Written by vampirefan on 05 Dec, 2005
In 2001 the bridge was honored as a National Civil Engineering Landmark. It joined both the Cape Hatters Lighthouse and the Blue Ridge Parkway as NC landmarks. It is now part of Conner Park. Here you will find a picnic area, a nature trail, and…Read More
In 2001 the bridge was honored as a National Civil Engineering Landmark. It joined both the Cape Hatters Lighthouse and the Blue Ridge Parkway as NC landmarks.
It is now part of Conner Park. Here you will find a picnic area, a nature trail, and the bridge. Once you get up an incline the bridge is handicap accessible. The ¼-mile walk to the bridge is a flat surface and an easy walk. The trail runs along the Lyles Creek and it a very pretty walk. There is an old bridge you have to cross over to get to the covered bridge. It has not been well maintained and has several missing slats so be careful.
There are several informational panels about the bridge and Gen. Haupt at the bridge. After you cross the bridge on the left side, there is a trail that will lead down to the creek. It is not a strenuous hike, but I would recommend hiking boots or a good pair of tennis shoes with a thick tread. Especially when it is wet. There is also a trail to the right but it doesn’t go very far. There is also a trail before you cross the bridge on your left, but it is quite a hike.
The bridge is quite pretty and great for photographs. It would make a beautiful background for a formal picture. In the fall it is a dazzling walk through the mutlti colored banished leafs on the way to the bridge yielding you a post card perfect place.
The park is open 10am-4:30pm Thursday through Saturday and Sunday from 1-5. For more information please go to www. Catawbahistory.org
The bridge is found in the small town of Claremont. Claremont is a small southern town, which has a Norman Rockwell feel to it, and is the kind of place idealized on the Saturday Evening Post. There isn’t much here except a few shops and restaurants. But you can certainly find something to eat if you find yourself hungry after your visit. Hickory and Statesville are the nearest major cities and offer more of a variety of dining options and lodging. Hickory is renowned for its furniture markets. So if you’re looking for some new ideas for decorating, then head towards Hickory and check out what is new in the furniture world.
Boling Springs is where I grew up and where my heart still is. It is small town America at its best. It is the kind of town idealized on The Andy Griffith show. There is just one stoplight here and a few stores. It is…Read More
Boling Springs is where I grew up and where my heart still is. It is small town America at its best. It is the kind of town idealized on The Andy Griffith show. There is just one stoplight here and a few stores. It is home to Gardner Webb University. It is a tight-knit community where you can feel safe letting your kids grow up. In fact I now reside in a similar small town, where I am just as happy. Life moves at a slower pace here. Come visit though and you will find plenty of striking places. In fact when I first started out I was going to do one just on the gorgeous pond on the campus of Gardner Webb, but when I went looking through my pictures I changed my mind and decided to tell you about this lovely town.
Boiling Springs has a population of less than 5000. The main employer here is Gardner Webb University. On Main Street you will find small cafes and a coffee house. The Italian restaurant in town is fantastic. You will also find chain restaurants such as Hardees and Subway. Religion plays a significant part in Boiling Springs. You will find several small and stunning churches in town and Boiling Springs Baptist is the largest and quite a beautiful church. Go on outside of Boiling Springs towards South Carolina and you will run into the Broad River Greenway. In this summer people head for the cool water of the Broad River. One of the most fun ways you will find to navigate the river is on an intertube.
Gardner Webb University was once a private Southern Baptist Collage, it has since been changed over to a NC public college. Walking around the perfectly manicured lawns you will be impressed with this quaint campus. Lake Hollifield has only been added within the last few years, but has quickly become a favorite place with both students and residents. The lake offers picturesque bridges, benches, trees, and ducks waddling throughout. It is a beautiful place to walk your dog or just lay back and enjoy the Carolina blue skies. It is also a favorite place for brides and prom couples to have formal portraits taken. At the top of the hill at the lake you will find the charming Hollifield Carillon. The lovely bells play on the hour. Near the lake you will find the remnants of what was once the actual spring from where the town derived its name. The campus is filled with magnolia trees and flowers. You will find a heavenly rose garden with a stone gazebo that is also a popular spot for photographs.
