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Central North Carolina Map (with 300+ Great Places Listed)

Published by Carl Hedinger. Last Updated on February 27, 2024.

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This Central North Carolina map is a branch of the North Carolina Travel Map that we’ve created for the entire state.

Central North Carolina Map

This map, like those dedicated to Eastern and Western North Carolina, alphabetically features specific counties and attractions within each one.

First, we will break down what makes up Central North Carolina before sharing the embedded map and attractions listed. Many of these locations are linked to individual North Carolina travel guides that we’ve created.

Read More: 100+ Unique Things to Do in North Carolina (Your NC Bucket List)

Central North Carolina Map Defined

Central North Carolina
David Benbennick, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Central North Carolina is definitely the busiest part of our state! That’s largely thanks to the megacity of Charlotte, the Research Triangle’s Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and the Piedmont Triad’s Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

Along with those bustling central North Carolina cities, the area also holds some of our most beautiful state parks, federal and privately owned outdoor spaces, and small towns.

While there are multiple definitions of “What makes up Central North Carolina,” we’ve defined its western edges from north to south as follows:

  • Surry County
  • Yadkin County
  • Iredell County
  • Mecklenburg County

Also, these are the easternmost counties included from north to south:

  • Warren County
  • Franklin County
  • Wake County
  • Lee County
  • Moore County
  • Richmond County

Along with the above border counties, here are all 30 counties of central NC included in this guide:

  • Alamance County (Burlington, Graham, and More)
  • Anson County (Wadesboro and Lilesville)
  • Cabarrus County (Concord, Kannapolis, and More)
  • Caswell County (Yanceyville and Milton)
  • Chatham County (Pittsboro and Siler City)
  • Davidson County (Lexington)
  • Davie County (Mocksville)
  • Durham County (Durham and Bahama)
  • Forsyth County (Winston-Salem and More)
  • Franklin County (Louisburg)
  • Granville County (Oxford and Butner)
  • Guilford County (Greensboro and High Point)
  • Iredell County (Mooresville and Statesville)
  • Lee County (Sanford)
  • Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, Huntersville, and More)
  • Montgomery County (Troy and Star)
  • Moore County (Southern Pines and Pinehurst)
  • Orange County (Chapel Hill and Hillsborough)
  • Person County (Roxboro and Rougemont)
  • Randolph County (Asheboro and Seagrove)
  • Richmond County (Rockingham and Pee Dee NWF)
  • Rockingham County (Reidsville and Mayo River State Park)
  • Rowan County (Salisbury and Spencer)
  • Stanly County (Albemarle and Morrow Mountain)
  • Stokes County (Danbury and Hanging Rock)
  • Surry County (Mount Airy and Elkin)
  • Union County (Monroe and Waxhaw)
  • Vance County (Henderson and Kerr Lake)
  • Wake County (Raleigh, Cary, and More)
  • Warren County (Warrenton and Norlina)
  • Yadkin County (Jonesville and Yadkinville)

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The Central North Carolina Map

Now that we’ve defined the boundaries of the area, here is the embedded Central North Carolina map, as promised.

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Central North Carolina Map Attractions Mentioned

Here are the Central North Carolina Map locations mentioned in this part of the state.

Alamance County (Burlington, Saxapahaw, and More)

  • Haw River Ballroom
  • Haw River Farmhouse Ales
  • Hursey’s Barbecue (Burlington)
  • Hursey’s Barbecue (Mebane)
  • Saxapahaw General Store
  • Saxapahaw Island Park

Read More: Day Trips from Greensboro

Anson County (Wadesboro, Lilesville, and More)

  • Huntley House
  • Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge

Cabarrus County (Concord, Kannapolis, and More)


  • Buzzed Viking Brewing Company
  • Cabarrus Brewing
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Concord Mills Mall
  • The Depot at Gibson Mill (Antique Mall)
  • The Dirt Tack at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Frank Liske Park
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Hendrick Motorsports Museum and Team Store
  • High Branch Brewing
  • K1 Speed Indoor Karting
  • Luck Factory
  • Mustang Owner’s Museum
  • Red Hill Brewing
  • SEA LIFE at Concord Mills
  • Southern Strain Brewing
  • Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company
  • zMax Dragway

Read More: The 20 Best Things to Do in Concord (Exciting Races + Great Places!)

