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.
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.