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Outdoor History Adventures in Cabarrus County, NC

August 7, 2018

Get your family ready for the upcoming school year with these outdoor history adventures!

Back-to-school is approaching, but there are still so many fun ways to enjoy summer in Cabarrus County! From motorsports history to gold mining, we shared three ideas to get you started with our friends at Charlotte Today.

The Dale Trail

In the heart of his hometown in Downtown Kannapolis, Dale Earnhardt’s friends, neighbors and fans celebrate the life and career of this NASCAR legend. At Dale Earnhardt Plaza, the centerpiece attraction is a nine-foot, 900-pound bronze statue of Earnhardt.

Also featured is a granite monument contributed by Earnhardt fans from Vermont and New York. The Dale Earnhardt Tribute Plaza is one stop along The Dale Trail, a self-guided tour featuring other locations that are significant to Earnhardt’s legacy. Start your adventure by picking up the free map in the Cabarrus County Visitor Center.

Downtown Concord Historic Walking Tour

Grab some coffee or an ice cream cone from Cabarrus Creamery and set out for a stroll along Union Street! This self-guided walking tour takes you back in time through four historic districts with the help of the Downtown Concord, NC app.

Beacons activated through Bluetooth tell the story of over 50 historic sites. See beautiful homes and Concord landmarks that are an important part of North Carolina’s architectural legacy while learning about the stories and locals associated with them. There are also plenty of independent boutiques and restaurants to enjoy along the way. A true local experience!

Reed Gold Mine

Did you know the that America’s first documented discovery of gold happened right here in Cabarrus County? Today, this state historic site is the only underground gold mine in North Carolina open to the public.

Visit Reed Gold Mine to learn the story of a 12-year-old boy who found a 17-pound gold nugget in Little Meadow Creek, then see exhibits of historic mining equipment and enjoy walking trails. You can even pan for gold and explore restored portions of underground tunnels on a guided tour which is a great way to cool off during the hot summer months!


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