- Kimberly Pinello
Love Valley, NC Review
Take a step back in time and you'll find yourself back in the wild wild west. Located in North Carolina, it is an old western town nestled in the foothills of the Brushy Mountains just north of Statesville, NC, Love Valley is a town all its own, away from the hustle of the city life. There, surprisingly you will find the leisurely atmosphere of an old western community. Love Valley's downtown invites visitors to ride into town on the dirt road, hitch their horses to the hitching rails, stroll along the boardwalk and shop at the country store, tack shop, or the blacksmith shop. There is also a restaurant, Silver Spur (excellent food and live music) and two saloons. From Easter to Halloween, the town host events including rodeos, horse and wagon parades, concerts, a chili cook-off, or you may want to take a leisurely horseback ride along one of the winding trails. The trails are mountainous and rocky but very not very difficult. If you don't like crowds or a lot of people drinking alcohol, avoid the busy weekends that they are having events. We spent a few days with the horses hitched to the hitching pole, sipping on a cold beer, sitting on the porch listening to stories from the locals. There are plenty of places to camp within a mile of the town. Definitely put Love Valley on your list!