Located between Raleigh and the Atlantic coast you’ll find ghost stories and farm fare galore when you visit Goldsboro, NC. See why we love fall in Goldsboro and why you’ll want to start planning now for your weekend getaway.
Why You Should Visit Goldsboro, NC
Downtown Goldsboro, with its eclectic mix of contemporary shopping and dining options, revitalized historic buildings and thrilling ghost stories is the perfect spot to get acclimated to this surprising destination. In addition to the great reasons to visit in the fall, here are 16 more reasons to book that visit to Goldsboro.
In October and November, a spookier side of downtown is revealed during popular Downtown Ghost Tours. Each Friday night, a paranormal investigator dressed in period costume leads participants by candlelight and flashlight to discover unforgettable past inhabitants, hear what dark secrets downtown’s historic buildings hold and why the spelling of the town’s name evolved.
Saturday nights bring the Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield Ghost Tour. Here, 2,000 Confederate forces attempted to stop the Union’s 12,000 troops from destroying a vital railroad bridge. Both walking tours are about 1.5-miles in length, so wear comfortable shoes.
Goldsboro-Wayne County has been voted one of the top five best locations in the United States to farm. Agriculture is the largest industry in the county and with 500+ producers, the fall harvest is nothing short of amazing. Produce stands, farmers markets and U-pick farms offer opportunities for everyone to find their favorite produce and take it home to enjoy.
Fly & Fresh Agriventure Trail
The Goldsboro-Wayne County Fly & Fresh Agriventure Trail is a concept that connects participants to eating fresh, supporting local businesses and getting outdoors. The tour incorporates a collection of farmers markets, farms with tours, produce stands, microbreweries and some local restaurants that incorporate this regional bounty on their menus. A sample of tour locations shows the breadth of variety in Wayne County and the wealth of the local bounty:
Heritage Farms General Store – recently relocated and expanded, has offerings including their own brand of premium bacon and hams, creative gift items, all natural bath products and locally sourced foods.
At Odom Farming Company – the mission of the third-generation farmers is to bring people back to the farm, get them excited about agriculture and help kids see where food comes from. Their Fall on the Farm event features two corn mazes, wagon rides, a hay jump, U-pick pumpkins and sunflowers and meeting the farm animals.
Holly Grove Farms – is one of the largest farmstead and woman-owned goat dairies in the United States. Holly Grove uses milk from its herd with the aim of creating some of the highest quality goat cheeses available anywhere. They sell cheeses, lotions and soaps onsite. Tours of the farm are also available by appointment.
A Secret Garden Winery – produces preservative-free, naturally fermented wines from the area’s native grape and the official state fruit, the Muscadine. Tastings are held on Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment.
Brews & ‘Cue Trail
Highlighting local breweries and iconic eastern North Carolina barbecue, is a tasty addition to a visit any time of year.
In September, local pride is on display in this military town, home of the renowned Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, at NC Freedom Fest. This celebration of Armed Forces Day is family-friendly festival honoring all who serve.
Where To Stay When You Visit Goldsboro
Wayne County boasts more than 1,000 hotel rooms, in addition to vacation rental, bed & breakfast and camping options.
National brand hotels offer options include full and limited-service hotels.
One-of-a-kind options include Plum Tree Gardens Bed and Breakfast an 1888 Victorian gem with wrap-around porches.
The Cliffs of the Neuse State Park has primitive and RV camp sites and is a favorite for those who want to explore the outdoors.
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