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Sparta NC

by on Apr.02, 2011, under Travel

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In Northwestern North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is the underappreciated gem of Sparta, the county seat of Alleghany County. Alleghany is one of the smallest counties in the state and Sparta NC boasts a population of less than 2,000 inhabitants. Despite the small size of the county and the town, however, the picturesque region is overflowing with southern charm and plenty of adventures and activities suitable for weekend getaways and family vacations.

Alleghany County is less than 250 miles. It has been known as ” The Lost Province.” The county earned the nickname due to the difficulty to reach the area before the opening of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the 1930s. Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and known for its scenic roadways, which goes through the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina and Virginia. Sparta, NC visitors often enjoy nature walks and bicycling along the parkway.

Although travelers can easily reach the region today, Sparta NC has managed to mix with modern times while still keeping the natural outdoor beauty and small town friendliness that the region has become known for. Bordering Virginia to the north and bordered by the New River on the western and northern borders, the county offers a range of outdoor activities that appeal to all ages and physical abilities. The Alleghany County Stone Mountain State Park is probably the most well-known attraction in the region and offers rock climbing, hiking, fishing, camping, picnicking and canoeing to enjoy, all while soaking up the unspoiled mountain scenery.

The New River State Park located in Ashe County includes the New River the oldest river in the world. Honored as American Heritage River, Indian tribes artifacts located through out the area shows that they utilized the river for centuries To reach part of Alleghany County that the park extends into is reached by a canoe.

Sparta NC is a mountain community and much of the activities experienced in the county correspond to its unique culture. Traditional mountain music, for instance, can be experienced at the annual Alleghany Fiddlers Convention in June. The Mountain Heritage Festival in September also features traditional music and dance. For a more in-depth look at the history and culture of the county, a visit to the Alleghany Historical Museum can be insightful. Those interested in regional arts, pottery and crafts can check out art galleries and the work of local artists.

Interested in visiting Alleghany County during the holiday season? When the leaves start to change colors in late October, Sparta NC becomes a dazzlingly beautiful little town. By November, the Christmas season is in full effect. Then families can visit Sparta Christmas Tree farms and start the tradition of choosing and cutting down their own Christmas tree, followed up by drinking hot apple cider and going on hayrides to warm up in the chilly winter air.

Some of the beauty Sparta NC offers is its accommodations. Unlike your hotel chains that can be offered on any vacation Sparta NC offers inns and private cabins that gives a rustic charm. The quietness and charm of such accommodations gives a welcoming charm to honeymooners and families vacationing in the region.

Learn more about Sparta NC, then visit Rita Ham’s site on how to choose the best Alleghany County NC for your needs.

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