If you’re visiting Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Mt. Pleasant, or Midland, NC, and are wondering what you can do that’s unique to Cabarrus County, you’ve come to the right place. Below are five attractions and activities located in Cabarrus County that you won’t find anywhere else.
1. The Dale Trail
Located in Dale Earnhardt’s hometown of Kannapolis, The Dale Trail is a self-guided tour of Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s life and racing career. The streets of Kannapolis are rich with racing heritage, and the community is extremely proud of its legacy. Travel The Dale Trail to learn more about Dale Earnhardt Sr. and pay tribute to this racing legend.
2. Reed Gold Mine
Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented discovery of gold in the United States. Explore the underground tunnels of the old gold mine and try your luck panning for a fleck of gold from April to October each year.
3. Southern Grace Distilleries
Southern Grace Distilleries is the country’s only whiskey distillery located in a former prison. Take a tour of the old NC State Prison, learn how whiskey is made, and try their award-winning Sun Dog in their solitary confinement tasting bar.
4. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame
Visit the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame to see exclusive exhibits from Carolina-based artists such as Kelly Pickler and Clay Aiken. Each artist has donated their personal outfits, artifacts, and memorabilia for a truly unique display. While you’re there, you can see exhibits honoring racing greats at the Curb Museum.
5. zMAX Dragway
zMAX Dragway is the world’s only four-lane, all concrete drag strip. Known as the “Bellagio of Drag Strips,” zMAX hosts National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) events twice a year and is the first drag strip to feature two tunnels underneath it to increase fan mobility.