The Fascinating Story Behind Mountain Island Educational State Forest

The Fascinating Story Behind Mountain Island Educational State Forest

The 2,000-acre tract along 12 miles of Mountain Island Lake on the eastern edge of Gaston County has been a work in progress for 20 years. It's now ready showcase the benefits of forest management in action.

How to Ride the Poston Pump Track

How to Ride the Poston Pump Track

Located just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina in Gaston County, the Poston Pump Track is a game-changer for Carolina cyclists. Here’s everything you need to know about the unique bike park—and how to maximize your next trip to this new venue.

Onward and upward for Hilton Garden Inn Gastonia

Onward and upward for Hilton Garden Inn Gastonia

With the recent opening of the Hilton Garden Inn Gastonia, Gaston County’s hospitality industry grows to a total of 19 hotels, with a combined 1,471 guestrooms. 

Still Shining Bright

Still Shining Bright

For more than 60 years, McAdenville's Christmas lights display has been a must-see during December.

Get Creative

Get Creative

Act on your inspirations at any of a number of local make your own art studios. 

Fast Tubing Runs, And You Don’t Have To Wet Your Pants

Fast Tubing Runs, And You Don’t Have To Wet Your Pants

No more long road trips to drive up to the mountain for tubing with your friends or family - it is happening in Gaston County. Crowders Ridge outside Gastonia is your destination.

Thoughtful Gift Giving In Gaston

Thoughtful Gift Giving In Gaston

If you are the kind of person who makes an extra effort to find just the right gift for your family and friends that are on the nice list, consider getting out of town and going to Gaston. 

It’s Not Just A Race. It’s A Magical Experience.

It’s Not Just A Race. It’s A Magical Experience.

Gaston County Travel and Tourism is thrilled to have worked with Santa Hustle® Race Series, LLC and local city officials to add to this Holiday excitement by bringing the Santa Hustle® Half Marathon and 5K to our county.

6 Holiday Races You Don’t Want to Miss in Gaston County This Year

6 Holiday Races You Don’t Want to Miss in Gaston County This Year

Runners, fill your holidays with good cheer at these six races in Gaston County, North Carolina.

An Insider’s Guide to the Craft Brewing Scene in Gaston County

An Insider’s Guide to the Craft Brewing Scene in Gaston County

With an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the area, Gaston County is the perfect setting for embracing the brewpub culture, and visitors will find several taprooms where they can taste local award-winning beers.

Webb Custom Kitchen: Growing with Gastonia

Webb Custom Kitchen: Growing with Gastonia

Many restaurants known for their atmosphere proclaim they’re offering you a trip back in time. But how many can take you simultaneously back into the past and forward into the future? Downtown Gastonia’s Webb Custom Kitchen does just that.

Santa Hustle comes to Belmont and Cramerton

Santa Hustle comes to Belmont and Cramerton

People everywhere have fallen in love with the Santa Hustle Race Series. And once you participate, you will understand why the Santa Hustle has received national attention from such major media outlets as the Travel Channel, ESPN and “The Rachael Ray Show.”

Gaston County Craft Beverage Trail

Gaston County Craft Beverage Trail

Gaston County craft Beverage Trail is sponsoring a sweepstakes using the hashtags: #craftbev and #GoGaston during October. They are giving away two Yeti Coolers. To enter, use the hashtags to share photos from any of the participants mentioned here.

GO Gaston: Mountain Island Park Trail offers scenic Catawba views

Mountain Island Park Trail scenic views

Nowhere is that connection stronger than at Mountain Island Park and its 3.2-mile greenway which follows the west shore of the Catawba River as its winds south toward Belmont.

Airport overlook: close, free and fantastic

Airport overlook: close, free and fantastic

The attraction is the overlook for Charlotte Douglas Airport, a spot where an upclose look at thundering jet craft arriving and departing from one of the nation’s busiest airports is on free display.

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