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Apex Downtown Historic District :: ::The Downtown Historic District has commercial and residential buildings, many of which appear on the National Register of Historic Places, dating from the late 1800's and representing many architectural styles. Photograph and information from the Apex Historical Society.
Harvest Moon Paddle, Haw River/Saxapahaw Lake :: Haw River/Saxapahaw Lake :: 336-260-64657 pm to 10 PM - Participants must arrive at our meeting location by 6:00 p.m. Nothing can be more beautiful than a full moon rising above a Piedmont lake. There is just something magical about moonbeams and sharing the experience of looking at the moon with someone special, even if that someone special is just you. Participants arrive early enough in the evening to practice paddling, enjoy a beautiful sunset and adjust their eyes to the night sky. As the moonlight gets brighter, we will paddle around the lake to enjoy the night sounds. Eventually, we will “raft-up” and lay back to fully take in our surroundings. Full Moon Paddles are held on the Haw River upstream of the dam at Saxapahaw, NC. Participants must arrive at our meeting location by 6:00 p.m. if they want canoe instruction. The trip will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 10:00 p.m. What We Provide: A canoe or kayak, PFD (Personal Floatation Device), paddle and at least one experienced guide/naturalist are provided. Your Responsibility: Guests are responsible for transportation to and from our meeting location, foot wear that can get dirty and/or wet, dry clothes to leave in your vehicle, appropriate clothing for the season, hat, insect repellant, water bottle and flashlight. A camera and binoculars are recommended, but optional. The flashlight is essential for sure footing at the end of the trip. The trip fee is $25.00 per person. If you bring a canoe or kayak, the trip fee is $20 per person. You must be registered and paid in full before being allowed to go on the trip. You will be required to read and sign a liability waiver and pay attention to the safety briefing presented before the trip begins. To register, please call 336-260-6465. When your registration has been confirmed, send payment to The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company, P.O. Box 22, Saxapahaw, NC 27340. Registrations are filled on a first come, first serve basis when payment is received.
New Hope Valley Railway :: 5121 Daisey St New Hill, NC 27562 :: 919-362-5416 Yard OfficeThe New Hope Valley Railway, located 10 minutes from Apex on Old U.S. Highway 1 in Bonsal, offers train rides on the first Sunday of each month, May through December. Come experience the thrill of riding the rails - see, hear, and feel railroad history. The New Hope Valley Railway at the North Carolina Railroad Museum has monthly ride days in season from May to December, with activities, themes, and events for visitors of all ages to enjoy. You can charter group train rides, schedule operate-a-loco, or have a birthday party in a historic caboose. The North Carolina Railroad Museum is primarily an outdoor exhibit of historic and heritage railroad equipment; a living museum. Open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Admission to the museum is free.
Eno Park Rock Quarry :: Howe Street park entrance ::The Eno River Park Rock Quarry is the most relaxing place to cool off on a hot summer day just floating on an inner tube. Located in Northwest Durham right off I-85, this body of water makes a great place for an afternoon swim. Find your way to Sparger Road between Hillsborough Road and Cole Mill Road; just north of crossing I-85 turn on Howe Street. The Eno River Park entrance is at the end of the street. About a half mile walk from the parking lot to the quarry also makes it a good chance to get some exercise and enjoy the beauty of the forest. History buffs might enjoy knowing that the granite from this quarry was used in the construction of I-85 from Greensboro to Durham.
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area :: 280 State Park Road, Apex, NC 27523 :: 919-362-0586Imagine relaxing in a cove, listening to the sounds of water rippling. Then, you feel a firm tug on your fishing line. It's going to be a big one! Picture the surface of the lake glistening, water spraying your face, the boat motor ahead roaring. Suddenly, your skis give way — a splash landing! Hear the laughter of children, smell burgers roasting over a charcoal fire, feel a breeze blowing through the campground. With almost 14,000 acres of water, all this and more is yours to discover at Jordan Lake. The NC Division of Parks and Recreation operates nine recreation areas on the lake — Crosswinds Campground, Ebenezer Church, Parker's Creek, Poplar Point, Seaforth, Vista Point, Robeson Creek, New Hope Overlook, and White Oak Recreation Area. Whether you're looking for fun in the sun or an evening under the stars, Jordan Lake offers it all. Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, operated by the NC Division of Parks and Recreation operates eight recreation areas on the lake with activities ranging from boating camping, fishing and swimming to bald eagle watching, astronomy programs, kite workshops and Heritage Day.
Nice Price Books :: 100 Boyd Street, Chapel Hill, NC :: 919-929-6222Nice Price Books proudly stands between Chapel Hill and Carrboro and has a strong following among the book loving locals throughout the community. Used books hold a special charm for many of our friends who peruse the shelves for literary treasures. It is a fun way to lose yourself in time for a while. And when you do find a treasure, the prices will be kind to your piggy bank. That is Vicky standing outside.