Plan a Day TripPlan your own day trip to Henderson/Vance County & Kerr Lake, North Carolina. Yours to discover and enjoy. Build your day around the activities and suggestions we have offered below. (Since operating days and hours are subject to change we suggest that you call ahead for a current schedule before planning or making your trip).
For the recreational, leisure and fitness minded
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area/Parks Office and Visitors Center
A 50,000 acre lake straddling the North Carolina and Virginia border with over 800 miles of shoreline. Enjoy fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, camping, hiking/walking, picnicking, bird watching and nature study. Satterwhite Point day use area, about 9 miles from town, is the closest park to Henderson. It offers the following amenities: a tot lot with swing set and sliding board for the kids, a volleyball area, a designated swim area with accessible changing rooms and restrooms and a short walking trail. There is no lifeguard on duty. Picnic tables with adjacent grills are scattered throughout the parks and will allow you to have an outdoor cookout while visiting the lake. A visitors center, housed inside the parks office and located across from the entrance to Satterwhite Point Park, provides the history of Kerr Lake along with an exhibit hall identifying plants, birds, fish and wildlife native to the area. Visitors must bring their own equipment needed for the activities they plan to participate in. Seven different camping areas offer over 600 sites on or near the shoreline. Bullocksville Park and Henderson Point each offer a handicap accessible fishing pier.
6254 Satterwhite Point Rd.
Aycock Recreation Complex
full size gymnasium, 25 yd. indoor pool, 1/12th mile indoor walking track, weight room and outdoor walking tracks. Day use fee applies.
305 Careys Chapel Road
indoor/outdoor recreation facility that offers miniature golf, lazer tag, bumper boats, batting cages, indoor arcade, game room and a playmaze.
1211 Coble Blvd.
12 lane bowling alley.
85 US 158 Bypass West
Kerr Lake Country Club
18 hole, par 72 golf course. Putting green, driving range and pro-shop. Non-metal spikes required. Semi-private. Green fees accepted. Meeting facilities available for parties, weddings, retreats, family reunions and other needs. Call for additional information.
600 Hedrick Dr. (off Satterwhite Point Rd.)
roller skating rink.
1248 Coble Blvd.
Independence Day Weekend Celebration
Mark your calendar: Celebrate Independence Day Weekend with us at Kerr Lake in Henderson. Held at Satterwhite Point Park, enjoy a live band, food vendors and a beautiful fireworks display over the water at dark. Bring your favorite lawn chair or a blanket and just relax and enjoy the show. See event calendar for date and additional information.
Steele Creek Marina
1603 Townsville Landing Road
McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center
McGregor Hall is a new 1,000 seat, state of the art Performing Arts Center located in downtown Henderson, North Carolina. McGregor Hall presents a diverse schedule of performing arts including all genres of music, dance, Broadway touring theatricals and national, regional and local touring artists.
201 Breckenridge Street
For the treasure hunter and shopper
Mainstreet Marketplace Housed in a beautifully restored 13,000 square foot building located in Historic Downtown Henderson, Mainstreet Marketplace offers a distinctive collection of artisans creations, gifts, home and garden décor, specialty products, handcrafted items, jewelry, antiques and more. Shoppers of all ages will enjoy the warm, welcoming atmosphere and ever-changing diverse selection of products.
Henderson Square Shopping Center
strip shopping center located between Exit 212 and 213 off I-85. Retail merchants include J. C. Penney, Belk's, Dollar Tree, Bath & Body Works, Burkes Outlet, Super Wal-Mart and numerous shoe stores and specialty stores.
Supply Line Country Market
locally owned fresh market with the atmosphere of a farmers market. Carries a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, a wide selection of NC grown and produced products such as honey, jams and jellies, nuts and NC wines. A good selection of imported beers and wines are also available. Custom made gift baskets, flowers and a gift shop for special occasions can be found here.
235 Raleigh Rd
The Peanut Roaster
high quality roasted, chocolate covered, and specialty seasoned nuts of all kinds. Utilizes NC and VA grown peanuts to produce some of the best tasting snacks in the industry using old family recipes. The manufacturing facility along with an adjoining retail store/gift shop is located here.
394 Zeb Robinson Rd
1001 Indoor Flea Market
artisans, crafts, jewelry, furniture, appliances, teachers store and more. Hours: Mon. - Fri. - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed on major holidays
119 Warrenton Road, Henderson, NC
Vance County Regional Farmers Market
locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, plants, crafts, homemade jams and jellies. Open Wednesday and Saturday during season from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. located off S. Beckford Drive behind Lula's Landing Apts.
