What's in your heart? Amid the lush rolling hills of the Piedmont Triad, Asheboro is the proud home of the North Carolina Zoo, a dazzling natural habitat venue housing 1,100 North American and African animals, 41,000 plants from two continents, a huge collection of public art, five miles of walking trails, and the opportunity for you to connect your life to wildlife. Hosting three-quarters of a million visitors a year, including 120,000 school children, the North Carolina Zoo is premier edutainment at its finest.
Asheboro's revitalized downtown features popular new restaurants, art galleries, outdoor sculptures, vibrant murals, and unique shopping including Betsy Browne Pottery, the Downtown Train Mural, Sarah Smith Self Gallery, Collector's Antique Mall, and William Ivey Fine Antiques & Pottery - just to name a few! It has also become hot spot for celebrated summer events including the Summer Concert Series at Bicentennial Park and Cruisn' Asheboro.
Also in Asheboro Caraway Speedway is a .455 mile paved oval NASCAR-sanctioned track that features weekly racing events. Regarded as one of the most competitive and best-maintained short tracks in NASCAR's Atlantic Region, it hosts a number of regular divisions of weekly racing, including late model and limited stocks, as well as a super truck division. The speedway is a regular host to Whelen Southern Modified tour events.
Immerse yourself in aviation history at the North Carolina Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame where you will see stunning military and civilian memorabilia and an impressive collection of airworthy, vintage military aircraft dating from World War II through Vietnam.
View one of the largest private collections of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles in the country at the American Classic Motorcycle Museum.
Asheboro Copperheads summer baseball is a popular summertime entertainment choice drawing thousands to Asheboro's tradition-rich McCrary Park for collegiate wooden bat play featuring the Coastal Plain League's rising stars.
For those in search of outdoor adventure, the 1984 North Carolina Wilderness Act established a portion of the ancient Uwharrie Mountain range as the Birkhead Mountains Wilderness Area, featuring 5,160 acres of designated hiking trails where evidence of early Indians and settlers can often be found. Asheboro is home to two popular entrances to the Uwharries found on Tot Hill Farm and Lassiter Mill Roads. The nearby Pisgah Covered Bridge, one of two remaining covered bridges in North Carolina, is a great spot for photography, picnics and nature walks.
Zip through the forest along Richland Creek at the base of Purgatory Mountain one more than one mile of cable at Richland Creek ZipLine Canopy Tour - voted a Top 100 Expo Adventure in 2010.
Tot Hill Farm Golf Club, just off Hwy 49 southwest of Asheboro, is the only 4.5 star rated course in the Piedmont Triad and was recently ranked the 7th Hardest Course in America by Golf Digest. Asheboro Country Club is located in the Caraway Mountains area west of Asheboro is an 18-hole championship course that cuts through tall oaks and towering pines and features a spring-fed lake. Designed by the famed Donald Ross in 1935, Asheboro Municipal Golf Course is a popular public nine hole course on 56 acres of property that features beautiful tree-lined greenways.
Asheboro is situated approximately 70 miles from both the North Carolina state capital of Raleigh and its largest city, Charlotte, with the major highways US Highway 64, NC Highway 49, and US Highway 220 (the future route of Interstates 73/74) passing through it. It's exactly where you want to be this summer!