performances.

Fossil Fair


Travel back through time by exploring fossils, rocks, minerals, and the ancient stories they tell. Mine for gemstones, visit our Dino Safari and Tiny Titans exhibits, search for tiny fossils from the Carolina coast, and even meet some living fossils at The Schiele Museum of Natural History.


Cavendish Brewing Company

Cavendish Brewing Company is one of a kind in every way. From the ingredients we use, to the way our brew master monitors every step of the brewing process, our award winning beer is made to stand out from every other beer in the respective categories.

Viva Tequis

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


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

Webb Custom Kitchen

At Webb Custom Kitchen in Gastonia the ambiance takes on its former existence as a theater, plus they serve great food and craft cocktails.


Avon/Catawba Creeks Greenway

Paved, Sidewalk


2.4 Miles One Way

This greenway is paved for its entire length, and much of it is lined by mature trees on both sides of the trail.

Highland Rail Trail

Paved, Gravel


1.5 Miles One Way

A ten foot wide, paved surface trail constructed along the historic Carolina and Northwestern Railway.

Highland Rail Trail Downtown Sidewalk Connection



.5 Miles One Way

This 0.5-mile downtown sidewalk trail connects downtown Gastonia to the Highland Rail Trail.

Rankin Lake Park Trail

Walking, Jogging


1.9 miles

This trail runs through Rankin Lake Park.

620 N. Main St.

Belmont, NC 28012

Phone: 704-825-4044

Toll Free: 1-800-849-9994

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