Sleep Inn & Suites
621 SR 24-27 Bypass
Albemarle, NC 28001
Phone: (704) 983-2770
Fax: (704) 982-3009
Taking its name from the Uwharrie Mountains, Uwharrie National Forest is the smallest in North Carolina, occupying 50,645 acres (20495.30 hectares). The site of a small-scale gold rush during the time of the Great Depression, gold panning in the water bodies is still a popular activity at Uwharrie National Forest. The forest is ideal for a range of recreational activities, from mountain biking and fishing to hiking and horse riding.
Even before the great gold rush out West, North Carolina was experiencing its own gold-fever. The first documented gold find in the United States took place on a small farm outside of Charlotte, and is now the site of the Reed Gold Mine. The site has been restored and now offers guided tours through sections of the underground tunnels, picnic areas, and a visitor center with informational displays that showcase the important history of the area. Multiple events take place throughout the year, including the "Haunted Mine Tour" on Halloween and open gold-panning competitions in the summer months. Check out the website for updated dates and detailed directions- as the mine is located about 30 minutes outside of central Charlotte.
Concord Speedway is located in Midland, North Carolina and was built by race promoter Henry Furr. The track initially had a seating capacity for 12,000 people but it has got downsized to accommodate a dirt berm. This track had hosted 12 NASCAR Grand National events between 1956 and 1964. The park has two tracks - a half-mile tri-oval and a quarter-mile oval and has has several air-conditioned suites located behind the main grandstand.