Whether you’re already planning a trip to hit the North Carolina Zoo to watch monkeys dangle from trees, giraffes roam or spot exotic animals … or just looking for an easy day trip, Asheboro — only 75 miles west of Raleigh in the Uwharrie Mountains — offers an easy jaunt and plenty of play to entertain. (And we already told you to try the Chicago-style hot dogs you can find in Asheboro.)
So there’s more to Asheboro than the zoo. (But the NC Zoo was scheduled to welcome Dembe, a 5-year-old lowland gorilla who was coming from a zoo in Colorado. Maybe you can squeeze in a stop at the zoo.)
Here are 10 places you’ll want to make the trip to Asheboro for.
Want more wilderness with a side of thrill? Just three miles from the zoo, soar through the foothills via this 14-station zipline (1.5-plus miles of cable).
Take your day trip to new heights (get it?) at this home to historic “Flitfire” (that Orville Wright flew) — a treasure trove of all things aviation (think artifacts, war memorabilia and more).
Hog heaven? Maybe. Hog fans will want to save time for a stop in the American Classic Motorcycle Museum (a small spot above a local diner), with a display old Harleys and plenty of moto memorabilia to boot.
Belly up at this local brewhouse that’s “making great beer for great people since 2015,” with up to 15 beers on tap and recent winner of four NC Brewers’ Cup medals. @foursaintsbrewing
If glaze ’n’ kiln is your thing, Seagrove (about 9 miles south of the zoo) is a potter’s paradise, home to the nation’s largest community of potters. Literally sitting at the end of the “Pottery Highway” (NC 705) that runs from Pinehurst to Seagrove, the Seagrove section is a must visit when nearby, whether its Seagove Creations Pottery Gallery, North Carolina Pottery Center, Jugtown Pottery and more. @ncpotterycenter
If you dig antiques or X, hit up “favorite antique store” Collector’s Antique Mall in the heart of downtown Asheboro, 35,000 square feet of 100 dealers’ vast collections of antiques and collectibles; or if hidden flea-market gems are more your speed, stop in Flea Marketeers.
Both a local and federal historic landmark, this wooden covered bridge that spans the west fork of the Little River is one of two remaining North Carolina covered bridges.
Birkhead Mountains Wilderness
If you’re feeling foresty — think hiking, camping and more — find your inner wild child in the Birkhead Mountain Wilderness, established by the 1984 North Carolina Wilderness Act, covers over 5,000 acres in the Uwharrie National Forest.
Time for nine or 18? Swing by Mike Strantz-designed Tot Hill Farm Golf Club, Rated 4.5 Stars 2008-2009 & ranked the 7th Hardest Course in America by Golf Digest, for a round.
Refuel for the treck back to the Triangle at The Coffee X-change (originally Port City Java), the first full-service coffee shop in Asheboro.
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