Gorgeous landscapes, charming towns, abundant parks, beautifulviews, plentiful trails, entertaining events and easy river access. Thesequalities define Gaston County and make it a prime location foroutdoor activities and recreation.
Whether you hike, bike, paddle or climb, the natural spaces in GastonCounty don’t disappoint. While most people are familiar with CrowdersMountain and its amazing views from two towering peaks, there aremany other iconic sites to see in and around our county. Rankin LakePark, Catawba River and South Fork Catawba River, Poston Park, RockyBranch Park, and the U.S National Whitewater Center are all availablefor the public to access throughout the year. Miles of river waters anddensely forested single tracks beckon those who seek quiet solitude orthe thrill of an adrenaline rush.
Many in the County look to the waterways as a source of power for thecommunity, but also as a resource for recreation and renewal. Today,new industries are growing in a welcoming environment forentrepreneurs. The cities and townships that were once forged by thetextile mills have become attractive destinations for people looking forcalmer streets where they can walk, and their children can safely play.In fact, many of the magnificent mill structures currently standing likesilent sentries to a community’s past are now being reimagined andredeveloped as shops, offices, and well preserved historic homes.