Travel: What to Do in Asheboro, N.C.
Stay at a Bed & Breakfast, eat farm to table, and visit the zoo
Asheboro, holding a population of about 26,000 according to the 2020 Census, is NC’s 42nd largest city. Although it boasts city credentials, it still holds onto its old-time charm that makes it feel more like a quaint town. From a Google Search, you may be scratching your head on what a weekend trip may look like in Asheboro. Instead, take a few minutes to read our itinerary and schedule out your entire trip.
Where to stay? If Bed & Breakfasts are your preferred sleeping arrangements, check out The Duck Smith House Bed & Breakfast in Seagrove. It’s only a 20 minute drive to Asheboro, and it will give you a chance to explore the Handmade Pottery Capital of the US. Looking for something more untraditional? Visit Hipcamp, think Airbnb but for camping. Russell’s is only a stone’s throw away from Asheboro and accommodates up to 6 RVs. Assuming you may want something less portable, look at Peach’s Paradise Eco-Cabin & Bathhouse In Town! on Airbnb. This hidden gem backs up to downtown Asheboro and is within walking distance to the main strip. A “stay” list wouldn’t be complete without a traditional hotel like Hampton Inn Asheboro, located minutes from downtown and providing a complimentary breakfast to start your day off right.
Eat & Drink
Now that we know where to hunker down for the evenings, let’s discuss the food scene in Asheboro. Start your adventure with a celebration drink at Four Saints Brewing Co. It’s conveniently set up on the main drag of town, and typically has a food truck parked out front. Grab breakfast the next day at The Table, a farm to table restaurant, and pick up a local handmade craft for your petsitter as a thank you. Enjoy Latin American food at The Taco Loco. If you are feeling brave try the Cabeza, aka Beef Head.
Now for the things you do between the eating and sleeping. Of course, no trip to Asheboro is complete without a visit to the NC Zoo, touting the world’s largest natural habitat zoo with 2,600 acres to its name. Within the 2,600 acres, 500 of them are for exhibits with more than 1,100 different animals from North America and Africa. The zoo can easily take up a whole day, taking most tourists 4-5 hours to complete. Looking for more adventure? Only 10 minutes away from the zoo is the Richland Creek Zipline Canopy Tour. Spend 1.5 to 2 hours zip-lining down 14 cables, crossing bridges, and conquering ropes obstacles. Reservations are required by calling 336-736-5623. End a day with a visit to Millstone Creek Orchards. Every weekend of September is the Apple Orchard Adventure — an event with cider samples, hayrides, storytime with Johnny Appleseed, apple education, and more! In October, the orchard switches to Oktoberfest, an event with pumpkin and gourd picking as opposed to apples.
Enjoy your trip to Asheboro! Bon voyage!