Dallas, NC – The Gaston County Museum is kicking off the summer with more “Hiking through History” tours – and this year, we’re taking to the rivers too! Come join us for family fun as we explore the great outdoors and learn about the history of our county.

Paddle through History: Catawba River- Saturday, June 29th at 10:00 am

Guided kayak tour learning about the early civilizations on the river, moonlit moonshine runs, and the train at the bottom of the water.

Paddle through History: South Fork – from Mountain to Island – Saturday, July 27th at 10:00 am

Guided kayak tour from Spencer Mountain to Goat Island with a focus on the early development of the county and the rise of European settlements.

Hike through History: Mountain Island Park Trail – Saturday, June 22nd at 10:00 am

Learn about the Mountain Island Mill and the destruction of the riverfront caused by the 1919 flood.

Hike through History: Crowder’s Mountain – Saturday, August 3rd at 10:00 am

Learn about the hidden histories of Crowder’s Mountain and the role it has played in our county’s development.

Space is limited for each event and reservations are required. Waivers will be provided at the beginning of each event and must be signed prior to heading out. Tour guests are welcome to bring their own kayak; however, there will be kayaks available for rent. All hikes are free. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the hikes.

For more information or to reserve a spot email Alex Brooks at [email protected]. The Gaston County Museum is located at 131 West Main Street, Dallas, North Carolina, 28034. Open Tuesday – Friday: 10a – 5p; Saturday: 10a – 3p. For more information about the museum, call (704) 922-7681 or email [email protected].