Get ready to take it outside! Join us for 30 Days of Fun and Frolic in the Heart of North Carolina. April showers bring spring flowers. In the Heart of NC, however, the flowers and fun are already here. We’ve crafted a special “insider’s guide” to April. Use this list of destinations and fun to guide you to the outdoor gems you’ll find across our beautiful area. You won’t want to miss a single experience...and remember, these outdoor destinations are open and ready to welcome you now and throughout fall, 2020.
No fooling! You really CAN experience Africa right here in Asheboro at the North Carolina Zoo. Zoofari opens for the 2020 season TODAY.
Give into that spring fever; play hooky from work and soar through the forest on Richland Creek’s Zipline Canopy Tour. Fly above Richland Creek and Mendenhall Waterfalls in the shadow of Purgatory Mountain at this attraction with 14 ziplines, three sky bridges, and one swinging bridge for an adrenaline rush in some of our most scenic wilderness areas.
Make plans to stop in at Seagrove Orchids and pick up a few pieces of Spring-inspired pottery along the Pottery Highway--the perfect way to bring the outside in.
April 4 Go on an Easter Egg Hunt! Lots of choices today:
Easter Eggstravaganza at North Asheboro Park
Easter Egg Hunt at Creekside Park
Randleman Parks & Rec Easter Egg Hunt
Songwriter Sunday at Zimmerman Vineyards. Come enjoy talented local musicians in this intimate setting at the base of Mt. Shepherd in Trinity, NC. Stroll the vineyards, do a tasting, and bask in the beautiful views. The vineyard is open Saturday 12 - 6 pm, and Sunday 1 - 6 pm. Songwriter Sunday is a FREE event from 3 to 5 pm every Sunday through October.
Fruity Picking Story Time at Millstone Creek Orchards. This wonderful children's event occurs monthly, and in April they will be talking all about Spring blooms! Millstone Creek Orchards is a u-pick family farm offering many varieties of in-season produce. While there, stop by the Apple Barn Country Store to purchase bakery and cannery items and try their famous fresh-pressed apple cider, as well as raw honey, jams, and jellies.
Play through at the Asheboro Municipal Golf Course, designed by famed golf course architect Donald Ross in 1935. Want more options? Click here for more courses!
Plan a picnic at the Pisgah Covered Bridge--the ultimate place for a picnic or Instagram photoshoot. Insider tip: You can get a fried chicken meal to go or pack your basket with other Southern goodies and sandwiches at the Fresh Cuts Deli in Seagrove.
Take a Hike! Discover the Deep River Rail Trail, a three-quarter-mile trail created by the old railroad bed perfect for biking, jogging, and fishing. Looking for something a little more challenging? Check out the trails in the Uwharrie Mountains/Birkhead Wilderness for uphill hikes. You may even find some arrowheads and evidence of early settlers!
Dine outside this weekend: When you plan your getaway weekend to Seagrove, the Zoo or our other outdoor destinations, also line up outdoor dining experiences at The Table Farmhouse Bakery or Magnolia 23 in downtown Asheboro. In case of rain, check out this great list of restaurants located in #theHeartofNC.
Get Your Easter On!
Eggstravaganza at the Zoo
Easter Egg Hunt at Millstone Creek Orchards, 11 am - 3 pm
Eggstravaganza at the North Carolina Zoo continues! Plan to explore the world's largest natural habitat wildlife park today to catch a glimpse of some of the sweet babies on habitat. Stop by the Chimpanzee habitat to get a peek at babies Asha and Obi, and the Watani Grasslands to check out our adorable baby Rhinos!
Grab your helmet and board and head over to Asheboro Skate Park for an afternoon of fun! This indoor/outdoor facility has more than 2,500 interior and 7,500 exterior square feet of surface and is open 4 - 7 pm during the week, 10 am - 7 pm on Saturday, and 1 - 7 pm on Sunday.
Plan to spend the day outside at Randleman Lake and Marina. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day boating, fishing, sailing, kayaking or paddle boating. The marina does not rent these, so remember to bring your own!
Get into the Spring spirit at Creekside Park and Disc Golf Course. This 107-acre park offers a variety of active, as well as passive, recreational opportunities. Amenities include tennis courts, baseball/softball/t-ball fields, picnic shelters, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, 18-hole championship disc golf course with beginners loop, orienteering course, and 3 miles of scenic walking trails along Muddy Creek.
