North Carolina is “The Great Trails State,” and 2023 is officially the NC year of the trail. Davie County, NC has a considerable amount of natural beauty and outdoor recreation to celebrate- and we are only a little off the beaten path! If you are looking for things to do, then why not hit the trails with us? We cherish the myriad of local places where we can walk, run, pedal, paddle (and splash!) our way around Davie County’s scenic landscapes- you will too!
Find Your Path Among the Friendly Trails of Davie County
It’s true that the mountains and beaches of NC have a lot going for them, but our lovely Piedmont trails, with their rolling hills and slight inclines, are approachable and welcoming to all! You don’t have to be a super athlete to reap the rewards of outdoor recreation.
Unplug at Farmington’s Trails & Nature Park
Capture moments of tranquility on the biking and walking trails at the Farmington Nature Trail. From dawn to dusk, you can drink in the sights and sounds of Davie County’s unique birds, native plants, and wildlife in Farmington’s wetlands, woodlands, and by the creekside.
Among the creatures you may observe are more than 33 species of birds. The Farmington Nature Park is a favorite spot for birdwatchers, and local 4-H clubs have created homes for colorful families of Eastern Bluebirds.
Because Cedar Creek is a beaver habitat, you are bound to spot trees they have used to build their homes while traveling these nature trails. Keep an eye out for beaver escape holes and the telltale tree stumps chewed to a point.
Kids in Parks has a fun resource for tracking all your family’s adventures when you visit the trails in Farmington, North Carolina! Whether you are leisurely hiking the meandering paths or cruising on a mountain bike, you are certain to come across new discoveries with every season.
Davie County Community Park’s Story Trail Has a Wonderful Tale to Tell
Parents and children alike will have a blast at the Davie County Community Park’s StoryWalk Trail. Stroll with the kids and explore a story along the way. This 0.2 mile loop trail is perfect for even your littles- and you can easily take a stroller on it! Join Smart Start’s Parents as Teachers group for their free Roll and Read program where each child gets their very own book to keep!
Explore Some More
The adventures continue at the Davie County Community Park when you explore its eight different walking and biking trails. The trails include different surface types that make it easy to get your steps in while basking in the sunshine or cooling off among the shady trees. Sidewalks, pea gravel nature trails, a wooden boardwalk, an observatory platform, and four delightful interactive nature displays make the trails at this park educational and fun for everyone.
We leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding things to do nearby – find information on Dave County Agritourism experiences like The Fields at Sunflower Trail’s fall and summer sunflower maze, local attractions to visit, and Day Trips that are to die for- here on the Discover Davie County website.
The Joy of Discovery at Lake Louise
The Park at Lake Louise is a hidden gem. The concrete walking and biking trails that loop down to the lake and back make this a peaceful place for slowing your pace. Or let the kids hang out on the amazing playground while the grown-ups relax and chat or use the fitness stations. Coming soon – the next design phase at this park will include learning stations that will teach us more about the lakeside, meadow and forest ecosystems within the park.
RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls
The “Bullhole” is much more than a local swimming hole. RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls, located on the South Yadkin River, does include a sandy beach and swimming area, great fishing, plus portages for canoeing and kayaking- but don’t miss out on the much overlooked walking trails throughout the park.
Stop by for a refreshing break if you are paddling along the Yadkin River State Trail or find public access to the river here on the Yadkin Riverkeeper website and jump in anywhere along this 125-mile long trail with your canoe or kayak. The Yadkin Pee Dee River Trail is mostly flat, with Class I ripples and a few splashy Class II spots, making it a fun trail to paddle for every level.
The Blue Heron Trail in Bermuda Run
The majestic Blue Heron makes its home in the picturesque wetlands and waterways of Davie County. You can spot them on the Blue Heron Trail in Advance/Bermuda Run, North Carolina. Phase I will be complete as of July 2023, and you can get more information about how to access the trail, as well as future plans for more walkways that will help to make this modern community more connected at the town website.
Beautiful Rich Park in Mocksville
A walk at Rich Park is certain to leave you feeling serene. The shady and sunlit walking trails are always pet and family friendly. The paved trails are perfect for a brisk morning walk, a cool spot for a summer afternoon mini retreat, or a family bike ride. The park has lots of outdoor recreational opportunities, but a walk or bike ride along the greenway is a simple pleasure due to the convenience of playgrounds, restrooms and easy parking!
The Downtown Mocksville Walking Tour
Visit the historic district in the beautiful town of Mocksville. Grab a walking tour brochure from one of the downtown merchants or stop into the visitor center (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to learn more about what to do in Mocksville or what attractions to see while you are visiting us here in Davie County!
History buffs will love to trail along and appreciate the historic architecture of the charming homes on Main Street while learning more about the families who lived within. Other places of interest along the way include the old service station, which is now a refurbished General Store and Tap Room, and the Mocksville Courthouse.
North Carolina’s Daniel Boone Heritage Trail – Davie County, NC
The NC Daniel Boone Heritage Trail includes the many paths traveled by Daniel Boone in North Carolina. Visit the markers and monuments that commemorate the legendary life of Daniel Boone and his family right here in Davie County, North Carolina.
The Boone Tract on Bear Creek is the tract of land along Bear Creek purchased by Daniel Boone in 1759 from his father, Squire Boone. The Daniel Boone plaque erected by J. Hampton Rich to commemorate Daniel Boone’s life in what is now Davie County can be viewed on the Square in the Town of Mocksville, and Joppa Cemetery holds the graves of Squire and Sarah Boone, his dear parents.
The (Unofficial) Davie County Wine Trail
The unofficial Davie County Wine Trail leads to hidden beauty and indulgent wines that you will savor. Bask in the flavors of a variety of wines created by hometown wine-makers from grapes grown here in the rich Yadkin Valley AVA.
The vineyard and winery at Lazy Elm is located on 43 peaceful acres in the Yadkin Valley AVA ( American Viticulture Area). Visit and indulge in a variety of award-winning and exquisite estate bottled wines, delicious dessert wines, and fun apple wines.
Tread on to RayLen Vineyards & Winery. RayLen has been crafting exceptional wine in North Carolina since 1999. They have been recognized for their wines with more than 300 awards. Their 40 acres of European varietals result in over 20 different wines ranging from dry to sweet. Stop by for a guided wine tasting or for one of their many events for excellent wines, live music, good food, and great fun at their beautiful venue.
The Benefits of Spending Time in Nature
The physical improvements that come from a walk or jog on a trail are well-known, but the benefits to mental health are apparent as well. The restorative powers of spending time in nature are comprehensive. In recognition of this, Davie county planning includes support for and expansion of many of the trails we have mentioned.
Health, heritage, and community are values we honor here, and that is reflected in our trails.
Studies show that time spent outdoors can result in lower blood pressure and reduced stress. We all have experienced how a rejuvenating walk brings feelings of well-being and peace. Explore a trail near you and enjoy the advantages of some inexpensive therapy!
Time on Trails = Living in the Moment
Time on a trail leads to practicing mindfulness. Whether you are alone, with a partner, friends, or your children, it is simple to live in the moment when your view includes a canopy of trees, the scent of pines, the sound of birdsong, and a babbling stream.
There’s just nothing like a romantic ramble through shady trails or a sunny stroll with the kids through the story trails at the Davie County Community Park and the Park at Lake Louise to help you let go of everyday stresses and focus on the now.
Embrace Nature in the Remarkable Piedmont of North Carolina
Tranquil moments and happy memories are what you will find on our trails. Here in the heart of North Carolina, the valleys, meadows, and forests of Davie County are within your reach. We are easy to find and ready to welcome you!