Kannapolis (Cabarrus County and Rowan County)

  • 3 Jems Boutique
  • Adair
  • Chophouse 101
  • Curb Records and Motorsports Museum
  • Dale Earnhardt Plaza
  • Eat Cakes Bakery
  • The Gem Theatre
  • Kannapolis Cannonballers Stadium (Atrium Ballpark)
  • Lennon Boutique
  • Local Patriots Roasting Company
  • Lovely Lines
  • NC Music Hall of Fame
  • My Sister’s Place
  • Old Armor Beer Company
  • The Slot Car Track
  • The Swanee Theatre
  • Veterans Park
  • Vietnam Veterans Park
  • Village Park
  • What-a-Burger #10

Read More: Things to Do in Kannapolis

Midland (Cabarrus County)

  • Reed Gold Mine
  • Riverbend Farm

Mount Pleasant (Cabarrus County)

Read More: Day Trips from Charlotte

Caswell County (Yanceyville, Milton, and More)

  • Historic Milton

Chatham County (Pittsboro, Siler City, and More)

  • Carolina Brewery
  • Carolina Tiger Rescue
  • Fearrington House Inn
  • Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Read More: Day Trips from Raleigh

Davidson County (Lexington and More)

  • Bar-B-Q Center
  • Bob Timberlake Gallery and Museum
  • Bull City Ciderworks (Lexington)
  • The Candy Factory
  • Childress Vineyards
  • Conrad & Hinkle
  • Curran Alexander Vineyards
  • Goose and the Monkey
  • Junius Lindsay Vineyard
  • Lanier Hardware
  • Lexington Barbecue
  • Missions Pottery
  • Native Vines Winery
  • Perfect Blend Coffee Shop
  • Smiley’s Lexington Barbecue
  • Sophie’s Cork & Ale
  • Speedy’s Barbecue
  • Weathervane Winery

Read More: Lexington NC Map of 20+ Attractions (+ 7 Surrounding Counties!)

Davie County (Mocksville and More)

  • The Fields at Sunflower Trail (Mocksville)
  • Lazy Elm Vineyard and Winery
  • RayLen Vineyards and Winery
  • Riverpark at Cooleemee Falls (The Bullhole)

Read More: Beautiful Sunflower Fields in NC (When + Where to Find Them)

Durham County (Durham, Bahama, and More)

  • American Tobacco Campus
  • Barrel Culture
  • Black Wall Street
  • Bull City Burger & Brewery
  • Bull City Ciderworks
  • Bull City Laughs
  • Bull Durham Beer Co
  • Durham Civil Rights Mural
  • The Durham Hotel
  • Eno River State Park
  • Falls Lake State Recreation Area
  • Fullsteam Brewing (Downtown and Boxyard RTP)
  • Historic Stagville State Historic Site
  • Hi-Wire Brewing
  • Little River Regional Park
  • Penny’s Bend
  • Ponysaurus Brewing
  • Sarah P. Duke Gardens
  • Washington Duke Inn
  • West Point on the Eno City Park

Read More: 17 Amazing Eno River State Park Trails (+ Bonus Hikes)

Forsyth County (Winston-Salem and More)

Read More: Fun Things to Do in Winston-Salem

Franklin County (Louisburg and More)

  • Hill Ridge Farms
  • Perry’s Mill Pond

Granville County (Butner, Oxford, and More)

  • Falls Lake State Recreational Area
  • Strong Arm Baking Company

Read More: Day Trips from Durham

Guilford County (Greensboro, High Point, and More)

Guilford County is home to Greensboro and High Point, but also some interesting spots on all sides of those two.


