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50 at 50 | May 18

Posted By MICHELLE WELLS, NC RECREATION & PARK ASSN, Thursday, May 17, 2018
Many years ago my family held a gathering in a historic home at Cedarock Park in Alamance County and since I was not able to attend, I took the opportunity to explore this park on my own. Established in 1975, this 500-acre park has some very unique features and creatures. The park is on the site of the historic farm of John and Polly Garrett. From the information signs I read, they established their homestead on this property in 1830 and the farm has been restored to the way it was in the late 1800s. The farm was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1980.

While exploring the farm site I found the original home the Garrett’s built while the main house was being built, a building that was once the post office, a corn crib, several buildings used for farm equipment and carriage storage, and the outhouse, while not operational, was in better shape than some I’ve used in the past. And what would a restored farm be without a few sheep, goats and a team of mules? Cedarock park has them all!

In addition the farm, the park offers six miles of hiking trails, six miles of equestrian trails, two disc golf courses with a total of 36 holes for play, two fishing ponds, a picturesque waterfall over an old mill dam, picnic shelters and gazebos, a basketball court, a volleyball court, a playground, canoe and kayak rentals, camping, and ample field space for open play. The even add in a third disc golf course to host tournaments.

So what about the historic house where my family gathered? It is now the visitors center and location of the offices for the Alamance County Parks & Recreation staff. Not a bad place to have an office. If you are looking for a unique experience, this is a great place to put on your list. For more information on Cedarock Park visit

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