Big-city sophistication, small-town charm and southern hospitality are just a few of the qualities that help define the wonderful Cleveland County community. Known for our friendly people visitors are never treated as such, you will always be a guest here.
From the foothills of the South Mountains to the pristine beauty of the Broad River, Cleveland County has a lot to offer both residents and guests. Located only 45 minutes from downtown Charlotte, Cleveland County is the “bulls-eye” between Asheville and Greenville/Spartanburg. The area also sits in the center of Crowder’s Mountain State Park, South Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park. Bike routes, hiking trails, lakes and rivers provide a variety of outdoor activities.
Cleveland County is home to an assortment of artists from potters to wine makers. Many second and third generation artists display in private studios and galleries throughout the county. Phillip Philbeck, among the most gifted and respected artists in North Carolina and the region, depicts his hometown in many landscape paintings. Live music can be enjoyed almost any day of the week in area businesses or basking on street corners..
Designated a National Preserve America Community by the U. S. White House, Cleveland County boasts a proud history. Self-guided walking tours of the “Shelby Dynasty” area known as the Central Shelby Historic District provide guests with a sense of the contribution this area made to the forming of North Carolina. Revolutionary war re-enactors frequent festivals in the Kings Mountain area, bringing history alive.
Cleveland County hosts countless amateur and semi-pro sports competitions with facilities to accommodate swimming, soccer, baseball, golf, motocross racing, dirt track auto racing, rodeo, marathon, triathlon, and basketball events. See Shelby NC on ESPN during the American Legion World Series held every August.
Agritourism is the specialty of the county with a mixture of rural sight-seeing opportunities. Pick your own, exotic animal and organic farms dot the landscape along with certified road side markets during harvest seasons. The Shelby Corn Maze is particularly popular during October when it is haunted, as is the Bar H Rodeo Haunted Hayride.
The Cleveland County Visitor Center is the first point of contact for many guests and newcomers. The Chamber of Commerce office has guest information available and is located at 200 S. Lafayette Street, in the historic district of Uptown Shelby.