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Plan a Day Trip

Plan your own day trip to Henderson/Vance County & Kerr Lake, North Carolina. Yours to discover and enjoy. Build your day around the activities and suggestions we have offered below. (Since operating days and hours are subject to change we suggest that you call ahead for a current schedule before planning or making your trip).

For the recreational, leisure and fitness minded

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area 50,000 acre lake straddling the North Carolina and Virginia border with over 800 miles of shoreline. Enjoy fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, hiking/walking, picnicking, bird watching and nature study. Satterwhite Point day use area, about 9 miles from town, is the closest park to Henderson. It offers the following amenities: a tot lot with swing set and sliding board for the kids, a designated swim area with accessible change rooms and restrooms and a short walking trail. There is no lifeguard on duty. Picnic tables with adjacent grills are scattered throughout the park and will allow you to have an outdoor cookout while visiting the lake. A visitors center, housed inside the parks office and located across from the entrance to the park, provides the history of Kerr Lake along with an exhibit hall identifying plants, birds, fish and wildlife native to the area. Visitors must bring their own equipment needed for the activities they plan to participate in. Kayak rental is available at Steele Creek Marina, 252-492-1426.
6254 Satterwhite Point Rd.
252-438-7791
http://www.ncparks.gov

Aycock Recreation Complex full size gymnasium, 25 yd. indoor pool, 1/12th mile indoor walking track, weight room and outdoor walking tracks. Day use fee applies.
305 Careys Chapel Road
252-492-9400
http://www.ci.henderson.nc.us

Adventure Island indoor/outdoor recreation facility that offers miniature golf, lazer tag, bumper boats, batting cages, indoor arcade, game room and a playmaze.
1211 Coble Blvd.
252-492-9888
http://www.adventureislandnc.com

Carolina Lanes 12 lane bowling alley.
85 US 158 Bypass West
252-492-1112
http://www.carolinalanes.com

Kerr Lake Country Club 18 hole, par 72 golf course. Putting green, driving range and pro-shop. Non-metal spikes required. Semi-private. Green fees accepted. Meeting facilities available for parties, weddings, retreats, family reunions and other needs. Call for additional information.
600 Hedrick Dr. (off Satterwhite Point Rd.)
252-492-1895
http://www.kerrlakecountryclub.com

Skateeum roller skating rink.
1248 Coble Blvd.
252-492-5033
http://www.carolinalanes.com

Independence Day Weekend Celebration Mark your calendar: Celebrate Independence Day Weekend with us at Kerr Lake, Henderson. A Fireworks display over the water and food vendors on site. Bring a lawn chair, flash light and a blanket, relax and enjoy the entertainment and fireworks. See calendar for additional information.
Henderson, NC
252-438-2222
http://www.kerrlake-nc.com

State Parks Office 252-438-7791
6254 Satterwhite Point Road
http://www.ncparks.gov
http://ncparks.gov

Steele Creek Marina
1603 Townsville Landing Road
252-491-1426
http://www.steelecreekmarina.net

McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center McGregor Hall is a new 1,000 seat, state of the art Performing Arts Center located in downtown Henderson, North Carolina. McGregor Hall presents a diverse schedule of performing arts including all genres of music, dance, Broadway touring theatricals and national, regional and local touring artists.
201 Breckenridge Street
252-598-0662
http://www.mcgregorhall.org

For the treasure hunter and shopper

Downtown Mainstreet Marketplace Housed in a beautifully restored 13,000 square foot building located in Historic Downtown Henderson, Mainstreet Marketplace offers a distinctive collection of artisans creations, gifts, home and garden décor, specialty products, handcrafted items, jewelry, antiques and more. Shoppers of all ages will enjoy the warm, welcoming atmosphere and ever-changing diverse selection of products.

Henderson Square Shopping Center strip shopping center located between Exit 212 and 213 off I-85. Retail merchants include J. C. Penney, Belk's, Dollar Tree, Bath & Body Works, Burkes Outlet, Super Wal-Mart and numerous shoe stores and specialty stores.

Bee's Knees Country Store consignment shop featuring handmade items from over 30 local artisans. The shop owners are also beekeepers offering fresh honey gathered from the hives at their adjacent farm.
2250 Weldons Mill Rd.
252-492-9599
http://www.runofthemillbandb.com

Supply Line Country Market locally owned fresh market with the atmosphere of a farmers market. Carries a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, a wide selection of NC grown and produced products such as honey, jams and jellies, nuts and NC wines. A good selection of imported beers and wines are also available. Custom made gift baskets, flowers and a gift shop for special occasions can be found here.
235 Raleigh Rd
252-438-2836

The Peanut Roaster high quality roasted, chocolate covered, and specialty seasoned nuts of all kinds. Utilizes NC and VA grown peanuts to produce some of the best tasting snacks in the industry using old family recipes. The manufacturing facility along with an adjoining retail store/gift shop is located here.
394 Zeb Robinson Rd
252-431-0100

1001 Indoor Flea Market artisans, crafts, jewelry, furniture, appliances, teachers store and more. Hours: Mon. - Fri. - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed on major holidays
119 Warrenton Road, Henderson, NC
252-204-2927

Vance County Regional Farmers Market locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, plants, crafts, homemade jams and jellies. Open Wednesday and Saturday during season from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. located off S. Beckford Drive behind Lula's Landing Apts.
2010 Southpark Drive, Henderson, NC
http://www.go.ncsu.edu/vcrfm

For the history buff

Heritage Trail Historical Walking/Driving Tour a self guided walking tour of the Henderson downtown historic district. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown starting point is the Fire Dept./Clock Tower, circa 1908 located at 205 N. Garnett Street. See various styles of architecture and noteworthy examples of distinctive building styles associated with particular construction periods. A driving tour of county historic sites and points of interest is also included. Maps and brochures are available at the Vance County Tourism Office located in the Crossroads Shopping Center at 946-T West Andrews Ave. in Henderson. (252) 438-2222. Some of the most visited county historic sites and points of interest are noted below:

Confederate Cemetery a NC Civil War Trails Historic Site. Self-guided tour. The final resting place of 52 Confederate soldiers from VA, NC, SC and GA. All soldiers buried here died at the nearby Kittrell Springs Hotel which had been converted into a military hospital during the war. W. Chavis Lane - Kittrell, NC.

