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This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

Check with friends who have migrated from places like upper New York State and you’ll see that, comparatively speaking, we enjoy mild winters here in the Piedmont. This enables us to enjoy many of the fun activities we relished in the summer months, and, in some aspects, to enjoy them even more.

Morrow Mountain is a case in point. Hiking and horse trails are at their best now with bare trees affording beautiful views of the countryside and cooler temperatures making strenuous activity more comfortable. Check out the boat landing for views of the Pee Dee/Yadkin River and you may catch site of a bald eagle, a heron or grazing deer. This is also a good time to visit the Kron homestead. Kron was one of the first medical doctors to settle in the Piedmont and his office, greenhouse and infirmary appear much as they did in the 1870’s.

Take a road trip around the county and you’ll find that every community, no matter how small, has a park with some form of fun activity available. There are 23 in all providing everything from soccer fields to bocce courts, and from fishing ponds to disc golf courses. Ready for a rest? Find a park bench in a sheltered spot and relax in the winter sun.

Another trip around the county should include our four wineries. Dennis Vineyards, Uwharrie Vineyards, Rocky River Vineyards and Stony Mountain Vineyards all provide wine tasting venues, shops and event facilities. Pour a glass of your favorite wine and take a seat on a deck or terrace and enjoy the pleasant view of rows of vines against a backdrop of rolling hills.

Golf is another activity that can be enjoyed year round here in the Piedmont. The area boasts varied courses from the historic par 71 course in Badin, to the newer par 72 courses at Uwharrie Point, Piney Point, Red Bridge and Tillery Tradition. Call ahead for tee-times or to find out about special events and tournament schedules.

Take advantage of these short winter days, enjoy that nip in the air and get out into the many facilities Stanly County offers to enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Come summer, when those pesky mosquitoes get you and the humidity covers you like a damp blanket, you’ll be glad you did.