  • Bog Garden at Benjamin Park
  • Celebration Station
  • Elsewhere Modern Art Museum
  • Fainting Goat Spirits
  • Gateway Gardens
  • Grandover Resort
  • Greensboro Arboretum
  • Greensboro Coliseum
  • Greensboro Grasshoppers Stadium
  • Greensboro History Museum
  • Greensboro Science Center
  • Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
  • The Historic Magnolia House
  • International Civil Rights Center & Museum
  • Lebauer Park
  • McLaurin Farms (home of Woods of Terror)
  • Miriam P. Brenner Children’s Museum
  • Natty Greene’s Brewing
  • NC A&T State University
  • O.Henry Hotel
  • Pig Pounder Brewing
  • Proximity Hotel
  • Scuppernong Books
  • Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts
  • Summerfield Farms
  • Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden
  • UNC Greensboro
  • Weatherspoon Art Museum
  • Wet n’ Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park

Read More: 30+ Awesome Things to Do in Greensboro (Truly Unique Places!)

High Point (Guilford County)

  • All-a-Flutter Butterfly Farm
  • World’s Largest Chest of Drawers

More Guilford County Central North Carolina Map Locations

Read More: Things to Do in Greensboro

Iredell County (Mooresville, Statesville, and More)


  • Carrigan Farms
  • DE Turner Hardware
  • Future Fashion Designers
  • Ghostface Brewing
  • GoPro Motorplex
  • Jolly Roger Brewery
  • JR Motorsports
  • King Canary Brewing
  • Kyle Busch Motorsports
  • Lake Norman Antique Mall
  • LangTree Village
  • Live Well Sauna & Salt
  • Mazeppa Park Mountain Bike Trail
  • Mooresville Arts
  • North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  • Penske Racing
  • The Pit Indoor Kart Racing

Read More: Things to Do in Mooresville

Statesville (Iredell County)

  • BigLeaf Slopes Park
  • Big oh! Balloons
  • Fort Dobbs Historic Site
  • Hazy Red Vineyard
  • Historic Sharpe House
  • Inn on Front Street
  • Iredell Museums
  • Jay Bee’s Hot Dogs
  • The Kinsleeshop Farm
  • Red Buffalo Brewing Co
  • Rescue Ranch
  • Southern Distilling Company
  • Statesville Greenway
  • Wine Maestro

Read More: Things to Do in Statesville

Troutman (Iredell County)

  • Daveste Vineyards

Read More: 25 Wonderful Wineries Near Asheville (Vineyards Within 2 Hours)

More Iredell County Central North Carolina Map Locations

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Lee County (Sanford and More)

  • Ole Gilliam Mill Park
  • Sanford Antique Mall
  • White Pines Nature Preserve

Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, Huntersville, and More)


  • 7th Street Public Market
  • Bank of America Stadium
  • Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
  • Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
  • Carowinds Amusement Park
  • Catawba Brewing
  • Charlotte Museum of History
  • D9 Brewing
  • Discovery Place
  • Discovery Place Science
  • Duke Mansion
  • The Dunhill Hotel
  • Freedom Park
  • Harvey B Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
  • Heist Brewing (NoDa and Barrel Arts)
  • Levine Center for the Arts
  • Levine Museum of the New South
  • The Mint Museum (Randolph)
  • The Mint Museum (Uptown Charlotte)
  • Mosiac Village Mural
  • Museum of Illusions
  • The NASCAR Hall of Fame
  • The Neighborhood Theatre
  • NoDa Brewing (CLT Airport, NoDa, and Northend)
  • The Spectrum Center
  • Sycamore Brewing
  • Truist Ballpark (Charlotte Knights)
  • The US National Whitewater Center

Read More: Things to Do in Charlotte

More Mecklenburg County Central North Carolina Map Locations

  • Carolina Raptor Center (Huntersville)
  • Carolina Renaissance Festival (Huntersville)
  • D9 Brewing (Cornelius and Huntersville)
  • Discovery Place Kids (Huntersville)
  • Eleven Lakes Brewing (Cornelius)
  • Hello, Sailor (Cornelius)

Read More: 25+ Great Things to Do in Lake Norman (Nearby Towns and Parks)

  • Historic Rural Hill (Huntersville)
  • James K. Polk State Historic Site (Pineville)
  • Jetton Park (Cornelius)
  • Kindred (Davidson)
  • McLawland Farms (Charlotte)
  • Milkbread (Davidson)
  • Ramsey Creek Park (Cornelius)
  • Summit Coffee (Davidson, 2 Locations)
  • The Waterman Fish Bar (Cornelius)
  • Whit’s Frozen Custard (Davidson)

