There’s nothing better than exploring the great outdoors, unless you can learn something at the same time! It should come as no surprise that our parks have as much to share as our historic attractions. Check out these Rowan County parks that make exploration and learning happen at the same time:

Dan Nicholas Park: Explore Dan Nicholas Park for opportunities to learn about creatures and wildlife. The Cheerwine Aquarium, Stanback Barnyard, Nature Center and Rowan Wildlife Adventures all provide exploration for visitors of all ages. After learning about the animal kingdom, enjoy Dan Nicholas’ other attractions like the carousel, gem mine, mini golf course, train station, paddle boats and mini golf course. For more information about Dan Nicholas Park and their learning opportunities, visit their website.

Gold Hill Mines Park: Gold Hill Mines Historic Parks allows visitors to learn more about the gold rush in North Carolina. Take a walk down the Gold Hill Rail Trail, which was previously the railroad used to transport gold, visit the E.H Montgomery General Store and museum and visit the old jail. For more information about Gold Hill Mines Park and their learning opportunities, visit their website.

Sloan Park: Sloan Park is home to the Historic Kerr Mill. Kerr Gristmill was once the provider of flour and cornmeal for inhabitants of western Rowan County. The milling equipment and artifacts once used to produce the flour and cornmeal are now on display for park visitors to explore and learn about the milling process. For more information about Sloan Park and their learning opportunities, visit their website.

Eagle Point Nature Preserve: Eagle Point Nature Preserve is a 200 acre natural area on a remote park of High Rock Lake in Rowan County. The park provides ideal vistas of the lake and wildlife observation points that are perfect for plant identification, bird watching and wildlife spotting. Eagle Point Nature Preserve makes it easy to learn about wildlife and their natural habitat. Look for bald eagles, barred owls, egrets, great blue herons and more! For more information about Eagle Point Nature Preserve and their learning opportunities, visit their website.

Bonus: Bell Tower Green Park: The Bell Tower Green Park is coming soon to the heart of Downtown Salisbury. This park will consume an entire city block and provide ample space for playing and relaxing. The park will be conveniently located just across the street from the Rowan Public Library, making it the ideal location to relax with a good book and learn something new! Bell Tower Green Park will break ground in 2019. To learn more about the park, visit their website.