Things to Do

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.

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.

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

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

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 libraries, 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

Glen Oaks Country Club

Verdict Ridge Golf Club

Cowan’s Ford Country Club

Westport Golf Club

Farmer’s Market

Denver Market

Rescue Squad Park
7835 Galway Lane
Denver, NC 28037
Phone: 704-748-1518
When: Saturdays (8am – Noon)

The Market at DSS

1136 East Main Street
Lincolnton, NC 28092
Phone: 704-748-1518
When: Tuesdays/Thursdays (8am- Noon)

Lincolnton Market

225 West Water Street
Lincolnton, NC 28092
Phone: 704-748-1518
When: Saturdays (8am – Noon)


Lincoln County Parks and Recreation
Ph: 704-736-1518
Fax: 704-748-1519

Annual Events

Denver Days

Denver Lake Norman Rotary
For more information email:

Battle of Ramsour’s Mill

June: Re-Enactment.
The first weekend of June
For more information call 704-748-9090 or Email:

4th of July Fireworks and Parade

One County Two Events!

Parade in Downtown Lincolnton

Fireworks at Lincolnton High School
For more information call 704-736-8915.
Fireworks at East Lincoln High School, Highway 73 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Apple Festival

October: Downtown Lincolnton
Time: 9am – 4pm
Cost: Free
For more information call 704-530-4636.

Veteran’s Day Events

November Veteran’s Day Cruise-In Downtown Lincolnton
November Veterans Day Parade and Ceremonies in Downtown Lincolnton
For more information call Jim Mayhew at 980-241-1051.

Christmas Parade and Annual Lighting of the Tree

The first Sunday after Thanksgiving. Parade starts at 4:00 PM, Tree Lighting follows the parade.
For more information call 704-736-8915.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

All month in December
Friday and Saturday only, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
For more information call 704-900-9659.

1st Annual New Year’s Eve Apple Drop!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The City of Lincolnton hosts its annual New Year’s Eve Apple Drop from 5pm-8pm on the South side of the Court Square. Please join us in a new family tradition! The Apple drops at 7pm which is midnight Greenwich Mean Time and the FIRST midnight around the world. This is a family-friendly New Years Eve celebration that’s early, quick and fun. We’ll have party supplies & music along with treats, hot chocolate, warm cider and more!

The Apple Drop features the Cherryville Traditional New Year Shooters tactical demonstration and blessing of the city to celebrate our heritage and early settlers before the countdown. This is a FREE event!

Alive After Five

Held May through September on the last Thursday of each month.
Music and dancing in the streets of Lincolnton.
For additional information call the Downtown Lincolnton Association at 704-900-9659.

Why Join the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber?

"SEACORP Industry based in Lincolnton, has recently celebrated 25 years in business on August 1, 2023. As we reflect on the past 25 years, SEACORP would like to thank the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing support. The Chamber provides networking opportunities for business, connects our local community with local and State Representatives, and provides educational programs for both members and the public. The Chamber not only supports my company through these connections, but also stamps all of our “Certificates of Origin.” These certificates of origin documents are used for international transactions certifying the product’s country of origin.

Thank you again to the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce for their continued support of my business and for advocating on behalf of 500 members. The Chamber of Commerce improves the quality of life for our entire community. "

-Myra Heaver, Sea Express America Corporation dba SEACORP

"In my industry word-of-mouth and meeting new potential clients is key to growth. Joining the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber has been a valuable investment. Having the opportunity to network regularly, learn from other more experienced business owners and accessibility to other business tools has been transformative. I encourage all business owners that are ready to increase their visibility and community knowledge to join."

-Ingrid Russell, Owner, Ingrid Russell Photography/videography/Content

"We joined the Chamber prior to our opening in 2021 and have been so happy we did. They worked with us to have a ribbon cutting to highlight our grand opening, along with hosting several events with us since we've joined. We've been able to appeal to many new customers with these events that we may not have reached otherwise! It is a great way to involve yourself in the local business community with unlimited networking opportunities. "

-Rachel Herman, Broker/Realtor, Keller Williams Realty