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Recreation Profile

For the outdoor enthusiast, Henderson and Vance County have excellent nearby parks, including hiking trails, picnic areas and water recreation.  Kerr Lake, the largest lake in the state, spreads across the North Carolina-Virginia border, deep into Vance County, offering 800 miles of unspoiled shoreline.

The lake offers a multitude of activities from sailing to swimming to camping, sunbathing, picnicking, wind surfing, and of course, fishing.  The wide-open waters are home to a variety of fish from large mouth and striped bass to crappie, catfish and bream. The lake continues to host state and national fishing tournaments, as well as sailing regattas.

More than 1.6 million people visit Kerr Lake each year.  Many enjoy the seven recreational areas with over 700 family and group campsites that include picnic tables, fire pits and pads for tents or campers.  Modern bathhouses with hot showers are within easy access of campsites.

Vance County’s two marinas and 21 boat ramps feature rental cottages, fuel, fishing supplies, camping, docking and dry docking facilities, electrical and water hook-ups for recreational vehicles, and boat repairs. 

The Vance County Tourism Department sponsors special events on the lake that include a Fourth of July Independence Day celebration and a Parade of Lights on Water.

Other local recreational sites include Fox Pond Park, the largest of the city’s ten parks.  Fox Pond Park has athletic facilities, play areas, picnic shelters, tennis courts, nature trails, paddle boats, an amphitheater and more.  The recently opened Aycock Recreational Complex offers four state-of-the art, lighted baseball/softball fields, with a soccer/football field and indoor facilities consisting of a gymnasium, aquatic center, walking track and multipurpose meeting rooms.  In addition, the Henderson-Vance Parks and Recreation Department offers karate, baseball, swimming, basketball, softball, soccer and exercise programs throughout the year.

Other area amenities include golf, tennis and swimming at the community’s two country clubs and the YMCA.  Additional leisure activities include bowling, miniature golf, roller skating, an outdoor theater and six indoor theaters.

For more information on tourism and recreation facilities in the area,  please contact:

Nancy Wilson, Director
Vance County Tourism Department
946-T West Andrews Ave.
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone:  252-438-2222
E-mail:  vctourism@gloryroad.net
Web site:  www.kerrlake-nc.com
Alan Gill, Director
Henderson Vance Recreation Department
P.O. Box 1556
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone:  252-431-6090