Last Updated on June 7, 2021
Last Updated on June 7, 2021
Duplin County is best known for Duplin Winery, the largest wine producer in North Carolina and the entire Southern United States. While we definitely recommend you come home with a bottle or three, we’ve found that there are many more things to do in Duplin County to pair with that delicious wine!
With small-town charm and rolling farmland, Duplin county welcomes everyone to fall in love with their locally-owned shops and outdoor adventures. We’re sharing it all in this guide, along with some places to go nearby.
Here’s how we’ve organized this guide:
- 5 Seasonal Things to Do in Duplin County (Annual Events)
- 12 Things to Do in Duplin County (plus Where to Eat)
- Where to Stay
- Nearby Things to Do in Duplin County (Day Trips)
Duplin County Facts and Background Info
Located within easy access of I-95 and I-40, Duplin County includes the North Carolina towns of Kenansville, Wallace, Warsaw, and Beulaville. You might recognize Beulaville for Mike’s Farm but that wonderful place sits on the Onslow County side, with Swansboro and Jacksonville.
Known for being the center of North Carolina’s coastal wine region, Duplin is an excellent destination to relax and take in the beautiful countryside.
With agricultural roots, Duplin County is responsible for a lot of the food that North Carolinians consume. In addition to sweet potatoes, corn, and vegetables, the county also is a key player in meat production.
The annual Poultry Jubilee recognizes and celebrates this importance.
From locally-owned shops, delicious home-cooked meals, and Southern hospitality, Duplin is the definition of small-town charm.
Seasonal Things to Do in Duplin County (Annual Events)
- Carolina Strawberry Festival in May is an annual festival that takes place in Historic Downtown Wallace. In addition to the famed strawberries, this event features entertainment, games, food, and vendors.
- Blue, Brew, & Que Festival in September is all about barbecue! Enjoy the rich flavors and smell of smoke at this annual event in Duplin County, where they offer a barbecue cook-off, vendors, food, beer, and music.
- NC Muscadine Festival in September celebrates North Carolina’s state fruit, the muscadine! With more than 250 wines from across North Carolina available for tasting, this family-friendly event also includes live music, food, and a shag contest.
- Veteran’s Day Celebration in November is the oldest celebration in the nation that is held annually in Warsaw. First organized in 1921, it honors all those who have served our country.
- Poultry Jubilee in November is a celebration of Duplin County’s role in our poultry consumption! Pulling out the World’s Largest Frying Pan and cooking up some chicken, this family-friendly event brings festival-goers from all over!
Things to Do in Duplin County ALL Year
For this section, we’re going to share things to do in Duplin County, broken down by its four main towns in ABC order.
The Country Barn
When you step inside The Country Barn in Beulaville, take a deep breath to take in the scents. This country store, run by the Mennonite community, features fresh homemade bread, cheeses, and freshly churned butter.
Ann’s Thai Kitchen
Ann hails from Trat, a coastal region in Thailand with dense jungle and clear blue waters. All of the locals rave about Ann’s authentic Thai cooking, so please do yourself a favor and try a meal here!
Whipporwill Campground offers miles of trails specifically maintained for equestrians in the area between Duplin and Onslow counties. On the weekends, you’ll often find events going on at the arena and plenty of fun to be had.
Enjoy a trail ride, fish, or even stay for a weekend at the campground!
Horses can be reserved ahead of time to ride the trails at Whipporwill Campground, and they can also arrange for beach rides with enough notice!
Duplin Square Market
Duplin Square Market is an incredible place to do some shopping and pick up some souvenirs! The antique store is filled with hidden treasures and refurbished gems.
Take some time to walk around, and we guarantee you’ll find something you love!
Liberty Hall Plantation
Said to be the finest restoration of a Southern plantation home in North Carolina, Liberty Hall Plantation in Kenansville was built in the early 19th century. Today, you can tour the main house and its twelve outlying buildings.
The Filling Station
Don’t leave Duplin without one trying one of the “best burgers in town!” The Filling Station is a local Kenansville haunt that serves fresh ground chuck burgers from the grill.
They typically have diners lined up for miles! Keep in mind that this restaurant, like many in Duplin County, is cash-only.
A family-run operation, Duplin Winery has been a pillar of North Carolina Heritage for three generations.
When producing at total capacity, Duplin Winery makes 8,000 bottles of wine in an hour–and they sell it all too! The popular brand of wine can be found at grocery stores and wine shops across the nation.
