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Best-Kept Secrets recap

In this series, which began Memorial Day, we’ve scoured the state to find one must-see site in each of North Carolina’s counties. We recap them here. You can read the whole series at and see each selection in a database, searchable by county, at

Week 1

1. Pender County:Lanes Ferry Dock & Grill, Rocky Point

2. Columbus County:The Riverwalk, Fair Bluff

3. Bladen County:Jones Lake State Park

4. Sampson County:Sampson County History Museum, Clinton

5. Brunswick County:The Kindred Spirit Mailbox, Sunset Beach

6. New Hanover County:Casey’s Buffet, Wilmington

Week 2

7. Cleveland County:Earl Scruggs Center, Shelby

8. Polk County:House of Flags Museum, Columbus

9. Rutherford County:Blue Ridge Distilling Co., Bostic

10. Lincoln County:City Lunch, Lincolnton

11. Catawba County:SALT Block, Hickory

12. Gaston County:Schiele Museum of Natural History, Gastonia

13. Mecklenburg County:The Green, Charlotte

Week 3

14. Nash County:Four Sisters Gallery of Self-Taught Visionary Art, Rocky Mount

15. Edgecombe County:Blackbeard’s BBQ and C-Food, Conetoe

16. Northampton County:Grapevine Cafe, Woodland

17. Halifax County:History House Museum, Tillery

18. Bertie County:Cashie Wetlands Walk and Mini-Zoo, Windsor

19. Hertford County:Parker’s Ferry, Winton

Week 4

20. Ashe County:Downtown West Jefferson

21. Alleghany County:Doughton Park, Blue Ridge Parkway

22. Watauga County:Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park, Boone

23. Caldwell County:Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River, Collettsville

24. Burke County:Pisgah Loop Scenic Byway

25. Alexander County:Hiddenite Center, Hiddenite

26. Wilkes County:Wilkes Heritage Museum, Wilkesboro

Week 5

27. Gates County:Merchants Millpond State Park, Gatesville

28. Chowan County:Taylor Theater, Edenton

29. Perquimans County:Jim “Catfish” Hunter Museum, Hertford

30. Pasquotank County:De’Tours, Elizabeth City

31. Camden County:Camden County Historic Jail, Camden

32. Currituck County:Whalehead Club, Corolla

Week 6

33. Richmond County:Hamlet Depot & Museums, and National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame, Hamlet

34. Anson County:Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, Wadesboro

35. Montgomery County:Town Creek Indian Mound, Mount Gilead

36. Cabarrus County:N.C. Music Hall of Fame, Kannapolis

37. Rowan County:Keaton’s Barbecue, Cleveland

38. Union County:Jesse Helms Center, Wingate

39. Stanly County:Albemarle Sweet Shop, Albemarle

Week 7

40. Durham County:Sennett’s Hole, Durham

41. Granville County:Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor

42. Franklin County:Lynch Creek Farm, Rocky Ford

43. Warren County:Downtown Warrenton

44. Vance County:Bees’ Knees Country Store, Henderson

45. Person County:Person County Museum of History, Roxboro

46. Wake County:Wake County Speedway, Raleigh

Week 8

47. Haywood County:Highest Point on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesville

48. Macon County:Wilderness Taxidermy & Outfitters, Franklin

49. Clay County:Clay’s Corner, Brasstown

50. Swain County:Tail of the Dragon, Deals Gap

51. Cherokee County:World’s Largest Ten Commandments, Murphy

52. Jackson County:Judaculla Rock, Cullowhee

53. Transylvania County:Gorges State Park, Sapphire

54. Graham County:Tsali Recreation Area, Almond

Week 9

55. Surry County:Pilot Mountain State Park

56. Davie County:The Bullhole, Cooleemee

57. Yadkin County:Kitchen Roselli, East Bend

58. Forsyth County:Reynolda House, Winston-Salem

59. Iredell County:Love Valley

60. Davidson County:RCR Racing Museum, Lexington

61. Stokes County:Dairi-O, King

Week 10

62. Beaufort County:Bill’s Hot Dogs, Washington

63. Martin County:Deadwood, Bear Grass

64. Dare County:Lucy and Ricky’s nest, Nags Head

65. Tyrrell County:Red Wolf Center, Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

66. Washington County:Water Street museums, Plymouth

67. Hyde County:The church ‘moved by the hand of God,’ Swan Quarter

Week 11

68. Harnett County:Raven Rock State Park

69. Hoke County:Calloway Forest Preserve, Sandhills

70. Moore County:Antiques District, Cameron

71. Lee County:Downtown dining, Sanford

72. Cumberland County:Downtown, Fayetteville

73. Scotland County:John Blue Cotton Festival, Laurinburg

74. Robeson County:Lumber River State Park

Week 12

75. Johnston County:Shadowhawk, Smithfield

76. Wayne County:Mickey’s Pastry Shop, Goldsboro

77. Wilson County:Children’s Secret Garden at Wilson Botanical Gardens, Wilson

78. Duplin County:Bulk & More Store, Beulaville

79. Pitt County:Bum’s Restaurant, Ayden

80. Greene County:Contentnea Creek

Week 13

81. Alamance County:Cedarock Park, Burlington

82. Caswell County:Leasburg

83. Rockingham County:Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail, Reidsville

84. Randolph County:The Table Farmhouse Bakery, Asheboro

85. Guilford County:Elsewhere, Greensboro

86. Chatham County:The Abundance Foundation, Pittsboro

87. Orange County:Riverwalk, Hillsborough

Week 14

88. Avery County:The Blair Fraley Sales Store, Crossnore

89. Buncombe County:Laughing Seed Cafe, Asheville

90. Henderson County:Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock

91. Madison County:Hot Springs

92. McDowell County:Jack Frost Dairy Bar, Marion

93. Mitchell County:Penland School of Crafts, Spruce Pine

94. Yancey County:Historic Nu Wray Inn, Burnsville

Week 15

95. Carteret County:Big Oak Drive-In and Bar-B-Q, Atlantic Beach

96. Jones County:Catfield Lake Waterfowl Impoundment

97. Onslow County:Bear Island, Hammocks Beach State Park

98. Pamlico County:Oriental’s History Museum, Oriental

99. Lenoir County:Tull’s Mill Pond

100. Craven County:Carolina Coastal Railroaders Club, New Bern