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Cabarrus County, North Carolina: "Where Racing Lives"

Known as the heart of NASCAR Country, Cabarrus County is home to the legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway and to an exciting racing heritage. Not only was the first official race held here in 1960, but this is where the greatest concentration of NASCAR teams are headquartered. That, plus a ton of things to see and do, makes Cabarrus County a popular year-round destination. From the high octane excitement of racing-themed attractions to shopping, restaurants, history, sports and recreation, Cabarrus has it all. Nestled in the gently rolling countryside of the Carolina Piedmont, Cabarrus County is located in south-central North Carolina just a 20 minutes  northeast of the burgeoning city of Charlotte. The region is home to more than 1.8 million people and includes the cities of Kannapolis, Concord and the town of Harrisburg. Cabarrus County is experiencing a rapid growth in population and development with new hotels, attractions and venues popping up all the time. And you're invited to explore this website to discover all that Cabarrus County has to offer.

Conveniently located a few minutes to the northeast of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport -- is home to many of the Charlotte region's top visitor attractions including Charlotte Motor Speedway in the City of Concord in Cabarrus County as well as many NASCAR race shops, Concord Mills Mall, Sea Life and a host of other world class attractions.

With its warm, friendly people and inviting Southern hospitality, Cabarrus County is a clean, beautiful and diverse region that is dynamic with an ambitious can-do spirit. With its trees, lakes and green open spaces, the region is steeped in NASCAR racing heritage and a commitment to family and faith that embraces the innovative, aspires to be the best in all of its endeavors while preserving traditions and not compromising on superb quality of life.

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Learn more about Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland and Mount Pleasant.

Kannapolis, North Carolina
Holding the title of Cabarrus County's second largest city, Kannapolis was developed by James William Cannon when he undertook a major expansion of the Cannon Manufacturing Company in 1907. Initially, Kannapolis consisted primarily of houses erected by Cannon Manufacturing and Cabarrus Cotton Mills. This housing remains intact today, and Kannapolis has one of the largest and best-preserved mill villages in the South. In Cannon Village in Kannapolis (Dale Earnhardt's hometown), race fans can tour landmarks along The Dale Trail and pay respects to the NASCAR legend at the Dale Earnhardt Plaza/Tribute with its larger-than-life statue, granite memorial and Sam Bass art exhibit. www.kannapolisnc.gov

Midland, North Carolina
This small Cabarrus County community is home to Reed Gold Mine. Visit the place where 12-year-old Conrad Reed made the nation's first gold discovery in 1799. The 17-pound nugget was used as a doorstop for three years before his father sold it for $3.50. Tour the Midland, NC Visitors Center, restored underground tunnels and reconstructed stamp mill. Hike and explore the Talking Rocks Trail. See gold mining exhibits. Try your luck panning for gold (panning seasonal April-Oct).  www.townofmidland.us

Mount Pleasant, North Carolina
By the 1830s, Mount Pleasant had emerged. The North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church established a male academy there in 1853. When the school was elevated to college status in 1858, the outlook for the area looked bright, but the college failed to regain its footing after the Civil War. The town retains several mid-19th-century buildings related to its early educational institutions and a fine collection of 19th and early 20th century residences. www.townofmountpleasantnc.org

Cabarrus County, North Carolina: Where Racing Lives
Known as the heart of NASCAR Country, Cabarrus County is home to the legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway and to an exciting racing heritage. Not only was the first official race held here 53 years ago, but this is where the greatest concentration of NASCAR teams are headquartered. That, plus a ton of things to see and do, makes Cabarrus County a popular year-round destination. From the high octane excitement of racing-themed attractions to shopping, restaurants, history, sports and recreation, Cabarrus has it all. Nestled in the gently rolling countryside of the Carolina Piedmont, Cabarrus County is located in south-central North Carolina just a 20 minutes  northeast of the burgeoning city of Charlotte. The region is home to more than 1.8 million people and includes the cities of Kannapolis, Concord and the town of Harrisburg. Cabarrus County is experiencing a rapid growth in population and development with new hotels, attractions and venues popping up all the time. And you're invited to explore this website to discover all that Cabarrus County has to offer.

With its warm, friendly people and inviting Southern hospitality, Cabarrus County is a clean, beautiful and diverse region that is dynamic with an ambitious can-do spirit. With its trees, lakes and green open spaces, the region is steeped in NASCAR racing heritage and a commitment to family and faith that embraces the innovative, aspires to be the best in all of its endeavors while preserving traditions and not compromising on superb quality of life.

Concord, North Carolina
Concord is Cabarrus County's largest city. It was established in 1796 near the center of the county to serve as the seat of local government. It began as a small hamlet and became the major cotton market for an area that included parts of several surrounding counties. Concord retains its handsome neighborhoods of fine Italianate, Queen Anne and Colonial Revival residences to the north and south of the central business district. The city was named as a symbol of harmony after much lively discussion about whether the center of trade should be in the northern or southern part of the county. Concord Mills Mall, the shopping entertainment destination of the Carolinas and most popular visitor attraction in North Carolina, features over 200 stores including manufacturer and retail outlets and interactive stores like Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. Other popular shopping destinations include Carolina Mall and Historic Downtown Concord.   View The Historic Downtown Concord Virtual Tour!

Harrisburg, North Carolina
Founded by Scots-Irish settlers whose decedents still live here, Harrisburg lies in the southwestern part of Cabarrus County. The town is home to the US Legends Car International, the largest manufacturer of race cars in the world. An old slice of Americana still exists as the town hosts one of the largest 4th of July parades in the region bringing in more than 50,000 visitors. www.harrisburgnc.org

 
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