Stanly County shines as one of the Carolina’s best locations for recreation with mountains on the horizon and two lakes, Lake Tillery and Badin Lake, which beckon boating, swimming and fishing year-round. Kayak or paddle along the Rocky River Blueway, stretching 49 miles from Midland to Lilesville, NC. Visit one of our equestrian centers, clays shooting ranges, community parks, lush greenways, historic Reed Gold Mine, and annual events that draw thousands.
When you’re ready to hit the links, three challenging golf courses stretch across the county, plus a dozen more within a half-hour and renowned Pinehurst Golf Resort & Spa less than an hour away. Many newcomers are surprised by our five vineyards which thrive in our Mediterranean-like climate: Dennis Vineyards Winery, Stony Mountain Vineyards, Uwharrie Vineyards & Winery, Rocky River Vineyards and Morgan Ridge Vineyard.