Back on Collage Ave (and right across the street from my brother) you will find the koi pond given as a gift to the city from Turner Trucking Company. The pond features a gazebo, plants, a peaceful waterfall, and the beautiful fish. Through the tiny town you will find a number of lovely and historic homes.
Shelby and the town of Gaffney SC are both about 30 minutes away offering lodging and more restaurants. Gaffney is also home to one of the biggest outlet malls in the area and home to Hamrick clothing shop. If you find your self driving down I-85 then make a turn and stop by and visit the place I still call home. I am here often to visit my parents, so who knows, you may see me here. You can go to www.boilingsprings.net for more information.
Things went well for a while, but in August 2003, the tiny bridge was washed away in a flood. This little bridge seemed as tough as the Energizer Bunny and somehow or another survived. Over 90% of the bridge was salvageable. With grants from the…Read More
Things went well for a while, but in August 2003, the tiny bridge was washed away in a flood. This little bridge seemed as tough as the Energizer Bunny and somehow or another survived. Over 90% of the bridge was salvageable. With grants from the state and donations for citizens, $80,000 was raised to rebuild the bridge.
On May 18th, 2004, NC Secretary Tippet opened the bridge back up in a rededication ceremony. This time the bridge was raised 15 feet above the original to keep it out of harms way. Today this little treasure is once again welcoming visitors who seek her out. You will find a picnic area with benches and a handicap accessible fourth-mile walk way though the woods. You can walk down to the stream, which is not deep and has large rocks allowing access from one side to the other. It also offers some amazing picture vantages of both the bridge and on up the stream. It is also a very popular spot for bridal pictures, as shown by two different brides while Jazzy and I were visiting.
The bridge is not too far from the NC Zoo. Asheboro offers a number of hotels and wonderful restaurants and is a great place to stay and explore a few days. Asheboro is also where Seagrove pottery is made. It is also home to NASCAR legend Richard Petty. For more information, please go to www.visitrandolhcounty.com.
Written by DSellers on 22 Jan, 2008
This was our first holiday planned away from home. New members to the camp resort and quite unsure of how my husband and I were going to be with this venture (being this was our first time away from the kids, grandkids and it…Read More
This was our first holiday planned away from home. New members to the camp resort and quite unsure of how my husband and I were going to be with this venture (being this was our first time away from the kids, grandkids and it being a major holiday). I had already prepared our family dinner the weekend before the holiday, so we would have a special meal with everyone. We set out on our holiday adventure! We had a good trip to the resort, no bad weather, traffic was good, no problems with setting up. When we got settled in, we made our shopping list and headed to the Food Lion to stock our pantry. We were going to be prepared to be inside (the weather forecast was going to be "very cold"). I decided to get us a turkey breast to bake and yams, etc. It just wasn't right to be sitting in the camper on Thanksgiving day without our special meal. This was the "2nd" Thanksgiving meal that we had. As it wound up, on Thanksgiving day, we really missed being with the kids... we packed up the turkey, etc. and drove back home to share with our children then drove back to the campground. The resort had planned on having a Thanksgiving meal on the Saturday after Thanksgiving day. I really wanted to go. Everyone was to bring 2 sides and 1 dessert and the resort would provide the turkey, bread and tea/coffee. I volunteered us to help with the event, cooking the turkeys, baking the cookies and serving the meal. Well they needed 2 of us ladies to bake cookies, to be served in the store for guests and visitors. I met Peggy, she and I hit it off right away. We baked and talked for quite a few hours. Peggy and her husband Jack are full-time rvers. She's a real treat, I really loved working with her (and look forward to working with her again). After Peggy and I had finished with cookies, then we got the turkey's washed and put in the ovens (we did 2 and one of the other families took the other 2 turkeys to their campsite to deep-fry). Then it got to be time to get everything ready and set up on the tables. Everyone started coming in, bring in all this food. We had so much food! And the turn out with the other campers, was unbelievable! This was wonderful! All of us turning out to share in this wonderful meal and be together. Well this was our "3rd" Thanksgiving meal. Well we had a wonderful time, it was a real experience for us both. We made new friends and we all worked together to share in that wonderful meal. Close