In the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina, where the foothills rise to meet the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, seven educational and fun Surry County field trip destinations await your students.
Pilot Mountain State Park
www.ncparks/gov, (877) 722-6762
Rising more than 2,000 feet, Pilot Mountain has been a navigational tool for explorers for centuries. Here your students can hike, rock climb, ride horses, canoe, and enjoy spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Minglewood Nature Preserve
www.minglewoodpreserve.org, (336) 351-2945
Your school group’s future environmental leaders will be inspired by this 65-acre nature preserve in Westfield. Curriculum-based field trips and classroom programs and workshops are available to bring students into nature.
Horne Creek Farm State Historic Site
www.nchistoricsites.org, (336) 325-2298
Once a family farm, Horne Creek State Historic Site in Pinnacle gives your students a glimpse of farm life in the early 20th century. They will see the original farm house, a tobacco barn, a corn crib and a heritage apple orchard.
Mount Airy Museum of Regional History
www.northcarolinamuseum.org, (336) 786-4478
This regional museum in Mount Airy spotlights life for Native Americans and early settlers, the largest granite quarry in the world and celebrities with local ties like Andy Griffith, Donna Fargo and Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese twins.
Historic Rockford Village
Rockford served as the county seat of Surry County from 1789 to 1850. Your students will see Masonic Lodge from 1800, the 1830 tavern, the 1850 general store, the post office built in 1900 and the Methodist Church from 1914.
www.reevestheater.com, (336) 258-8240
The Reeves opened as a 700-seat movie theater in 1941 in Elkin. It operated until the 1970s and had a brief revival, closing permanently in 1994. Today it has been fully renovated and restored and is the scene of live music performances and community events.
Cinder Ridge Farm
www.yadkinvalleync.com, (336) 648-5997
The Cinder Ridge Farm in Thurmond showcases two Early American homesteads illustrating how farmers lived in the 1800s as well as preserved and recreated log buildings found in Surry County. Cinder Ridge is also home to heritage breeds of cows, pigs and chickens.