Welcome to Gastonia
Gastonia is a suburban city rich with textile history. The county seat of Gaston County and the second-largest Charlotte satellite city, Gastonia is located around 20 miles west of Charlotte. This bustling city has lots of shopping and dining and access to state and lake parks and numerous museums and cultural attractions.
Gastonia’s eclectic real estate is an enticing mix of old and new homes. Housing options range from hundreds of gorgeous Queen Anne and Craftsman residences in the leafy York-Chester Historic District to stylish apartments in the contemporary Loray Mill mixed-use development.
What to Love
● Mix of old and new homes
● Lots of parks and open space
● Walkable downtown area
● Schiele Museum science exhibits
People & Lifestyle
Gastonia is a growing city with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The walkable downtown district is teeming with local businesses, and the city has lots of great restaurants. There’s always plenty to see and do in Gastonia, from hiking through the sprawling wilderness of Crowders Mountain State Park to exploring the fascinating exhibits and planetarium at the Schiele Museum. Gastonia connects to other cities in the area via several highways, including I-85, which runs directly to Charlotte.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Gastonia has a historic downtown district featuring independent shops and restaurants. Webb Custom Kitchen is an upscale downtown dining destination serving sophisticated cuisine in a beautiful 1920s theater. This acclaimed restaurant has won many awards for its elegant food and setting. The Gaston Gazette named the restaurant the best place both for dates and business lunches, while Forbes listed it among the 100 most romantic restaurants in America. The historic Loray Mill has been converted into luxury contemporary lofts providing stylish living spaces close to excellent restaurants. RO’s BBQ is a family-run eatery serving mouthwatering BBQ plates, pimento cheeseburgers, and delicious signature slaw sandwiches. Tony’s Ice Cream on Franklin Boulevard is another family-run local favorite offering a range of homemade ice cream flavors alongside an extensive selection of grilled eats. On South New Hope Road, Twin Tops Fish Camp specializes in mouthwatering deep-fried seafood, offering nightly all-you-can-eat deals on menu items such as flounder filet, calabash shrimp, and devil crab.
Things to Do
Gastonia residents enjoy access to lots of scenic outdoor recreation areas. The Highland Rail Trail meanders through Gastonia’s neighborhoods, providing an easy route for traversing the city on foot or by bike. Crowders Mountain State Park extends over 5,217 acres at Gastonia’s southwestern edge. This expansive natural area offers 11 trails ranging in difficulty, with the most challenging trails leading to the park’s twin peaks of Crowders Mountain in the northeast and The Pinnacle in the west. The state park’s rugged terrain provides many ideal spots for rock climbing. Rankin Lake Park surrounds a picturesque reservoir in the northern part of Gastonia. Covering 242 acres, the park features many facilities and amenities. You can boat and fish on the lake, explore trails connecting to the Highland Rail Trail, and enjoy two horseshoe courts and an 18-hole disc golf course. Schiele Museum is a natural history museum with a planetarium and nature trail. Popular exhibits include an outdoor farm, a Stone Age heritage site, a Catawba Indian village, the Dino Safari adventure, and the tranquil Memorial Wildlife Garden.