Carolina Corner, A Great Place to Live, Work & Play

Featuring the Northwestern North Carolina Counties: Alexander, Alleghany, Avery, Ashe, Caldwell, Iredell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin.

Carolina Corner was developed to provide information about the beautiful mountains and foothills of North Carolina. As with any trip to a new place, an excellent place to start would be our site map section, where you will find a complete description of everything available on Carolina Corner.

If your vacation plans include a visit to western North Carolina, visit the various Chambers of Commerce listed to help in your plans.

If you're planning to go to the coast of North or South Carolina, don't make any plans until you've checked the conditions with the Carolina Corner.

In the winter, you'll find some of the best skiing in the southeast.

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12 things to Do, See, and Experience in Durham

12 things to Do, See, and Experience in Durham Dirty, boring, and dangerous. Those were the words that formerly defined downtown Durham (and 20 years ago, those words weren't too far off-base). But a funny thing happened over the past decade or so. The abandoned factories that once blemished the landscape transformed into dazzling shops, restaurants, and condos. A slew of imaginative chefs brought new...

Shop in the Streets at Southpoint Mall

Shop in the Streets at Southpoint Mall While we usually hesitate to put chain-dominated malls in stories like this, Southpoint is no ordinary shopping experience. The retail epicenter in southern Durham features over 140 shops and restaurants, including a number of hard-to-find retailers (Nordstrom, Bose, Apple Computer, etc.) The mall's open-air "Main Street" shines with sculptures, water...

See A First-Class Film at the Carolina Theatre

See A First-Class Film at the Carolina Theatre Located In the heart of downtown, the venerable Carolina Theater comes with plenty of character and charm great reasons it remains the city's most celebrated cinema. Films are screened nightly, running the gamut from award-winning independents to timeless classics. Refreshments, Including beer and wine, are sold on-site. A number of concerts and events,...

Catch Food Truck Fever

Catch Food Truck Fever When it comes to mobile food culture, no place does it better than Durham. Thanks to operator-friendly legislation and a bevy of late-night bar-hoppers, food trucks from across the region descend on the town at twilight, selling everything from burgers to tacos to Indian food. For help tracking the most popular trucks.

Raise Your Glass at Full Steam Brewery

Raise Your Glass at Full Steam Brewery Handcrafted beer, fresh local ingredients and a distinct Southern flair these are what you’ll get a Full steam, an inventive tavern/brewery in the Central Park district. The wide-open tavern might best be described as rec-center chic, with ping pong and picnic tables creating a distinctly Durham vibe. As for beer recommendations, we loved the chocolaty...

Go Funky Along The Ninth Street Shopping District

Go Funky Along The Ninth Street Shopping District Stationed near Duke's East Campus, this eclectic strip of shops showcases a colorful, funky side of Durham. Highlights Include Regulator Bookshop, the Play House Toy Store and the Duck Shop (stocked with Duke apparel). A number of standout eateries such as Dain's Place and Magnolia Grill also call Ninth Street home.

Get Some Fresh Air at Eno River State Park

Get Some Fresh Air at Eno River State Park While it’s a 10 minute drive from downtown Durham to the Eno River State Park, the two liter airy seem worlds away. Park visitors can hike along 24 miles of trails that pass through rugged woodlands. Fishing, kayaking and camping are also popular options. Eno River State Park 6101 Cole Mill Rd Durham NC 27705

See a Show at The Durham Performing Arts Center

See a Show at The Durham Performing Arts Center Opened in 2008, the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) stands proudly as the largest performing arts center in the Carolin's. With its shimmering, see-through exterior and 2,800-seat concert hall, the facility is a spectacle itself. The best of Broadway lights up the stage, with shows like Shrek the Musical and Hair highlighting a packed spring calendar...

Explore Durham's Wild Side at The Museum of Life and Science

Explore Durham's Wild Side at The Museum of Life and Science This interactive science center ranks as one of the most family-friendly museums in the Southeast Highlights include a dinosaur nail, butterfly house, animal park, insectarium and dozens of hands-on exhibits. It's open Monday through Saturday from 10 am-5 pm. The Museum of Life and Science 433 Murray Avenue Durham, NC 27704 Phone: (919) 220-5429 Web: http...

Relive the Past at Durham's Three State Historic Sites

Relive the Past at Durham's Three State Historic Sites The great thing about Durham's three historic sites aside from the fact they're all within minutes of each other is die linear plot line that unites them. All three are linked by the Civil War, setting up in a prewar, war and post-war narrative. First up, there's Historic Stagville, a prewar plantation that housed nearly 1.000 slaves across its 30,000 acres...

Stroll Through the Duke University Campus

Stroll Through the Duke University Campus Tourism officials will tell you: If you've only got an afternoon in Durham, a trip to Duke is probably your best bet. No matter your ACC allegiance, the school's campus is quite a sight to behold. This is particularly true on the West Campus, where the towering hardwoods and neo-Gothic architecture make you fed like you've stepped right into a Harry Potter...

Experience Legendary Baseball at a Durham Bulls Game

Experience Legendary Baseball at a Durham Bulls Game Simply put, the Durham Bulls are the worlds most famous minor league baseball team (well, that's what totals will tell you at least). While the 1988 sports classic Bull Durham put the team on the map, it's the unbeatable game-day experience that keeps the fans pouring in. The Bulls are the Triple A affiliate for the Tampa Bay Rays, meaning players are...

See Adaptive Reuse In Action In Downtown Durham

See Adaptive Reuse In Action In Downtown Durham As The New York Times recently noted, downtown Durham was a place best avoided after sundown. But as revitalization has transformed abandoned tobacco factories and former textile nulls into bustling mixed-use properties, the city has been Injected with much-needed life. 'Nowhere is this more evident than Blight leaf Square, which transformed two abandoned...

Community Information: Oak Ridge

Community Information: Oak Ridge Oak Ridge, incorporated in 1998, has grown from an agricultural area to a bedroom community; it’s over 5,000 residents, many of whom live in developments on former family farms, primarily work in the nearby cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem. Like other northwest-area towns. Oak Ridge is rich is history. It was aptly named for the stately...

Community Information: Stokesdale

Community Information: Stokesdale Stokesdale, the oldest of the northwest areas three towns was incorporated in 1989. The town initially developed around the railroad; although trains no longer pass through Stokesdale, the historic downtown area that faced the tracks is still lined with shops, restaurants and offices that comprise the commercial core. More recently, more modern commercial...