2010 Southpark Drive, Henderson, NC
For the history buff
Heritage Trail Historical Walking/Driving Tour
a self guided walking tour of the Henderson downtown historic district. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown starting point is the Fire Dept./Clock Tower, circa 1908 located at 205 N. Garnett Street. See various styles of architecture and noteworthy examples of distinctive building styles associated with particular construction periods. A driving tour of county historic sites and points of interest is also included. Maps and brochures are available at the Vance County Tourism Office located in the Crossroads Shopping Center at 946-T West Andrews Ave. in Henderson. (252) 438-2222. Some of the most visited county historic sites and points of interest are noted below:
a NC Civil War Trails Historic Site. Self-guided tour. The final resting place of 52 Confederate soldiers from VA, NC, SC and GA. All soldiers buried here died at the nearby Kittrell Springs Hotel which had been converted into a military hospital during the war. W. Chavis Lane - Kittrell, NC.
St. James Episcopal Church
circa.1860. Erected a short time before the Civil War. The minister at that time, Rev. M. M. Marshall, presided at the burials of the soldiers who died at the nearby Kittrell Springs Hotel Hospital. Corner of Main & Williams St. - Kittrell, NC.
St. Johns Episcopal Church
circa 1746. The only remaining colonial Anglican church building in the Diocese of NC. It is also the oldest frame church in NC and the 3rd oldest church standing in NC today. No active congregation. Jct. of NC Hwy 39 North & Stagecoach Rd., Williamsboro, NC
Raleigh Road Drive-In Theater
one of only a half-dozen remaining drive-in theaters still operating in North Carolina. Originally opened in 1949 the theater is the oldest of those remaining. In 2006, new ownership purchased the dated drive-in and made significant upgrades and brought new life to the theater. Today, it is well-known for its family and kid friendly environment. Call for schedule.
3336 Raleigh Road (US 1 Business South)
Perry Memorial Library
originally opened in 1924, the library moved into its present facility on July 5, 2006. With two floors, space for many books and materials, computers, and as an Internet hot-spot, the new Perry Library is ready to serve Vance County as never before. The local history room, located on the second floor, houses information relative to the history of the area and is also a good source for genealogical and family history research. Displays detailing the history of the county from its creation to present day are also located on the second floor.
205 Breckenridge St.
Henderson Institute Historical Museum
A museum of history, oral and written records, books, photographs, and printed materials regarding the education of African-Americans at Henderson Institute, and artifacts and other items of interest displayed. Located on the corner of Beckford Drive and 500 W. Rockstpring Street. Open: Wednesday and Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Other hours by appointment Contact: Edna Scott, Curator - Edith Carroll, Assistant 252-430-0616
629 W. Rockspring Street
Corbitt Truck Museum
Explore the history and evolution of the Corbitts from early buggies to the mighty military trucks from the period of 1899 to 1954. Call for an appointment to visit the museum. School groups are invited. 252-767-2247 or 252-432-6467 or 252-430-9045
180 Church Street, Henderson, NC
In the downtown historic district
George's Restaurant - Lunch & Dinner
Hattie's - Breakfast
Next Door Bistro - Breakfast & Lunch
Uncle Llew's - Lunch & Dinner
US 1 North Business (N. Garnett St/Norlina Rd):
220 Seafood Restaurant
Skipper Forsyth Barbecue
Habanero Mexican Restaurant
US 1 Business South (Raleigh Road)
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Kang Wangz Burgers & Wings
Los Dos Amigos Mexican Restaurant
Soul Delicious Restaurant
On Main thoroughfares:
Dabney Drive (I-85 Exit 213):
Little Cesars Pizza
Golden Skillet Chicken
Papa John's Pizza
Bamboo Garden Chinese
Kentucky Fried Chicken (buffet location)
Smithfield Chicken & Barbecue
Golden Corral (buffet)
S. Beckford Dr. (at its intersection with Dabney Dr.):
Big Cheese Pizza
The Village Kitchen (Chinese & American)
Ichibar Japanese Restaurant
Pino's Italian Restaurant
Ruin Creek Road (I-85 Exit 212):
Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant
NC 39 North @ Jct. of I-85 (I-85 Exit 214)
Restaurant 39 (Southern home style cooking)
In the event your planned activities are not completed by the end of the day we have plenty of lodging choices available to serve you. You can choose from numerous national & regional chain motels (Hampton Inn, Red Roof Inn Plus, Baymont Inn & Suites, Sleep Inn, Travelodge, Econo-Lodge, Budget Host Inn & Scottish Inn), a rural bed and breakfast inn (Lamplight Inn) or several non-chain affiliated motels. Kerr Lake waterfront cottages are available at Satterwhite Point Marina. If you are looking for just the basics or all the comforts of home you will find a property to suit your needs and budget.
Be sure to pick up a Henderson/Kerr Lake Visitors Guide which contains a listing of restaurants and lodging establishments in our area. Local and state maps are also available.
We thank you for visiting Henderson, Vance County and Kerr Lake. It is our sincere hope that your time spent here has created a memorable experience and that you will make plans for a return visit soon.
Your friends at:
Vance County Tourism Department
Crossroads Shopping Center
946-T West Andrews Ave.
Henderson, NC 27536