But Duplin Winery didn’t always make muscadine wine! In the 1970s, brothers Dan and David Fussell decided to grow grapes for a New York winery. After four years, when grape prices started to fall, they ended up with an excess of grapes.
In an attempt to use up their inventory, the Fussell family started producing their own wine.
It wasn’t easy, as tax laws changed and made it difficult for the winery to succeed. When Americans learned about the health benefits of muscadines in the 1990s, however, the business started to boom.
Today, Duplin Winery is the largest in the South, seeing over 100,000 visitors at just the Rose Hill location. They expanded to include another tasting room in Myrtle Beach, SC, in 2015, with plans to expand to Panama City Beach, FL.
While at Duplin Winery for a tasting, make sure to sit down and enjoy a meal! The Bistro at Duplin Winery serves delicious meals, from their sandwiches to their dessert. We recommend the Bistro’s Grape Hull Pie.
With 14,000 tons of muscadines found on the premises, it’s no surprise that there’s a grape dessert on the menu. Give it a try and tell us what you think!
World’s Largest Frying Pan
How many times in your life can you say you’ve visited the world’s largest frying pan? Fifteen feet in diameter and weighing two tons, this roadside oddity can be found in Rose Hill.
It’s said to be able to cook 365 chickens at one time!
We never encountered a pub in North Carolina with such elaborate windows and decor as those found at Mad Boar! This Wallace restaurant serves delicious American-style cuisine with a laidback atmosphere and live music.
Burney’s Sweets and More
Looking for something sweet to compliment your weekend in Duplin County? Burney’s Sweets and More is a North Carolina bakery with locations all across the state.
While the original bakery comes out of nearby Elizabethtown in Bladen County, stopping at their Duplin County location is a MUST.
With such a large selection of confectionary delights, it can be hard to pick just one, but we recommend their iconic fried croissant! Light, buttery, sweet, the croissant is everything that dreams are made of.
Downtown Wallace Shopping
The Country Squire
Built in 1961, The Country Squire sits on seven acres and is one of the top things to do in Duplin County! The restaurant harkens back to a simpler time, with hand-hewn log walls and Tartan decor.
Don’t be surprised if you hear a bagpipe or two! Owner Iris Lennon mixes their Scottish heritage with country surroundings to make delicious food and tasty wines.
Think you’re hungry? Try the Kilt Buster challenge! If you can devour a 72-ounce steak plus all the sides in under an hour, the meal is on the house.
The restaurant is also known for its steaks and delicious Korean beef for those of you with a smaller appetite. Extend your stay into a whole weekend, as The Country Squire offers quaint and comfortable accommodations.
Where to Stay in Duplin County
When booking your weekend in Duplin County, there are several great locations to rest your head. We stayed at The Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Wallace, and the rooms were clean and comfortable, the staff friendly and helpful.
If you’re looking to stay further north on I-40, there is also a Quality Inn in Warsaw.
Local options for accommodations in Duplin include the Vintage Inn at The Country Squire.
Uncorked Duplin has great vacation packages that you’ll want to check out too!
Nearby Things to Do in Duplin County’s Neighbors (Day Trips)
While dining at the family-style restaurant, devour some of the most incredible mac n’ cheese that has ever been made!
Jacksonville is home to Camp Lejeune and many brave marines. While in Jacksonville, check out Lejeune Memorial Gardens, chow down on some delicious international cuisine, or enjoy an educational program at Sturgeon City.
Swansboro is quickly becoming one of our favorite small towns! Rich with history and right by the water, there is so much to do here. Hop on a boat, enjoy the pristine nature at Bear Island, go shelling, walk across a sandbar–the possibilities are endless!
Finish your trip to Swansboro with a meal at Saltwater Grill for their famous Angels on Horseback, a bacon-wrapped scallop and shrimp served over crab risotto and a lobster cream sauce.
Ready to Explore these Fun Things to Do in Duplin County?
We know Duplin County is recognized as a wine-lovers destination. But between those tasty sips, we think you’ll love exploring the rest of this area.
Hop on a horse, grab some delicious food, and dig into this wonderful Eastern North Carolina county. Spend some time enjoying the slower pace of life in Duplin County!
If you’re familiar with this part of North Carolina, we’d love to know about your favorite things to do in Duplin County. In case you’ve never made it out here, tell us about the first things you want to do upon arrival.