Take a hike today at Purgatory Mountain! The trailhead is located to the left of the North America entrance at the North Carolina Zoo. Plan to head to the zoo on April 18th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! The zoo is committed to green practices and offers sustainable, reusable cups when on the property and bins marked Compost, Landfill, and Recycle throughout the park. Grab a bite to eat at Iron Hen or Billy D’s Fried Chicken--two restaurants within the park using locally sourced, more sustainable ingredients.
Camp, hike and explore the Uwharrie National Forest. With approximately 51,000 acres of National Forest System lands across three counties, there are plenty of recreational activities. "The Uwharrie Mountains have the distinction of being possibly the oldest mountain range in America — more than 500 million years old. Scientists believe that the area was once a chain of huge volcanic peaks reaching 20,000 feet high."
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with offerings from the Earth! Head down to Seagrove, the Pottery Capital of the U.S. and check out one of the many Spring kiln openings!
27th Annual Kovack Pottery Spring Event
Annual King Family Wood Fired Kiln Opening
Latham's Pottery Spring Open House
More kiln openings and pottery events to choose from today in Seagrove! Make a day out of it and grab lunch at Seagrove Family Restaurant or Fresh Cuts Deli.
Learn more about the Seagrove Potters. Stop by the NC Pottery Center today to bulk up on your history, then head over to galleries that host multiple potters works, such as Seagrove Pottery and Seagrove Creations, for a great pottery overview of the entire area.
We have one of the world’s premier iron foundries right here in Seagrove. Visitors can make appointments to tour Carolina Bronze Sculpture--a fascinating studio where statues of presidents, horses and sculptures seen around the globe have been cast. After the tour, take a stroll of the Sculpture Gardens. The garden and foundry are open Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Make a day of it at Kersey Valley Attractions. Fly high on the ziplines, test your endurance on the high ropes course, or get a workout throwing axes. Kersey Valley is also home to a cornfield maize, escape rooms, laser tag, and Spookywoods, voted scariest Haunted Attraction and Trails in NC. Spookywoods has been featured on the Travel Channel, USA Today and many other publications as a Top Haunted Attraction in America.
Go antiquing at the Liberty Antiques Festival today and tomorrow from 8 am - 4 pm. With original antiques from over 400 dealers, you're sure to find that perfect piece. The best part? No reproductions EVER. Although you’ll howl about the great deals and treasured finds you’ll take home with you, your pets need to stay at home today.
Fill your belly at the Ramseur Food Truck Festival, 9 am - 6 pm. Located in downtown Ramseur, there will be food trucks, arts, crafts, and entertainment all day!
Immerse yourself in aviation history at the NC Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame! See stunning military artifacts and civilian memorabilia from WWI to the present including an impressive collection of military vehicles, weapons, equipment, uniforms, and a flight simulator; and a Piper J-3 "Flitfire" flown by Orville Wright.
Get on the water at Lake Lucas. Rent a Jon boat, kayak, or canoe when you get here and grab some bait from the bait shop for a day full of fishing. Not into fishing today? There is a 1/4 mile walking trail, picnic shelter, and playground for children as well.
Make a reservation to get in the saddle at Routh Horse Ranch. Located in Franklinville, the ranch offers horseback riding trails and Western trail riding instruction on scenic horse trails winding through woods, fields, and streams. Trail riding is on Saturdays by advanced reservation only.
Enjoy the scenery at Commerce Square Park in Randleman, then scoot over to the Petty Museum and Petty's Garage to brush up on your history of NASCAR legend, "The King" Richard Petty and his family.
Take the family and enjoy a picnic lunch in Bicentennial Park in historic downtown Asheboro. When you're finished, take a stroll down Sunset Ave., popping into the Collectors Antique Mall and the Flea Marketeers to scout out treasures that are just waiting to be found.
Now that you have the scoop on April, want to learn more or see what's coming up in May? Order a FREE travel guide and check out the event calendar on our site. Visit and share your excursion on social using any of our hashtags. You can follow these hashtags to plan your next adventure, too: #TheHeartOfNC #TakeItOutside #30DaysofFunAndFrolic. We'll see you soon!