Asheboro Residents Enjoy Local Competitions, Outdoor Fun and More
PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Bennett
It's easy to stay occupied in Asheboro, as the city offers attractions for both activity-seekers and spectators. From local competitions and sports events to hiking and golf, residents have an array of options to choose from when it comes to enjoying the outdoors.
Play to Win in Asheboro
Held in the city's downtown area, the Asheboro Criterium is a 0.6-mile-long race that includes four right turns and one hill. The race, which is put on by the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce, begins and finishes on S. Fayetteville Street. Cyclists of all levels are welcome to compete, and a children's race is also available.
Those interested in golf may want to check out the National Golf Association (NGA) Hooters Tour, which includes a tournament in Asheboro at Pinewood Country Club. The event, known as the Heart of North Carolina Golf Classic Pro-Am, lasts one week and includes practice rounds, tournament play and an awards ceremony.
Uwharrie National Forest Offers Hiking, Fishing
In addition to hosting local competitions, Randolph County is a sweet spot for outdoor enthusiasts of all types. The Uwharrie National Forest, which covers more than 50,000 acres in Randolph and neighboring Montgomery and Davidson counties, is just one example of where residents can go to get away from it all. Among its famous features is Badin Lake, with 5,350 acres of boating and fishing along with adjacent camping areas, 40 miles of trails that end in the Birkhead Mountains Wilderness, and trails for off-road vehicles and horses. Hunters also visit the Uwharrie for deer, turkey and other small game.
Asheboro Cultural & Recreation Services Expands Programs
A little closer to home, and in more polished surroundings, Asheboro Cultural & Recreation Services is implementing a 20-year master plan that will expand its very popular youth athletic programs, as well as add more parks and adult programming. In addition to its network of parks, swimming pools, tennis courts and picnic facilities, the department also operates a 10,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor skate park and a historic nine-hole golf course. More than 25,000 rounds per year are played here, making the city’s course a stiff rival to nearby Tot Hill Farm Golf Club and Pinewood Country Club's fairways. Set near the Caraway Mountains is the Asheboro Country Club, a private par-71 championship course.
North Carolina Zoo One of Nation’s Best
The North Carolina Zoo is a local treasure that’s also the nation’s third-largest zoo in terms of land area. At 1,458 acres, it’s easy to see why the zoo has a tram system. The state-owned park has plenty of other creature comforts for both residents and visitors as well.