St. James Episcopal Church circa.1860. Erected a short time before the Civil War. The minister at that time, Rev. M. M. Marshall, presided at the burials of the soldiers who died at the nearby Kittrell Springs Hotel Hospital. Corner of Main & Williams St. - Kittrell, NC.

St. Johns Episcopal Church circa 1746. The only remaining colonial Anglican church building in the Diocese of NC. It is also the oldest frame church in NC and the 3rd oldest church standing in NC today. No active congregation. Jct. of NC Hwy 39 North & Stagecoach Rd., Williamsboro, NC

Raleigh Road Drive-In Theater one of only a half-dozen remaining drive-in theaters still operating in North Carolina. Originally opened in 1949 the theater is the oldest of those remaining. In 2006, new ownership purchased the dated drive-in and made significant upgrades and brought new life to the theater. Today, it is well-known for its family and kid friendly environment. Call for schedule.
3336 Raleigh Road (US 1 Business South)
252-438-6959
http://www.raleighroaddrivein.com

Perry Memorial Library originally opened in 1924 and most recently moved into its new facility on July 5, 2006. With two floors, space for many books and materials, new computers, and as an Internet hot-spot, the new Perry Library is ready to serve Vance County as never before. The local history room, located on the second floor, houses information relative to the history of the area and is also a good source for genealogical and family history research.
205 Breckenridge St.
252-438-3316
http://www.perrylibrary.org

Henderson Institute Historical Museum A museum of history, oral and written records, books, photographs, and printed materials regarding the education of African-Americans at Henderson Institute, and artifacts and other items of interest displayed. Located on the corner of Beckford Drive and 500 W. Rockstpring Street. Open: Wednesday and Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Other hours by appointment Contact: Edna Scott, Curator - Edith Carroll, Assistant 252-430-0616
629 W. Rockspring Street
252-430-0616
http://www.henderson-institute.org

Corbitt Truck Museum Explore the history and evolution of the Corbitts from early buggies to the mighty military trucks from the period of 1899 to 1954. Call for an appointment to visit the museum. School groups are invited. 252-767-2247 or 252-432-6467 or 252-430-9045
180 Church Street, Henderson, NC
252-767-2247
http://www.corbitttrucks.com

Dining

In the downtown historic district
George's Restaurant - Lunch & Dinner
Hattie's - Breakfast
Village Cafe - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Flickers Sports Bar and Grill - Lunch & Dinner
Taqueria Ponce Mexican Restaurant Authentic Mexican - Lunch & Dinner

US 1 North Business (N. Garnett St/Norlina Rd):
220 Seafood Restaurant
Nunnery-Freeman Barbecue
Burger King
Skipper Forsyth Barbecue
Subway
Habanero Mexican Restaurant

US 1 Business South (Raleigh Road)
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Burger King
China King
Arby's
Kang Wangz Burgers & Wings
LaMazorca Mexican Restaurant
Soul Delicious Restaurant

On Main thoroughfares:

Dabney Drive (I-85 Exit 213):
Hardees
Little Cesars Pizza
Golden Skillet Chicken
Wendy's
Bojangles
Papa John's Pizza
Subway
Bamboo Garden Chinese
Denny's
Kentucky Fried Chicken (buffet location)
McDonalds
Smithfield Chicken & Barbecue
Ruby Tuesday
Chic-Fil-a
Taco Bell
Golden Corral (buffet)
Pizza Hut
Mayflower Seafood

S. Beckford Dr. (at its intersection with Dabney Dr.):
Big Cheese Pizza
The Village Kitchen (Chinese & American)
Ichibar Japanese Restaurant
Pino's Italian Restaurant
Dominos Pizza

Ruin Creek Road (I-85 Exit 212):
Burger King
Sheetz
Cracker Barrel
Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant
Ribeyes Steakhouse
Waffle House

NC 39 North @ Jct. of I-85 (I-85 Exit 214)
Waffle House
Vaughans Restaurant 39 (Southern home style cooking)

Lodging

In the event your planned activities are not completed by the end of the day we have plenty of lodging choices available to serve you. You can choose from numerous national & regional chain motels (Hampton Inn, Red Roof Inn, Baymont Inn & Suites, Sleep Inn, Quality Inn, Econo-Lodge, Budget Host Inn & Scottish Inn), two rural bed and breakfast inns (Lamplight Inn & Run of the Mill B&B) or several non-chain affiliated motels. Kerr Lake waterfront cottages are available at Satterwhite Point Marina. If you are looking for just the basics or all the comforts of home you will find a property to suit your needs and budget.

Be sure to pick up a Henderson/Kerr Lake Visitors Guide for a complete listing of all the restaurants and lodging establishments in our area. Local, area and state maps are also available.

We thank you for visiting Henderson, Vance County and Kerr Lake. It is our sincere hope that your time spent here has created a memorable experience and that you will make plans for a return visit soon.

Your friends at:
Vance County Tourism Department
Crossroads Shopping Center
946-T West Andrews Ave.
Henderson, NC 27536
866-438-4565
252-438-2222
www.kerrlake-nc.

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