Local Attractions

Visit some of the wonderful outdoor destinations near Bessemer City and discover what makes it such a great place to live and visit.

Crowders Mountain State ParkKings Mountain National Military ParkDaniel Stowe Botanical GardenCarowinds Water & Theme ParkLatta PlantationGreen RiverSouth Mountain State ParkGaston County Department of Tourism
522 Park Office Lane
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

Hiking, rock climbing, camping, picnics, educational events and fishing.

Park Hours:
November-February, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
March and October, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
April, May, September, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
June-August, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day

Park office hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Closed state holidays

Crowders Mountain State Park website
Additional information

Located on South Carolina Highway 216.
From Bessemer City, travel on I- 85 South to NC Exit #2.

Kings Mountain National Military Park commemorates a pivotal and significant victory by American Patriots over American Loyalists during the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. The battle fought on October 7, 1780 destroyed the left wing of Cornwallis’ army and effectively ended Loyalist ascendance in the Carolinas.

The victory halted the British advance into North Carolina, forced Lord Cornwallis to retreat from Charlotte into South Carolina, and gave General Nathanael Greene the opportunity to reorganize the American Army.


6500 South New Hope Rd., Belmont, NC 28012
Phone: 704-825-4490

A wonderful botanical garden which rivals some of the world’s best. Created on over 400 acres of land donated by retired textile executive Daniel Stowe, the garden features formal display gardens, perennial gardens, pavilion, orchid conservatory, and several other attractions are planned for the years to come.

Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
The Garden is easily accessible from Interstate 85.

Located 15 minutes from uptown Charlotte at exit 90 (Carowinds Blvd.) off Interstate 77 at the North Carolina/South Carolina border.
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273.

Carowinds features roller coaster rides, water park, concerts & events, over night accommodations. With 13 roller coasters, it’s the thrill capital of the southeast!

Phone: 1-800-888-4386
Group Sales 1-800-4386 ext. 2088


5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078

Historic Latta Plantation was a successful cotton plantation, and is now a living history farm. Come experience what life was like for planters, yeoman farmers, and slaves of the North Carolina backcountry in the early 19th century. Bring the family and make a day of it!


Saluda, NC – Class I, II and III rapids make for great float trips on the scenic Green River.

Local outfitters:
Silver Creek Campground & Whitewater Outfitters, 1-800-510-1603
Green River Cove Campground, 1-800-749-3781
Wilderness Cove Campground, 1-828-749-9100

Nestled deep in the woods, South Mountains State Park is the perfect place to enjoy nature. Here you can see a majestic mountain range peeking out from the gently rolling landscape of the piedmont.

The park includes elevations up to 3,000 feet, a waterfall dropping 80 feet and more than 40 miles of trails. From equestrian camping to trout fishing, mountain biking to picnicking, a number of activities are available at South Mountains State Park.

Visit one of the state’s most rugged parks. Hike the trail to High Shoals Falls to witness the roar of the waterfall as it pours into a large pool. Backpack through the woodlands for primitive camping. Fish for trout in miles of mountain streams, or bicycle along the 18-mile mountain-bike loop.


Park hours:
November-February, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
March and October, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
April, May, September, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
June-August, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day

Park office hours:
8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays
Closed on state holidays

Gaston County offers you a wonderful combination of gardens, parks, historic sites, and shopping delights to make your visit so enjoyable you’ll want to return again and again.


  • Maps – Reach us easily by Interstate or air. We’re on I-85 just west of Charlotte’s big International Airport. Got Amtrak, too.
  • Tour – The Magnolia Tour features 17 of the most interesting and unusual places to visit in Gaston County, including gardens, museums, historic and seasonal sites.
  • Stay – overnight in quaint bed & breakfasts, national chain hotels or other accommodations.
  • Play – Enjoy local arts, cultural and entertainment events, abundant recreational and sports opportunities, including the U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • Dine – in dozens of restaurants of all varieties, including our hometown specialty, the fish camp.
  • Shop – in over 1 million square feet of retail in Franklin Square, our many antique shops, and all kinds of specialty places.
  • Cards – Send an e-postcard with our gallery of attractive Gaston scenes, free to anyone in the world with email.
  • More – For more information, use our email request form. Order our free Visitors’ Guide or our award-winning video of local attractions.