Things to do in Lincoln County

With so many great things to do, it is hard to know where to start and if you have missed something.  I went on to the Lincoln County Chamber site and they have a great list of things to do in Lincoln County.  Check out these places!

Betty G. Ross Recreation Park

Betty G. Ross Recreation Park The Betty G. Ross Recreation Park is located on South Grove Street in Lincolnton and offers a wide variety of recreational activities: a nature trail that is just under a mile in length and runs along the wooded bank of the South Fork River; a large covered shelter with a grill makes an ideal location for an afternoon picnic. Visitors can enjoy the specified areas for volleyball, horseshoes, and a large children’s playground.

When weather permits, there is a swimming pool that is open seven days a week starting in June until Labor Day Weekend. The William M. Lentz inside court activities include basketball, racquetball, and handball.

For more information, please contact the Recreation Department at 704-735-2671.

Marsha Cloninger Rail Trail (Walking Trail)

Rail Trail
Join the popular walking trail at:

  • East Sycamore Street (parking spaces along side of street)
  • Poplar Street (entrance from stairs-No parking access)
  • South Academy Street (parking spaces along street)
  • Government and Congress Streets (parking lot at stop light of intersection)
  • Motz Avenue (parking spaces along street)
  • Betty Ross Park (William Lentz Center parking lot)
    Energy Explorium

    Duke Power built this unusual facility in 1986 on the shores of Lake Norman on NC Highway 73 in Mecklenburg County. The Explorium and related facilities are available both as an educations and enjoyable experience. The Explorium is an energy information center of Duke Power, with hands on exhibits that deal with how electricity is used in the home and how Duke Power makes electricity. They offer a 20-minute movie on Lake Norman and the lake community, a widflower garden, nature trail, picnic area, fishing area, and outdoor exhibits on the environment and Duke’s generating facilities.

    The Energy Explorium is open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and on Saturday from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m. The facility is closed on Sunday, New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.  For additional information, please call 1-800-777-0003.

Denver Mountain Bike and Running Trail

arnell_trail_1A new mountain bike and running trail beside the R-Anell Housing Group facility recently opened in the Denver area.  The trail is located by entering through the R-Anell gate off Highway 16 North near the south side entrance of Rock Springs Elementary School.  The bike trail is open daily from dusk to dawn and is free to the public.  The open time is strictly enforced by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.  Motorized vehicles are prohibited. Helmets are required.

For additional information, please contact Keith at Blood Sweat and Gears at 704-822-8803.

Lincoln Cultural Center

Located at 403 East Main Street in Lincolnton, the Lincoln Cultural Center is the center of arts and history in Lincoln County. The former Baptist Church, built in 1923, now provides a performance venue for theatrical productions by the resident Lincoln Theatre Guild, concerts presented by the Lincoln Community Concert Association. and other local and national acts.

Lincoln Cultural Center The center is also home to the Arts Council of Lincoln County, featuring rotating visual art exhibits and public community art classes. The Lincoln County Historical Association operates the Lincoln County Museum of History, housed in the center along with its archival libaries, donated collections, research areas, and offices.

The Lincoln Cultural Center facilities are also available to the public for rental for private and community events. To learn more, please call 704-732-9055. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.


A fine selection of golf and country clubs awaits:

Lincoln Country Club 704-735-1382
Glen Oaks Country Club 704-428-2451
Verdict Ridge Golf Club 704-489-1206
Cowan’s Ford Country Club 704-827-3088
Westport Golf Club 704-489-8088

Farmer’s Markets

Lincoln County Farmers Markets
April 18th – open Saturday’s at 7:00 am.
May 30th – open on Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:00 am.

Denver / East Lincoln
May 3rd Onwards
Rock Springs Elementary School, Denver
8:00 am until noon or sellout (Saturdays only)

Alive After Five

Music and dancing in the streets of Lincolnton.
Held May through September on the last Thursday of each month.
For additional information, please call the Downtown Lincolnton Association at 704-736-8915.

Annual Events

The following is a brief list of annual events:

Denver Strawberry Festival

May, Lisa Taylor, 704-489-0070

Denver Days

Dana DeHart – 704-488-2588

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Hog Happenin’

June 5 & 6th  Downtown Lincolnton.
Call 704-736-8915

Battle of Ramsour’s Mill

June: Re-Enactment.
Call 704-748-9090 or
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4th of July Fireworks and Parade

One County Two Events!

4th of July Fireworks
Lincolnton High School, Lincolnton: 704-736-8915
5th of July Fireworks
East Lincoln High School, Highway 73, Denver: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Apple Festival

September: Always the 3rd Saturday of September in Downtown Lincolnton
Time: 9am – 4pm
Cost: Free
Call: 704-736-8452 or 704-736-8466
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Veteran’s Day Events

November 8, 2009 Veteran’s Day Cruise In
Downtown Lincolnton

November 11, 2009 Veteran’s Day Parade and Ceremonies
Downtown Lincolnton

For additional information, please call 704-736-8915.

Christmas Parade and Annual Lighting of the Tree

Downtown Linconton: Call 704-736-8915

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

All month in December
Friday and Saturday only, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Call: 704-736-8915 Friday and Saturday only.


About Michelle Nantz

There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional: integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills, and a high-quality professional network ~ all of which are hallmarks of Michelle Nantz. In 2003, Michelle began her career in real estate, after a successful career in restaurant and hotel management with her last position as Regional Director of Operations running 56 hotels throughout two states. She owes her success in real estate and management to her expertise in people skills, managing, negotiating, and follow-up. However, it is Michelle’s dedication to quality service that she ultimately credits her success. Michelle shared, “In my experience as a Lake Norman real estate professional, I’ve found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to their needs.” This “client first” philosophy combined with continual personal improvement and keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies is a cornerstone of both Michelle’s and Lake Norman Realty’s business philosophy. In addition to Michelle’s extensive real estate education and her experience in the local market, she is also an Accredited Staging Professional®, which brings additional value to marketing her clients’ homes. Michelle and her family have made the Lake Norman area their home for over 10 years. In her rare leisure moments, you’ll find Michelle with her three children and husband, or unwinding with gardening or reading. “I live and work in this community and only have the best interests of our community and its members in mind,” says Michelle. Her community activities include participation in Denver Days, Relay for Life and support for Christian Ministries and area schools.
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