Read More: Outdoor Things to Do in Charlotte

Montgomery County (Troy, Star, and More)

  • Badin Lake
  • STARworks

Moore County (Southern Pines, Pinehurst, and More)

Read More: Things to Do in Southern Pines and Things to Do in Pinehurst

Orange County (Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and More)

Chapel Hill and Carrboro

  • African-American Trailblazers Mural
  • Carolina Brewery
  • Carolina North Forest
  • Carrboro Farmers’ Market
  • Gizmo Brew Works
  • The Siena Hotel
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Vecino Brewing

Read More: Things to Do in Chapel Hill

Hillsborough (Orange County)

Read More: Hillsborough in Orange County (and 7 Great Things to Do)

Person County (Roxboro, Rougemont, and More)

  • Castle Mont Rouge

Randolph County (Asheboro, Seagrove, and More)

Read More: Things to Do in Asheboro and Randolph County

Richmond County (Rockingham, Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, and More)

  • Rockingham Dragway

Rockingham County (Reidsville and More)

  • Devil Dog Orchard
  • Mayo River State Park

Rowan County (Salisbury, Spencer, and More)

Read More: 20+ Amazing Children’s Museums in North Carolina

Stanly County (Albemarle, Morrow Mountain, and More)

  • Morrow Mountain State Park

Stokes County (Danbury, Hanging Rock, and More)

Read More: Colorful Fall Hikes in North Carolina (+ 20 Beautiful Places to Explore!)

Surry County (Mount Airy, Elkin, and More)

Elkin (Surry and Wilkes counties)

Read More: The Best Things to Do in Elkin, NC (Wineries, Outdoor Fun, and more!)

Mount Airy (Surry County)

  • Round Peak Vineyards
  • Serre Vineyards
  • White Elephant Beer Company

More Surry County Central North Carolina Map Locations

  • Golden Road Vineyards
  • Haze Gray Vineyards
  • Hidden Vineyard
  • JOLO Winery and Vineyards
  • Jones von Drehle Vineyards & Winery
  • McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks
  • Pilot Mountain State Park
  • Pilot Mountain Vineyards
  • Rockford General Store
  • Shelton Vineyards
  • Stony Knoll Vineyards

Union County (Monroe, Waxhaw, and More)

  • Treehouse Vineyards

Read More: 20 Awesome Wineries near Charlotte (Vineyards Within 2 Hours)

Vance County (Henderson, Kerr Lake, and More)

  • Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

Wake County (Raleigh, Cary, and More)

Read More: Amazing Things to Do in Raleigh (Award-Winning Restaurants, Museums, and More!)

Warren County (Warrenton, Norlina, and More)

  • Bragging Rooster Bear and Mead (Warrenton)
  • Buck Spring Park
  • Bruger Barn (Warrenton)
  • Drip Coffee + Market (Warrenton)
  • Hardware Cafe (Warrenton)
  • The Ivy (Warrenton)
  • Locorum Distillery (Warrenton)
  • Matthews Creek Farm (Warrenton)
  • Mill Hill Brewery & Taproom (Warrenton)
  • Seven Springs Farm and Vineyard (Norlina)
  • Uptown Mercantile (Warrenton)
  • Warren County Farmers’ Market (Warrenton)

Read More: 15 Wonderful Things to Do in Warrenton (and Nearby!)

Yadkin County (Jonesville, Yadkinville, and More)

  • Divine Llama Vineyards
  • Dobbins Creek Vineyards
  • Laurel Gray Vineyards
  • RagApple Lassie Vineyards
  • Shadow Springs Vineyards

Read More: The Best Yadkin Valley Wineries to Sip and Savor Now

Anything to Add to Our Central North Carolina Map?

From our years living in this state, we’ve tried to add as many locations to this Central North Carolina map as possible. Of course, we understand if we may have missed a spot or two.

If you know of a great place that should be included, please kindly let us know here in the comments section or by email.

You’re always welcome to share your favorite places in our North Carolina Travel Facebook Group.

Before you do that, though, here are some travel guides we’ve created that go even deeper into Central North Carolina.

Beyond the Central North Carolina Map (Travel Guides)

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