Mecklenburg County features charming small towns to explore, but with over 100 miles of trails for hiking and riding plus a spectacular 50,000 acre lake with 800 miles of shoreline, it’s not surprising that so many visitors choose to spend their entire vacation outdoors! Home to the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway kayaking and paddling trail system, consisting of 3 rivers and 2 lakes, this unspoiled wilderness adventure is just a short drive from major metro cities. Perfect for hours in a canoe with the kids or a weekend full of scenic fun with friends! Take off from one of the 17 public boat launches as you explore hundreds of miles of pristine and WILD waterways throughout Southern Virginia.
Looking for a place to lay your head? Consider one of 6 Lakeside campgrounds with over 600 campsites (about 80% of those are RV-Ready) or a secluded lakefront cabin or yurt located in peaceful Occoneechee State Park. The park has more than 18 miles of walking, cycling and equestrian trails that meander through the forest and along the lake’s shore. Lakeside hotels, award-winning bed and breakfasts and lakefront rental homes are standing by for your reservation as well.
After settling in, explore our delightful small towns and shops where you will find locally produced goods and wares unlike anywhere else. Get out and explore our wineries, play a round of golf at one of 4 Golf Courses, rent a boat or a couple of Jet Ski’s for the day, take a scenic lake tour on a Sea Plane! Enjoy live music at one of our many festivals; take in a show at a historic theatre, stroll through a farmers market, explore the dozens of historical sites and architecture that dot the landscape throughout Mecklenburg County.
Sit down and enjoy homemade, artisanal meals paired with locally-produced wines, craft beers, or spirits in one of the several locally-owned restaurants. How about a little history you can taste? Mecklenburg County is home to the Bondurant Brother’s Distillery. Only 100 miles and 100 years separate them from their Franklin County moonshining roots. All of this is served with the perfect combination of our distinctive Southern hospitality and small town charm.
Anyone who loves fresh air and the active outdoor lifestyle will enjoy every moment in Mecklenburg County. With More Campsites than Condos, More Miles of Shoreline than Highway and More Play time than Travel time, take a break from the fast lane and come find More of What Matters to you!