North Carolina Road Trips January 03, 2023
The Scenic NC-42 Route That Leads To 6 Interesting Stops From Food To A Historic Park And A Thrift Store
When your inner explorer calls out for a scenic country road trip, the primarily rural North Carolina Highway 42 is the way to go. Beginning at Interstates 73 and 74, and U.S. Highway 220 in Asheboro, this off-the-grid route runs southeast toward Sanford, connecting several cities and towns along the way throughout the central and eastern parts of the state, ending for us in Wilson. This 122-mile road trip takes about three hours, one way, beginning with a yummy breakfast in Asheboro. And if you feel the desire, take some side trips along the way. Let’s get started.
This off-the-grid route takes you from Asheboro to Wilson, North Carolina, with a few stops in between.
1. 42 Diner, Asheboro
, which begins here every morning at 6 a.m. except on Sundays, in this kid-friendly restaurant.
42 Diner, 191 NC-42, Asheboro, NC 27203, USA
The Manager's Special looks good with two fluffy hotcakes, two eggs cooked your favorite way, sausage or bacon, and coffee or juice.
Is it a special occasion? Celebrate with one of these luscious waffle delights.
2. Ole Gilliam Mill Park, Sanford
Walk off some of those calories and take the approximately 45-minute drive to this rustic
. It features an authentic reproduction of the mill, completed in 1979. The original one was built in 1850 and washed away in a flood in 1928.
Ole Gilliam Mill Park, 4717 Carbonton Rd #4637, Sanford, NC 27330, USA
Explore the buildings and relics on this 15-acre adventure into the past.
The land, buildings, and other historic structures were donated to the park in 2000, including this 140-foot, very cool covered bridge.
Some of the farm equipment on the property includes this made-to-last steam-operated machine.
Visitors are welcome to explore the interesting items every day from sunup to sundown.
3. Porter Farms and Nursery, Willow Spring
Just south of Raleigh, the family-owned business provides only the freshest homegrown seasonal
and delicious ice cream.
Porter Farms & Nursery Farm Market, 3525 NC-42, Willow Spring, NC 27592, USA
Several months bring delightful and bountiful harvests.
Do some shopping for fresh fruits, herbs, veggies, and plants.
Strawberries are a welcome addition to salads.
Or add them to the richest, homemade ice cream available in the area.
4. Collected Treasures, Garner
About 20 minutes away, peruse the aisles in this awesome thrift store.
Collected Treasures, 5533 NC-42, Garner, NC 27529, USA
This vast space offers furniture, housewares, books, tools, decorations, and sporting goods, just to name a few items.
Every day new inventory is displayed.
And infant to adult-sized clothing, shoes, and accessories can make up that special outfit.
We love the essential oil collection.
Which is the best scent for you?
5. Divano's Pizzeria, Garner
It's time for lunch, and right down the road is soon to be your favorite Italian restaurant.
Divano's Pizzeria, 5131 NC-42 # 200, Garner, NC 27529, USA
The simple, spicy pepperoni pizza is always a great idea, especially for two or three.
The flavorful Clam Pasta is served with fettuccine noodles in a clam or marinara sauce with fresh herbs.
It comes with a side salad.
Other choices include chicken wings and sandwiches.
This chicken parmesan stromboli with a crunchy crust is scrumptious.
6. Deans Farm Market, Wilson
And if you couldn't find what you were looking for at Porter Farms and Nursery, give this market a try.
Christmas offers fresh wreaths made daily and other decorations for inside and out.
And you never know who you might run into come spring as the coolers are always stocked with fresh goodies.
When you get home, you might not feel like cooking.
One of these homemade and hearty chicken pot pies should do the trick.
Deans Farm Market, 7732 4231, 4231 NC-42, Wilson, NC 27893, USA
If you would like to continue your journey, take NC-42 until it ends. The road continues from Wilson for a couple more hours until reaching NC-45 in Colerain where the highway ends. And if you’re up for more,
check out seven more road trips in North Carolina. Address: 42 Diner, 191 NC-42, Asheboro, NC 27203, USA Address: Porter Farms & Nursery Farm Market, 3525 NC-42, Willow Spring, NC 27592, USA Address: Deans Farm Market, 7732 4231, 4231 NC-42, Wilson, NC 27893, USA Address: Divano's Pizzeria, 5131 NC-42 # 200, Garner, NC 27529, USA Address: Collected Treasures, 5533 NC-42, Garner, NC 27529, USA Address: Ole Gilliam Mill Park, 4717 Carbonton Rd #4637, Sanford, NC 27330, USA
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