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5 Reasons to Stay in Gaston County on Your Next Charlotte Business Trip

5 Reasons to Stay in Gaston County on Your Next Charlotte Business Trip

Thursday, 23 June 2016

For frequent business travelers, keeping a healthy routine is difficult, to say the least. Separation from familiar running routes, biking trails, and athletic facilities makes the thought of grabbing an after-work jog a bit daunting. The trend among some savvy travelers is to choose lodging that makes it easy to enjoy a bit of outdoor therapy after a day on the road.

A Guide to Gaston County's Masterpiece Mountain Biking Scene

A Guide to Gaston County's Masterpiece Mountain Biking Scene

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Gaston County sits in a spot where the smooth Western Carolina piedmont begins to bunch up to the foothills of the Tarheel State. For hundreds of years, creeks and rivers flowing through the county have carved away at the banks which surround them, further dramatizing the humps and bumps. The resulting hills and ravines, covered in a canopy of pine and hardwood forests, are the ideal palate for mountain bike trail designers to create masterpieces.  

Crowders Mountain - Climbing

Crowders Mountain - Climbing

Saturday, 25 June 2016

The craggy, quartzite peaks of Crowders Mountain are full of challenging routes and surrounded by great views. As the classic trad climbing destination in the area, the park sees lots of traffic. But with dozens of routes on several walls, there’s room for many climbers. And it’s all less than 45 minutes from uptown Charlotte.

Friday Night Live Concert Series 2013

Friday Night Live Concert Series 2013

Monday, 13 May 2013

Starting Friday, May 17th 2013 will be the Friday Night Live concerts which are are held every other Friday evening from May 17 until September 6 in downtown Belmont, NC. These concerts draw a nice crowd and welcomes family and friends. The concerts run from 7 pm until 10 pm. These concerts are free and open to all, but there is a charge for food and drinks.

8 Awesome Outdoor Events in Gaston County This Summer

8 Awesome Outdoor Events in Gaston County This Summer

Thursday, 16 June 2016

The long days of summer in Gaston County mean heaping helpings of blue skies and sunshine. With a calendar so full of cool outdoor events, you’ll need the extra daylight hours (and possibly a few vacation days) to fit it all in. No matter if your predilection is for paddling, you’re geared for cycling, or a trail run’s your thing, there is something to suit your taste. Here are some events most worthy of those precious summer hours.

Activities at the US National Whitewater Center

Activities at the US National Whitewater Center

Monday, 20 May 2013

Escape your daily routine to spend some time outdoors. The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) located just outside Gaston County has over 24 activities, a restaurant, live music shows and events, we’ve deemed this the perfect playground for both children and adults. Recess is back.

Down Home Festival in Bessemer City, NC

Down Home Festival in Bessemer City, NC

Monday, 06 May 2013

Every year the Down Home Festival offers visitors a chance to enjoy two days of festival fun. This year will be the 25th Down Home Festival and the festival will be bigger than ever.

Fuel for Adventure: The Best Food and Trail Parings in Gaston County

Fuel for Adventure: The Best Food and Trail Parings in Gaston County

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Anchored by stalwarts who have served the county for decades and spiced with newcomers bringing fresh ideas, “grabbing a bite” in Gaston means an eclectic mix of traditional southern and contemporary styles. From the best of southern BBQ to huge buttermilk biscuits covered in country gravy, Gaston County is a destination for anyone seeking true southern comfort food.

A Bit of Hope Ranch: How Horses and Nature Are Helping Troubled Kids in Gaston County

A Bit of Hope Ranch: How Horses and Nature Are Helping Troubled Kids in Gaston County

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Surrounded by open pastures and shady groves, Gaston County's A Bit of Hope Ranch helps kids in distress with an experiential treatment option in a gorgeous setting.

Caravan Coffee

Caravan Coffee

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Great java is, of course, the foundation for a solid coffee shop. But to really stand out, there should be awesome service, tasty snacks, and an atmosphere that makes you want a second cup. The cozy confines of Caravan Coffee in downtown Belmont, NC have all that and more.

Exploring the Carolina Thread Trail in Gaston County

Exploring the Carolina Thread Trail in Gaston County

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Gaston County is full of natural places. From the shores of the Catawba River—where stoic herons stand in wait for their next meal—to the rugged peaks of Crowders Mountain State Park—where a clear day offers views all the way to the Charlotte skyline and beyond. The opportunities to ditch the city and duck into the woods are numerous.    

George Poston Park - Mountain Biking

George Poston Park - Mountain Biking

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Tight, twisty single track, areas of rock and root, and some elevation that makes good use the local topography. The trails at George Poston offer lots of opportunity to practice technical skills in a series of scenic loops.

A Guide to Gaston County's Cant-Miss Spring Events

A Guide to Gaston County's Cant-Miss Spring Events

Saturday, 25 June 2016

In neighborhoods throughout Gaston County, pink and white petals of blooming tulip trees have caught a ride on the season’s first warm breeze. Foliage awakens from its long hibernation—buffering the recently bare edges of rugged trails at Rocky Branch with a brilliant green carpet. And the grounds of the Danial Stowe Botanical Garden are exploding with every imaginable color.

Catawba River - Paddling

Catawba River - Paddling

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Forming the western border of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, and feeding many of the lakes in this part of the piedmont, the Catawba River is the source for some of the best flat water paddling near the Queen City. The section of river that flows past the U.S. National Whitewater Center is smooth and calm with lots of opportunities to duck in small coves and circumnavigate islands. Osprey, hawk, and sparrows roam the skies while bass and carp swim below.

Fish Camps A Gaston County Tradition

Fish Camps A Gaston County Tradition

Monday, 06 May 2013

According to local legend the fish camp received its name in the 1930's from a camp by the name of "Cocker's" located at Seven Oaks Bridge. Apparently the cooks drew water from the river for coffee and cooked fish campstyle in big kettles over an open flame on sawdust covered dirt floors.

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