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Explore Kings Mountain This Weekend

If you’re looking for a getaway not too far from the Queen City, Kings Mountain is the perfect location! Explore the city’s history, food, outdoor activities, shopping and much more.
Weekend Explorer Kings Mountain
Weekend Explorer Kings Mountain

By Michaela Duckett

Welcome to Kings Mountain

Established in 1874, the city of Kings Mountain owes it moniker to the famous military battle fought just a few miles south of its borders. Thomas Jefferson proclaimed the Battle of Kings Mountain “the turning point of the American Revolution.” But don’t be deceived; it isn’t limited to history. Located about 30 miles west of Charlotte, the charming suburb bills fantastic fare, shopping, culture and adventure – and most of it is free.

Where to go

Visit the Kings Mountain Historical Museum, which features rotating exhibits and an extensive archival collection documenting local history. The enchanting “Toys, Games & TRAINS” exhibit returns Nov. 14, spotlighting nostalgic model trains, miniature snow-covered scenes and various interactive activities. Bring a camera; it’s the perfect holiday family photo opportunity.

Kings Mountain’s quaint downtown is a great place to pass an afternoon with locals. Browse an array of unique gift and consignment shops filled with everything from handmade crafts, furniture and repurposed goods to vintage records and antique collectibles.

Enjoy a show at the storied Joy Performance Center, whose doors opened in 1951. “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carole,” a whimsical adaption of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” takes the stage in November and stars fairy tale characters like the Big Bad Wolf, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge..

What to do

Take in fall’s beauty with a stroll along the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail. Permitted activities include walking, running, biking and skating. Seeking more adventure? Visit Crowders Mountain State Park to enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing and other outdoor activities all year long. Get artsy at the Kings Mountain Art Center, home of the Southern Arts Society, Inc. Take a class or browse the works of more than 75 regional artists, which are displayed and for sale. For highlights of Southern history and culture, take in the “Gateways to the South” exhibit, showcased through Nov. 13.

Where to shop

Dine at one of the town’s newest hot spots, 238 Pizzeria. The New York-style brick oven pizza joint prides itself on sourcing only the freshest ingredients for its famed pies. The menu features other classic Italian dishes including pastas, sub sandwiches, stromboli, calzones and salads. And for foodies and brew lovers alike, a stop at 238 Cherokee Grill, which boasts daily cocktail specials and an impressive selection of regional craft beers on tap, is a must.


This article ran in the November 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.

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