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Explore on Horseback Experience North Carolina’s coast, Piedmont, and mountains from a new perspective — on horseback. Equestrian experts across the state offer unforgettable tours of our summer landscapes. Equine

Madison County Championship Rodeo

Explore on Horseback Experience North Carolina’s coast, Piedmont, and mountains from a new perspective — on horseback. Equestrian experts across the state offer unforgettable tours of our summer landscapes. Equine

Rosemary and Goat Cheese Strata

Explore on Horseback Experience North Carolina’s coast, Piedmont, and mountains from a new perspective — on horseback. Equestrian experts across the state offer unforgettable tours of our summer landscapes. Equine

4 Items for Your June To-Do List

Explore on Horseback

Experience North Carolina’s coast, Piedmont, and mountains from a new perspective — on horseback. Equestrian experts across the state offer unforgettable tours of our summer landscapes.

Equine Adventures

A horseback ride to the beach begins at the sound end of Hatteras Island and winds along sandy trails through Frisco’s maritime forest. And keep your eyes peeled for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the distance. For riders seeking speed, guides will demonstrate how to canter along the water’s edge.

52193 Piney Ridge Road
Frisco, NC 27936
(855) 629-7669
equineadventures.com

Country Time Equestrian Events

Enjoy a relaxing summer evening with a guided horseback ride just outside of Charlotte. Follow your guide through cornfields and farmland as the sun sets. You’ll return just in time for an old-fashioned cowboy dinner featuring grilled chicken, pork chops, mashed potatoes, and baked apples around the campfire.

310 Joe Lee Helms Road
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 992-1550
horsebacktrailriding.com

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

Starting at a fourth-generation family ranch in Marshall, horseback rides at Sandy Bottom traverse winding mountain trails leading to expansive views. You can even catch a glimpse of the Big Bald summit and neighboring Tennessee. Longer rides include a stop at the Little Pine Gem Mine, where you can dismount and pan for treasure.

1459 Caney Fork Road
Marshall, NC 28753
(828) 649-3464
sandybottomtrailrides.net


Cliffside Overlook provides a stunning view of Linville Peak, framed by blooming rhododendrons in late spring and early summer. photograph by Craig Zerbe/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Welcome Blooming Rhododendrons

The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble
Grandfather Mountain — May 28-June 5

The first sign of summer at Grandfather Mountain has arrived: The rhododendron blooms are back. Join a guided trail walk through the Catawba rhododendrons — known for their bright pink and purple flowers, these shrubs thrive above 3,000 feet. The annual event will close on Sunday with a guest speaker, kids’ craft stations, and opportunities to learn more about this ancient mountain.

2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646
(800) 468-7325
grandfather.com/events


Kitty Hawk Kites, the host of this long-standing event, has been an Outer Banks beach staple for experienced and novice flyers alike since 1974. photograph by Daniel Pullen

Fly a Kite Up High

40th Annual Rogallo Kite Festival
Nags Head — June 17-19

Fly your own kite out, or set up beach chairs at Jockey’s Ridge State Park and watch as a rainbow of kites — some up to 100 feet long — soar overhead. Named for NASA engineer Francis Rogallo, who retired in Kitty Hawk, the festival celebrates the inventor whose flexible wing paved the way for stunt kites, hang gliding, and more.

(252) 449-2210
kittyhawk.com/events


illustration by wildpixel/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Celebrate Freedom for All

On June 19, 1865, all remaining enslaved people in the United States were freed. More than 150 years later, Juneteenth National Independence Day became a federal holiday. This month, honor this historic event at one of our state’s celebrations.

Juneteenth Celebration
Raleigh — June 18-19

The Pope House Museum, named for its former resident, Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope — the only Black man to run for mayor of a Southern capital city during the Jim Crow era — will host a two-day educational event.

raleighnc.gov/pope-house

Freedom Festival
Asheville — June 17

Head out to Pack Square Park to enjoy live music, food trucks, art displays, and a parade to honor the descendants of those who were enslaved.

juneteenthofasheville.com

North Carolina Juneteenth Festival
Concord — June 18

Shop goods from 40 Black-owned businesses while enjoying dance performances, crafts, giveaways, and even a pie-eating contest.

(704) 920-3976
cabarrusarena.com

Juneteenth Jubilee
Fayetteville — June 18-19

A street fair in downtown Fayetteville will feature live music performances. On Sunday, taste dishes from Black chefs and culinary students at the Heritage Brunch.

visitdowntownfayetteville.com/juneteenth-jubilee

Bunce Island Exhibit
Leland — June 17-18

Leland Cultural Arts Center will host this traveling exhibit, which tells the history of Bunce Island in Sierra Leone, once a major part of the Atlantic slave trade.

(910) 385-9891
townofleland.com/lcac


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This story was published on May 31, 2022

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