The following offers just a brief selection of the many wonderful things to do throughout Lincoln County. If you are in the area, the Chamber also carries an extensive selection of free visitor and activity brochures at the office. For a list of regional annual events, please scroll down.
Ongoing / Permnanent Activities and Attractions
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
Marsha Cloninger Rail Trail (Walking 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)
- North Aspen Street City Park
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
A mountain bike and running trail is located beside the R-Anell Housing Group facility 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.
The Cultural 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|
Lincoln County Farmers Markets, Lincolnton:
April – open Saturday’s at 7:00 am.
May – open on Saturday, Tuesday at 7:00 am until noon..
The following is a brief list of annual events:
Denver Lake Norman Rotary
For more information:
First Weekend in June
Battle of Ramsour’s Mill
Call 704-748-9090 or
4th of July Fireworks and Parade
One County Two Events!
4th of July Fireworks
Lincolnton High School, Lincolnton: 704-736-8915
East Lincoln High School, Highway 73, Denver: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
September: Always the 3rd Saturday of September in Downtown Lincolnton
Time: 9am – 4pm
Call: 704-736-8452 or 704-736-8466
Veteran’s Day Events
November Veteran’s Day Cruise In Downtown Lincolnton
November Veteran’s Day Parade and Ceremonies in Downtown Lincolnton
For additional information, please call Jim Mayhew @ 980-241-1051.
Christmas Parade and Annual Lighting of the Tree
The first Sunday after Thanksgiving
4:00 PM Parade-Tree Lighting following the parade
Downtown Lincolnton: 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.
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.