In the News
Tourism spending increases in Gaston County for 7th year
As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Michael Barrett
Gaston County is coasting along with much of the rest of the state when it comes to boosting tourism, making incremental strides each year.
No one is complaining about the $251.7 million in tourism revenue that was reaped here in 2016, which marked a 4.2 percent increase from the year prior, according to new figures released by Visit North Carolina. Ninety-seven of North Carolina’s 100 counties saw at least some increase in tourism spending during that period. And Gaston’s tourism revenue has now increased for seven straight years since coming in at $177 million in 2009.
Photo Blogger Becomes County Tourism Partner
As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Eric Wildstein, Photo Credit: Alexandra Love
With the snap of a shutter, a novice photographer turned her hobby into a visual journey through Gaston. And the county’s Travel and Tourism Department wants in.
Alexandra Love is a Realtor by trade, spending most days working from her Belmont office and helping homebuyers purchase their new digs.
Road Rides and Rail Trails
As Seen In: Destination Magazine, Photo Credit: Shannon Irish
Let's say it is recovery day or maybe you're taking the family out for some bicycle bonding time. Consider peddling Gastonia's Avon & Catawba Creek Greenways. Three miles of paved trail connect Lineberger and Ferguson Parks for some creekside riding with loads of spots to view wildlife or stop for a picnic.
Hole in the Wall Joints Shake Shop in Cherryville
As Seen In: Our State August 2017, Author: Sheri Castle
Tried and true these love-worn restaurants are revered, not reviewed: We flock to them for everything they are – cash only, unfussy, hard-to-find – and aren't, because what matters most is always on the inside.
Gaston County Wildflower Walk, Whitewater Wonders, Top Shelf Cuisine
As Seen In: The Original Relocation Guide, Author: Lynn Brandon
About 10 miles southwest of Gastonia there stands a mountain. It rises 1,625 feet high and its name is Crowders. In 1974 the mountain was preserved as Crowders Mountain State Park. The popular mountain and park has made Gaston County a major outdoor destination. In 2016, more than 797,000 people visited Crowders Mountain State Park.
The Jailhouse: A Speak Easy-inspired Escape in Belmont, NC
As Seen In: Epicurean Charlotte June 2017, Author: Courtney Matinata
Upon passing through the discreet, iron-clad back entrance of historic Belmont’s old jailhouse, you’re immediately transported back to the 1960s, a time when this vintage landmark once held the town’s unruly. Adorned with its original barred windows, prison cell doors, and Edison bulb fixtures, the building’s past as a temporary holding site for the city remains unmistakably evident after its recent renovation.
Gaston County Looks to Boost Bike Use
As Seen In: Banner News, Author: Alan Hodge, Photo Credit: Alan Hodge
Bicycle use in our area has increased by leaps and bounds lately and a new program being promoted by Gaston Travel and Tourism hopes to expand two-wheel riding even more.
Dubbed “Zagster” the idea revolves around having racks of bikes strategically placed at various location across Gaston County and available for rental.
A new way to get to Crowders Mountain
As Seen In: Gaston Gazette on July 14, 2017, Author: William Poteat
A new shuttle bus system, geared to begin operating on Saturday, July 22, is aimed at reducing auto congestion and overflowing parking lots at Crowders Mountain State Park.
The Best Hikes in Gaston
As Seen In: Pg 20 Destination Magazine July 2017, Author: Roots Rated
Plant your hiking boot atop the rocky outcroppings on Crowders Mountain and scan the horizon for a bird’s eye view of the Charlotte skyline to savor Gaston County’s premier hiking spot, a semi-urban park that is currently ranked as the third most visited state park in North Carolina. Crowders 25-plus mile looping trail network makes it possible to tackle strenuous climbs and rocky scrambles for as much distance as you can take.
“GO” to Gaston County!
As Seen In: Page 20 of Gaston Lifestyles Magazine, Author: Michael Applegate
The “Gaston Outside” or “GO” marketing campaign is proving to be a runaway success.
Through leadership and funding, provided in large part by Gaston County Travel and Tourism, we recently collaborated with a multitude of community stakeholders, including the Gaston County Economic Development Commission (or EDC), our many municipal partners, local businesses, the Greater Gaston Development Corporation and the Ferebee-Lane Advertising Agency to develop and implement an image and branding campaign to promote our area’s strengths in an inspiring, compelling way. “Gaston Outside” was the result of nearly two years’ worth of research, input, discussion and feedback, all leveraged to spur local pride as well as business and tourism development.
Gaston County Road Trip
As Seen In: Carolina Living
In the past, Gaston County was known for its idyllic rural setting, small towns and proximity to Charlotte (a good area to live and raise children, while being close to the Queen City). Today, there’s so much to offer folks who enjoy a variety of experiences. Plan to spend several days enjoying the attractions and sites – at your own speed.
Gaston County, NC
As Seen In: Carolina Living, Photo Credit: DSBG
Just a few short miles from Charlotte, Gaston County has abundant lifestyle amenities including recreation, museums, small-town charm and so much more that are available to visitors and residents. You’ll have choices here and they’re all good ones.
Gaston County Destinations To Fuel Your Outdoor Adventures
As Seen In: Pg 18 Destination Magazine June 2017, Author: Roots Rated
Who hasn’t bonked on the trail or during a race at one point or another due to packing too light or throwing together the wrong combination of carbs, protein, and hydration? It’s time to put those days of poor planning behind you with a stop at nine locally owned Gaston County shops ready to amp up your performance—and enjoyment—with food and beverage options for everything from your most nutritious to your most decadent day in the outdoors.
How a Group of Students Saved Crowders Mountain
As Seen In: Our State, Author: Greg Lacour, Photo Credit: ISTOCK.COM/DIGIDREAMGRAFIX
In 1971, a group of college students marched to protect a Gaston County treasure from strip-mining. Forty-five years later, some of them reunited to march again.
Regional Report: Gaston County
As Seen In: Special Section of Business NC
In Gaston County, businesses believe in the big ideas. In thinking outside the box. In creating a community that thrives on the big stage without compromising the small town feel we know and love.
It’s why companies like Pharr have been able to start, grow and thrive in Gaston County throughout the years. Having set our roots here in 1939, the Pharr family of companies has witnessed revitalization within McAdenville and success within the organization for many reasons, but one has always been because this county is focused on fostering growth, for its businesses and the communities that are built around them.