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GO Month: Celebrate Restaurants & Retail Week

GO Month: Celebrate Restaurants & Retail Week

As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Michael Applegate

As we begin this week of GO Month that will highlight many of the local dining and shopping opportunities in Gaston County, I would like to share some compelling information that may surprise you. According to research conducted by Visit North Carolina, visitors to Gaston County generated a $251.7 million spending impact in 2016. That’s a remarkable figure which ranks us 17th among North Carolina’s 100 counties.

South Fork Trail reveals beauty of river

South Fork Trail reveals beauty of river

As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Bill Poteat

I was ready to write off the South Fork Trail as a waste of my time but by the time I had completed the two-mile northward hike , I had fallen in love with the trail and could highly recommend it to anyone.

Ride the Roots and Rocks

Ride the Roots and Rocks

As Seen In: Destination Magazine October 2017, Author: Roots Rated

Are the roots and the rocks your thing? No worries, the mountain biking scene runs every bit as deep as the road-biking culture in Gaston County. Novices and families can start out on the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail or the South Fork Trail.

Inconsistent funding for national parks could hurt Gaston

Inconsistent funding for national parks could hurt Gaston

As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Michael Applegate

North Carolina boasts 10 national parks that log more than 18 million visitors a year. Gaston County residents are also fortunate to enjoy a national park right in our backyard. Just down the road from Gastonia, on the border with South Carolina, is Kings Mountain National Military Park. As many of us learned from grade school field trips, this was the site of the 1780 Revolutionary War battle that Thomas Jefferson called the “turn of the tide of success” in our fight for independence.

Goat Island Park just a stroll away from downtown  Cramerton

Goat Island Park just a stroll away from downtown Cramerton

As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Bill Poteat

As a newcomer to Gaston County, I continue to be amazed by how outstanding its outdoor recreational facilities are. Poston Park, Rankin Lake Park and the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail were pure delights to visit, as was today's destination - Goat Island Park and Greenway in beautiful downtown Cramerton.

Gaston Bike Share program gaining traction

Gaston Bike Share program gaining traction

As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Bill Poteat

In the four months since it was launched during Memorial Day weekend, the GO Gaston Bike Share program has seen a steady increase in users and in rides taken.

GO Gaston! Trail offers reasons to take it slow

GO Gaston! Trail offers reasons to take it slow

As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Bill Poteat

My words of advice for enjoying a visit to the Seven Oaks Preserve in southeastern Gaston County? Slow down!

Rankin Lake a shimmering jewel in west Gastonia

Rankin Lake a shimmering jewel in west Gastonia

As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Bill Poteat, Photo Credit: Karen Varcauteren

Gastonia’s Rankin Lake Park is less than a mile north of Interstate 85. U.S. 321 is just a few hundred yards to its east. And yet, once inside the park, a visitor feels a sense of tranquility normally found only in more rural, remote areas.

Go Gaston and Get Movin'!

Go Gaston and Get Movin'!

As Seen In: Gaston Lifestyles, Author: Michael Applegate

Making the county a walkable bikeable community. Many American communities are striving to become more walkable and bikeable and thus more livable.

Enlightening Exhibition

Enlightening Exhibition

As Seen In: Ultimate Magazine Sept/Oct 2017

North Carolina's Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is hosting a festival of hundreds of larger-than-life Chinese lantens beginning September 7.

GO Gaston! Poston Park perfect place to bike, walk,  fish, romp

GO Gaston! Poston Park perfect place to bike, walk, fish, romp

As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Bill Poteat

Looking to get outside this weekend to enjoy some sunshine, fresh air, and an early taste of autumn before Hurricane Irma blows into town? Gaston County's George Poston Park is a perfect destination and one that doesn't require a lot of driving time or gasoline.

The Best Hikes in Gaston

The Best Hikes in Gaston

As Seen In: Destination Magazine, Author: Roots Rated, Photo Credit: Ann Gibson

The USNWC's 37-mile trail network is pretty equally divided between novice, moderate and strenuous trails. The easy Lake Loop opens up for water views while the Channel Loop circumvents the man-made whitewater rivers for a front-row view of the class I-IV whitewater action.

Tourism spending increases in Gaston County for 7th year

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

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

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.