Spooky Places in North Carolina to Visit This Fall

Fall is officially here, which means it’s time to break out the Halloween decorations, throw on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original), and start carving pumpkins. You can also get into the Halloween spirit by visiting any of these spooky places in North Carolina this fall.

  • Woods of Terror: Located in Greensboro, this frightening haunt features more than a dozen different haunted houses, including Arachnophobia, The Slaughter House, and Night Stalkers. Enter if you dare.spooky places in North Carolina
  • Ghosts of New Bern: Do you believe in ghosts? Your opinion might change after you take this one-hour walking tour through New Bern’s Historic District.
  • Scarowinds: If you find amusing parks frightening enough during the dog days of summer, just wait until you enter Carowinds during the Halloween season, when the park is decked out and full of haunted attractions—as well as the horrifying coasters that make this park great.
  • Beaufort Ghost Walk: Take a guided walking tour through “America’s Best Small Town,” where pirates may just claim you for their crews—and never let you return.

Are you in need of a new coffin car for your haunted tour through North Carolina? Visit Nissan of Clinton today for a test drive—while it’s still light out.

Sampson County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program Organizes “Art in the Park”

Sampson County Extension Master GardenerThe Sampson County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program organized the first-ever “Art in the Park” event on April 8th, where visitors to the Sampson County Cooperative Extension grounds off US 421 south of Clinton could view hand-made art pieces.

The volunteer group held an herb cooking class from 10am to noon on the 8th, which was proceeded by the “Art in the Park” event. The volunteers showcased their creative work and offered lavender shortbread cookies and strawberry mint-infused water made at the cooking event. The art was made of plant material as well as yard objects like chairs and grills that were repurposed as planters.

The “Art in the Park” event was also meant to advertise the group’s annual azalea sale, which is ongoing through the month of April. Buyers can find showcased azaleas, geraniums, herbs, and more at the Extension Office at 55 Agriculture Place in Clinton.

The group of 20 puts on seminars and outreach events for all ages, including cooking classes and other educational programs. To support the Master Gardeners, you can buy from the azalea sale any time between 10am and 6pm, Monday through Saturday, until the end of April. Our staff at Nissan of Clinton love supporting local organizations, so we hope you’ll stop by the sale!

Fun Fall Activities in Clinton, NC

fun fall activitiesLooking for something to do this fall? There are plenty of fun fall activities in Clinton, North Carolina.

Old School Sorghum Festival: Technically in Roseboro, only a 17 minute trip away from Clinton, this festival introduces guests to a tour of the old school as well as vendors, historical exhibits, interactive activities, and much more. Check it out on October 15th.

Sampson County History Museum: This museum has a “Historical Hauntings” event coming up on Halloween, but if spooky stuff isn’t your thing, you can come any other day for a fun and educational glimpse into the past of Clinton and the surrounding Sampson County area.

Halloween on the Square: Downtown Clinton offers trick-or-treating for youngsters on the Square for the 4th year in a row! With pumpkin carving, a ghost hunt, live music, and, of course, plenty of free candy, this is a great way to do something different and fun for Halloween.

Hubb’s Corn Maze: Hubb’s is open the rest of the year under the name Hubb’s Farm, but the famous corn maze is only open from September 17th through November 12th. There are tons of activities and games for kids onsite besides just the maze like Corn Hole, a Tire Mountain, a Giant Sandbox, and much more.

Fun fall activities aren’t hard to come by in Clinton. Check out one or all of the events listed on this blog and you’re sure to have a good time.

Collector Car Appreciation Day

Collector Car Appreciation DayJuly 11 is officially, Collector Car Appreciation Day and there are so many ways to join in the fun. Whether you own a collector car yourself, or just like to look at them, there are sure to be plenty of fun car shows this coming weekend.

In nearby Goldsboro, North Carolina, the Wayne County Cruisers Car Club will host a Collector Car Appreciation Day Cruise-In on July 11. For more information, you can call Ed Yahnker at 919-751-0806.

While thinking about collector cars, we’re looking back on some amazing cars from Nissan’s history. Here is a list of what Hemmings, the world’s largest collector car marketplace, considers some of the most collectible Nissan and Datsun car.

