Weekly Spotlight 6/18/19

Hinson Lake

Find your Getaway in Richmond County at Hinson Lake in Rockingham. This all-in-one 216-acre facility includes amenities to suit almost every type of outdoorsman! Whether your sport is disc golf, fishing, jogging, picnicking, or wildlife viewing, Hinson Lake has you covered. The newly constructed disc-golf course includes 18 holes and recently hosted a successful tournament by Richmond County Young Professionals. Fishermen can choose the perfect spot on the fishing piers or the 300 foot Leath Footbridge that spans across the upper end of the lake and includes a covered observation deck with benches. Hooking the perfect catch is very likely since the lake is annually stocked with various fishing game. The 2.75 miles of improved trails are ideal for jogging or walking, while viewing the beautiful wildlife scenery. Interpretative signs can be found along the trails that provide information about the various habitats, plant life, wildlife, and aquatic life found around the facility.

The facility is also known for hosting the Hinson Lake 24-hour Ultra Classic, a 24-hour endurance run around the 1.5-mile lake troop trail that brings in hundreds of runners from all over the United States every year.

        The onsite Rotary Lodge includes a 1,300 square foot meeting room and kitchen, an office for facility staff, a 1,400 square foot covered deck that overlooks Hinson Lake and the adjacent beaver pond, and outdoor grill/fireplace. The meeting room and kitchen are available for group meetings and cookouts through the City of Rockingham Parks and Recreation Department, which operates and maintains the facility.

        The facility is a collaborative effort by the City of Rockingham and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) with additional funding provided by the Cole Foundation, the Rockingham Rotary Club, the Leath Foundation, and the Richmond County Tourism Development Authority. The property was donated to the NCWRC by the Hinson family in the early 1990’s and sat unused for more than 12 years before the City of Rockingham entered into an agreement in 1990 to develop the facility, as it currently exists. In 2006, the facility officially opened for public use and continues to be a tremendous source of community pride, as a beautiful hub for outdoor fun and fellowship.


Weekly Spotlight 6/11/19

Millstone 4H Camp

      Find Your Getaway in Richmond County at one of the three 4H Camps in North Carolina, Millstone 4-H Camp that is nestled in the beautiful countryside near Ellerbe. School is out, kids are bored, and gaming/ electronic usage is at its peak. Millstone 4H Camp not only keeps young minds actively learning, but also instills character through interactive outdoor fun. In their 80th year of operation, the North Carolina State University owned facility kicked off their summer camps this past Sunday, 6/9, with a Horsemanship Camp. Around 80 campers are attending the weeklong camp, along with their personal horses. Other camps offered this summer include: three weeks of traditional 4-H, Cloverbud, Shooting Sports, Boating, Fur, Fish, & Game, and Adventure Fur, Fish, & Game.  

      Camp Director, Keith Russell, began his thirty-two year long career in camp directing after working two summers as a camp counselor while he was completing his Recreation degree from Western University. Russell said the majority of the 30 camp counselors and staff hired seasonally to accommodate the 850 plus summer campers are predominantly college students and from all over the state. 

      Millstone holds several events, including the upcoming “Pickin’ in the Pines” event on October 19 to raise money to support the cost of summer camps. In addition to the summer camps, the facility also hosts around 20,000 people throughout the year with various other events and groups, such as, conferences, retreats, team-building seminars, and tournaments. 

      There are a few open slots in the Boating, Shooting Sports, and Fur, Fish, & Game camps. Sign up today at www.millstone4hcamp.com to discover the Millstone Experience disconnecting from the electronics to connect with nature! 


Weekly Spotlight 6/4/19

Dewitt's Outdoor Sports, LLC

     Find Your Getaway in Richmond County at Dewitt’s Outdoor Sports. LLC. Shooting for some outdoor activities “ammo” fun? Dewitt’s is your one-stop shop for purchasing, learning about, and practicing with an assortment of firearms. Beautifully nestled in the outskirts of Ellerbe, the scenic 1 and 2/10 mile course at Dewitt’s boasts over 14 stations with targets from various angles that simulate actual hunting experiences.  

     This past weekend Dewitt’s hosted the 2019 North Carolina Sporting Clays Championship and had a record number of 290 entrants over the weekend. Contestants attempted 100 targets on over 15 different stations and another 100 targets on Sunday for the final championship. This was the 7th year that Dewitt’s hosted the NC Championship since the inaugural hosting in 2004. 

     Although Dewitt’s Outdoor Sports is known for their sporting clays, pistol and riffle ranges, hunting activities, and target practice, this locally owned facility is rooted in community engagement, family bonding, and sportsmanship. Open to the public 7 days a week, Dewitt’s is also the perfect venue for celebrations, such as birthday parties, class reunions, weddings, and other events. For more information on rentals or the limitless sportsman activities available, call (910) 652-2926 or visit their website http://www.dewittsoutdoorsports.com/ .

Go experience the “blast” at Dewitt’s Outdoor Sports!


Weekly Spotlight 5/28/19

National Railroad Museum & Hall of Fame, Inc.

     Find your getaway in Richmond County at the National Railroad Museum and Hall Of Fame Inc. in Hamlet. The weather is still smoldering and finding fun, yet educational, options for the whole family can be difficult, but not in Richmond County! The railroad represents one of the historical pillars of our county, particularly in Hamlet. The rich foundational roots of railroading are reflected in the museum's mission to preserve railroad history by collecting and displaying railroad memorabilia, maps, photographs, and a wide variety of other artifacts. Not only does the museum house a plethora of railroad related documents and items, but it also showcases various other historical highlights of the City of Hamlet.

      Museum President and board member, Tim Nevinger, says he and the board take great pride in this non-profit organization that is maintained and operated by volunteers, including himself and his wife, Kay Cavendish. Kay also heads up the popular thrift shop in Hamlet, “The Grab,” from which the contributions of donated items are used to fund the museum.

      Go check out this hidden treasure that evidences a time where railroads were the main source of long distance travel, passenger train service was as its zenith, and Hamlet was referred to as the “Hub of the South.”

      Although they are only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4p, they will gladly open up by request for appointments (910-582-3555).


Weekly Spotlight-5/21/19

Discovery Place Kids- Rockingham (5/21/19)

      Find Your Getaway in Richmond County at Discovery Place Kids in downtown Rockingham. Beat the heat, ditch the electronics, and come spend quality time with your family in this interactive learning environment. The children’s museum features developmentally-appropriate exhibits for children ages birth to ten that encourage children to explore their world, interact with others, test their skills and muscles, and experiment with new ideas. 

        DPK Rockingham is part of the Discovery Place family and is one of two Discovery Place Kids Museums in North Carolina. Museum Director, Katie Herndon, says DPK is, “ a great place for families to gather and learn.” With Rockingham being on the way to the beach, DPK is a great stopping point to give the kids a break from traveling, to not only stretch their legs, but also their minds! 

For more information, including facility rentals for birthday parties and other celebrations, visit their Facebook page or call (910) 997-5266.