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by Gaston, NC


Paddle then Chill
on the Ridgeline Craft Beverage Trail

Gaston County is quickly becoming known as an affordable and easily approachable getaway for people looking to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors Let us show you how to turn one of our outdoor activities into a weekend getaway.


Half-Day Guided Kayak Tours
Gaston County

If you are ready to experience an authentic river with experienced guides, this half-day paddling experience is for you! Reserve your space, then meet us at The Boathouse on the South Fork of the Catawba River, located just west of Charlotte, NC.

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Fun and Games 
On the Ridgeline Craft Beverage Trail

In a place known for an extraordinarily broad array of outdoor recreation choices, there is no better way to wind down after your adventures than relaxing with friends and family on the comfortable patios, decks and landscapes found at our partner locations.


While it is true that western North Carolina is home to some of the tallest mountains east of the Mississippi, did you know that there are also mountains in the Piedmont region? Gaston County’s Crowders Mountain State Park offers stunning views as it towers over the surrounding flat land like the skyscrapers only minutes down the road in uptown Charlotte. 

Turn this stunning view into 
your next weekend getaway!

Turn this stunning view into 
your next weekend getaway!

Turn this stunning view into 
your next weekend getaway!


Paddling in Cramerton 
Makes a Memorable Day

Once a thriving mill town, Cramerton, NC, nestled on the banks of the South Fork of the Catawba River, has reinvented itself using its natural assets to create a great place for people to get outside and enjoy nature. 

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An Outdoor Getaway Awaits 
On the Water in Mount Holly, NC

Here is how to enjoy a weekend in Mount Holly by getting outside and onto the Catawba River in Gaston County, located just outside of Charlotte, NC. 

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Art-centric Fun in Belmont

The Museum of the Moon will be exhibited in downtown Belmont for three weekends serving as the backdrop for a series of lunar-inspired events. Over the centuries, the moon has been used as a timekeeper, calendar, and source of light to aid nighttime navigation. The evenings and weekends will evoke passion and exploration as the ethereal blue light cast by the full moon serves as the perfect environment for art exhibitions, theater performances, and a variety of musical concerts. We hope the exhibit will be an educational experience of a lifetime and inspire the next generation of scientists, artists, poets, writers, and musicians from Gaston County. During Halloween weekend, the mysterious dark side of the moon will surely invite the most ghoulish of them all into downtown for a “spooktacular” good time.

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Christmas County –
A Holiday Extravaganza
in Gaston County

Don’t miss Christmas County, an extravaganza of festivals and events designed to celebrate this special time of year exclusively in Gaston County.

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Casino Excitement is Here!

Now open in its pre-launch temporary facility, Catawba Two Kings Casino brings great gaming action with the newest slot machines and electronic table games in a smoke-free environment. As this facility continues to expand on the types of gaming and number of machines, it will quickly become North Carolina’s premier gaming facility.


Follow in the Footsteps of Pro Athletes

Many pro athletes were born in Gaston County, North Carolina. Greats in just about every sport – from basketball to baseball to swimming – all got their start here.

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Water Preservation Creates Unique Outdoor Experiences for Travelers

Meet John Searby, the Executive Director of Catawba Riverkeeper. As a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, he uses his passion for nature in his position at this North Carolina non-profit. We chatted with Searby about the importance of the Catawba River and Catawba Riverkeeper, the best Catawba River experiences, and the non-profit’s future. 


Reconnecting with Family on the Riverbend of Gaston County

With summer vacation right around the corner, my husband and I decided to plan a weekend getaway for our family of four. We searched for destinations within driving distance of our home outside of Atlanta, and we stumbled across Just 30 minutes away from Charlotte and packed with outdoor activities, Gaston County looked ideal for our family weekend outdoor adventure.

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