  • Datsun 2000 Roadster. Produced in the early 1960s, this roadster packed a punch with 135 horsepower from its 1,982cc inline-four engine and had a top speed of more than 115 mph. It was a replaced after only three years by the Datsun 240Z.
  • 1970-1973 Datsun 240Z. A true leader in the automotive industry, the Datsun 240Z set the bar high for other manufactures with its sporty looks and powerful engine.
  • 1989-1992 Nissan 240SX.This car was meant to pay tribute to the original Datsun 240Z and was well-received here in the United States. It offered power along with a controlled ride and a fun-to-drive attitude.
  • 1989-1994 Nissan Maxima SE. It might seem strange to think of a family sedan as a collector car, but in 1991, Nissan added a new twin-cam V-6 engine to the Maxima SE, making it a true gem, adding great power to the Maxima SE’s already good looks.
  • 1991-1994 Nissan Sentra SE-R. The performance-oriented R version of the Sentra packed power with clean styling. It was short-lived and was cut after 1994.

If you’re headed out to any car shows this weekend, be sure to keep your eyes open for these and other classic Datsun and Nissan cars.

State Parks to Visit in North Carolina

Mile-High Swinging Suspension Bridge at Grandfather MountainHere at Nissan of Clinton, we realize just how lucky we are to have such an abundance of beautiful state parks available to us. Not everyone is privileged with the variety of landscapes that we see here, we get to enjoy it all, from the beaches on the east coast to the mountainous hiking and camping in the central part of the state and even the rolling hills, lakes, and prairies that are so good for picnics. With Labor Day weekend quickly approaching, we have decided to expand our Grandfather Mountain State Park post from last year with a few of our other favorite parks in North Carolina.

  • Carolina Beach State Park – Located in Carolina Beach, NC just south of Wilmington, Carolina Beach State Park is the place to go for a beach-day or water-sport getaway. The park marina lets out into some of the state’s best fishing. There is also great hiking and camping.
  • Jockey’s Ridge State Park – If sand dunes and sunsets are more your speed, Jockey’s Ridge State Park will be right up your alley. This desert-like park features the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast. The high wind speeds on the dunes make it a great place for kiteboarding, hang gliding, kiting, and more while picnics, hiking, and sandboarding are also popular at this park.
  • Kerr Lake State Recreational Area – Spanning the border of North Carolina and Virginia, the Kerr Lake State Recreational Area  is a great water getaway in the northeast corner of the Piedmont region. While the lake is a great place for fishing, boating, and other water sports, the 800 miles of wooded shoreline are great for visitors who don’t want to get wet.
  • Hanging Rock State Park – For outdoorsy folk who like more strenuous hiking, impressive geological features, cascading waterfalls, and expansive views, Hanging Rock State Park is the place to be. Located not far from the Triad area this park offers great hiking trails, vacation cabins, a mountain lake, picnic areas, and more. This one is definitely worth a visit.

MotorbooksMobile Bus Scheduled to Visit nearby Attractions

flame jobCar people naturally like to get together and appreciate the relationship of form and function that is so inherent in automobiles. Motorbooks, one of the most respected publishers of automotive books, celebrates the design and functionality of all sorts of cars and trucks throughout history and has recently created a mobile bookstore to help spread the joy.

The MotorbooksMobile bus will be attending a number of events and car shows around the country this year in order to give enthusiasts a chance to see and buy books they otherwise might have never heard of. Lucky for us here in North Carolina, the bus will be attending two large events nearby. On October 17 – 19, it will attend the “Cruisin’ the Beach” auto show in Myrtle Beach, SC which is an open car show featuring hot rods and custom cars. On October 25 – 27, the bus will be in attendance at “Goodguys Southeastern Nationals”, one of the largest hot-rod gatherings and car shows. Be sure to check out these events if you are in the area. For more exciting car news and the latest Nissan models, stop by Nissan of Clinton.

Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain Mile-High Swinging BridgeLooking for something to do in North Carolina over this Labor Day 2013 weekend or throughoutthe rest of the summer? Why not enjoy some of the nearby nature and scenery at Grandfather Mountain? Take a break from your busy schedule and the city life to get back to nature and get some of the best views around.

Located between Linville and Boone, NC, this park features walking and hiking trails, wildlife habitats, naturalist programs, a nature museum, a mile-high swinging bridge, and much more! Learn about some of the most elusive creatures in the park including cougars, white-tailed deer, black bears, Grandfather Mountain Mile High Bridgeriver otters, and the golden eagle at the environmental habitats. Or if you want a gorgeous 360 degree view of the park, check out the swinging bridge that is one mile above sea level. In place since 1952, this bridge has excited and awed thousands of park visitors who have walked its span. You really can’t go wrong visiting this park as there is something for everyone.

Here at Nissan of Clinton, a popular Nissan dealership in Clinton, NC, we feel it is important to protect and enjoy the local nature and wildlife. Take the time to enjoy the natural beauties around you for a while. If you’re looking for something to do, we highly recommend Grandfather Mountain as a getaway during Labor Day or any other time!