A few short miles outside of Raleigh is beautiful Nash County, North Carolina, one of the Piedmont region’s most thriving areas and a true mix of rural countryside and suburban conveniences. Many towns in this highly desirable part of the state are within commuting distance of the capital city, and properties for sale here – horse farms and hobby farms, acreage and ranches – are valued for their prime location and exceptional natural amenities.
Idyllic Country Living
Rural properties for sale in and around Rocky Mount, Nashville, Middlesex and Spring Hope are often cleared as farmland and frequently include ponds, streams and forest. Homes range in size from modest 1- or 2-bedroom cottages to large, one-of-a-kind country estates with vast tracts of land and numerous barns and other outbuildings. Field crops such as sweet potatoes, tobacco, cotton and soybeans thrive here; many farms also raise cattle, pigs and chickens. Some properties feature the grazing pasture, stables and other facilities that make them ideal for raising horses.
Acreage along the Tar River is often prime for hunting and fishing, too. Wooded areas provide an excellent habitat for deer, wild turkey, black bear, squirrels and rabbits while the river is full of catfish, bass and crappie. Lakes are well-populated by waterfowl – most commonly, ducks.
Falls, Water & Woods
Nash County’s natural landscape is one of rolling hills, waterfalls (the Tar River’s Upper and Little Falls) and lakes (Gum Lake, City Lake, Bellamy Lake). Recreational activities from canoeing along the Tar River Paddling Trail to fly-fishing, hiking, horseback riding and biking along a number of paths and creeks are perfect for anyone wishing to get out and enjoy nature for an hour or two. Rocky Mount’s Battle Park includes a boat landing, picnic shelters, fishing piers and the Tar River Trail and Reservoir, offering even more resources for fishing, paddling and boating.
Just outside of Nash County, the world’s largest waterfowl park – Sylvan Heights Bird Park – draws visitors from near and far with its population of over 1,500 birds from various parts of the world. This remarkable 18-acre resource serves as a global center for avicultural research and offers visitors close-up views of rare birds from almost every continent.
Peace, Privacy and an Enviable Quality of Life
The small towns and wide-open spaces of Nash County attract families and farmers with the appeal of unspoiled county living and plenty of recreational opportunities.
Local museums – the quaint Country Doctor Museum and Rocky Mount Fireman’s Museum, for instance – are unique to the area, while The Tar River Philharmonic and Dunn Center for the Performing Arts at Wesleyan College offer cultural entertainment in the way of classical music performances, plays, concerts and the outstanding Mims Gallery.
History buffs enjoy Rocky Mount’s vintage train station and Twin County Museum and Hall of Fame, which includes several refurbished train cars and a design reminiscent of a century ago. The city’s Stonewall Manor offers a unique insight into antebellum architectural design and plantation living of the early 19th century. Rocky Mount Mills, North Carolina’s second oldest cotton mill – burned by Union soldiers then rebuilt, twice – is today a thriving riverfront commercial, residential and entertainment complex, but the building itself has been preserved to retain the look and feel of decades past. Here, too, the county’s thriving farmer’s market includes a busy storefront for sales of local products.
Other family-friendly local activities include skating rinks and bowling alleys, public tennis courts and pools, and three outstanding golf courses in Rocky Mount and Spring Hope. Rocky Mount’s Sports Complex hosts a variety of games and other baseball, basketball, horseshoe and soccer activities, and the minor-league Carolina Wildcats baseball team, based in Zebulon – just outside of Nash County – play at Five County Stadium.
- NC Pickle Festival / Mount Olive, NC / April 24-25, 2020
Hop aboard the pickle train or spot an eclectic group of local mascots – including the star of the show, Ollie Q. Cumber – racing their way through the middle of town; they’ll be competing for the esteemed NC Pickle Festival Mascot Trophy. Other fun events include a competitive pickle-eating contest, chili cook-off, arts contests, pickle treasure hunt and carnival games.
- SpringFest / Mount Holly, NC / April 27 – May 4, 2020
This weeklong celebration of springtime in Nash County kicks off with 5K and 10K races downtown and riverside and includes a golf classic, family-friendly outdoor movies, lots of live music and a classic Car & Truck Show.
- Nashville Blooming Festival / Nashville, NC / May 8-9, 2020
This two-day event features musical acts, arts, crafts and food, parade, and special Mom of the Year competition – appropriately enough, since this fun celebration takes place over Mother’s Day weekend.
- Spring Hope Pumpkin Festival / Spring Hope, NC / October 2020 (Date TBD)
Families, friends and visitors enjoy live music and dancing, pumpkin weigh-ins, pumpkin decorating, a parade, and lots of fall-related food, arts and crafts.
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