Your Favorite Roadside Attractions - Carolina Country

Your Favorite Roadside Attractions

Top picks from our readers

One of the best parts of a road trip is the unexpected gems you find along the way — and North Carolina is teeming with them. We asked our readers to share their favorites, so take their recommendations to heart and keep your eyes peeled on your next drive. We also included some tried-and-true stops from Please note that all map locations are best approximations, not precise locations.

Sunset Beach Park

Sunset Beach Park, Sunset Beach

1Sunset Beach Park
Sunset Beach | [map new-window]
This little jewel tucked away under the live oaks sits on the Intercoastal waterway. It hosts lovely swings and walking paths overlooking the marsh. You might even see a little fishing boat testing the water.

Wanda Jackson, Star, a member of Randolph EMC

2Big Blackbeard Statue
Beaufort, Hwy 70| [map new-window]

3Civil War Ironclad Replica
Plymouth, W Water Street| [map new-window]

Rock Garden Of America

Rock Garden of America, Littleton

4Rock Garden of America
Littleton | [map new-window]
This one is hard to spot in a person’s yard, and we did pass it at first. This is my daughter Bethany Neary enjoying this attraction.

Karen Beikirch, Statesville, a member of EnergyUnited

5Largest (Real) Tire
Bladenboro, Hwy 131 N | [map new-window]

Clamshell Shell Station

Clamshell Shell Station, Winston-Salem

6Clamshell Shell
Winston-Salem, E Sprague Street | [mapnew-window]
This clamshell-shaped Shell service station was built in the 1930s, and in 1976 was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is the last remaining clamshell station out of eight in this area. It’s a short detour from I-40 and near Kermit’s Hot Dog House!

Ashley Johnston, North Wilkesboro

7Dinosaur Skeleton Sculptures
Pikeville, Hwy 581 | [map new-window]

Sunset Beach Park

Cascade Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway

8Cascade Falls
Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 272.5 | [map new-window]
Approach the Blue Ridge Parkway turnoff to E.B. Jeffress Park and gaze upon a magnificent, expansive view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A trail to the left takes you on a gradual descent through a deeply forested greenway, trees taller than three stories high, skirted by rhododendrons and other native plants. In no time you’re face-to-face with Cascade Falls, a broad waterway that tumbles over massive rock formations. You’ll never forget this experience!

Amy Millette, Vilas, a member of Blue Ridge Energy

25 foot tall Indian sculpture cherokee

25-ft-tall American Indian Statue, Cherokee

9American Indian Statue
Cherokee, Paint Town Road | [map new-window]
This statue has been standing there for at least three decades and stands on a drum. His headdress is half missing now.

Paul Jakubiak, Murphy, a member of Blue Ridge Mountain EMC 

10World’s Largest Strawberry
Ellerbe, Cargo Road | [map new-window]



11Dale Earnhardt Statue
Kannapolis, S Main Street | [map new-window]



12Shoe House
Lincolnton, Hwy 182 | [map new-window]



13House of Mugs/Cup House
Collettsville, Old Johns River Road | [map new-window]


Occoneechee Trappers Lodge

Occoneechee Trapper’s Lodge, Garysburg

14Occoneechee Trapper’s Lodge 
Garysburg, 10 miles off I-95 | [map new-window]

This was definitely our favorite roadside attraction on our trip to visit our daughter in eastern NC. You could spend hours looking at this lodge! This is me looking out from this amazing cabin! Folk art at it’s finest. 

Karen Beikirch, Statesville, a member of EnergyUnited

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