In the 90s, a handful of dedicated mountain bikers began to build trails at Finch Park in Lexington in order to enjoy their favorite past time. Eventually, for various reasons these trails became neglected. As the trails became unidentifiable and overgrown, less riders were able to access them and the trails were almost forgotten.
What was left was a convoluted mesh of heavily eroded, technical trails, difficult for the average rider to access. With renewed interest in mountain biking in the area, trail advocates saw the potential to recover and modernize these trails.
With the permission of Lexington Parks and Recreation, trail and bike advocates developed a strategy to update the trails into a system that would be accessible to multiple riding levels.
High priority was placed on a beginner loop where new and less skilled riders can enjoy learning to mountain bike.
Being an immigrant to Davidson County, I searched for places to hunt and fish soon after I arrived. In classic Southern fashion, I went to the old country store in Denton. I approached the counter and asked the proprietor if there was any hunting land available in the area. He narrowed his eyes and gave me a look, “You ain’t from around here, are you boy?"
So began the saga of my hunting and fishing escapades in the region.
The fascinating thing about Davidson County is the large number of public lands, rivers, creeks and streams nearby. Because this county is a relatively rural spot compared to our neighbors, there are plenty of farm ponds stocked with bass and bream.
The man-made High Rock Lake is situated between Davidson and Rowan County serving as a county boundary. Recently, the lake has become a destination for those seeking a quieter living environment and friendly neighbors.
It is the second largest lake in the state. Despite the lake being man-made in the late 1920s, it houses sanctuaries of amazing wildlife and it is a well-known fishing lake for largemouth, white and striped bass, black crappie, white crappie, catfish (blue, channel and flathead), and bluegill.
Recently, I had the pleasure of taking a private tour with local expert and lake resident, Paula Noonan of Lakefront Properties and More, who guided me to two very different “corners” of the lake.
Lake Thom-A-Lex was built in 1956 as a water reservoir for the cities of Thomasville and Lexington. This lake rests on 650 acres of fresh water which is perfect for fishing from either a boat, one of three piers or from a kayak.
With over 5,000 feet of runway and the ability to handle everything from the smallest hang glider to a 60,000-pound jet, the Davidson County airport is attracting increasingly more interest as an alternative to the Triad’s busier airports.
Together, fixed-base operators Mari-Elena Baldwin and Karel Van Der Linden have worked to build the airport’s reputation as a top-notch facility that puts customer service and convenience first. Their business model relies heavily on the idea that, as a small airport, they have to go the extra mile to keep pilots and passengers coming back.
Pack it, shape it, wet it, dust it, slap it, ride it, and repeat until perfect. Freshly groomed and prepared, terra cotta waves rise, fall, and flow like a river of clay, displaying the artistry of these dirt digging denizens.
Bike parks have been popping up all over major cities, yet in Davidson County unsung private tracks have been here all along, paid for not in municipal dollars, but in sweat.