The weather is warming and there are so many fun events to attend outside around the county in the coming weeks. Beyond that, we wanted to share a round-up of things to do in JoCo during the Spring.
This activity is perfect for families with little ones. Johnston County has multiple family-owned strawberry farms that open their fields to pickers, or you could just show up and buy them pre-picked by the bucket. Click here for a list of berry farms sure to have this sweet, red fruit. Fields open in late April or early May, depending on the year's weather conditions. Some farms even have special events happening throughout the u-pick season. Find fun strawberry recipes here if you're looking for delicious ways to prepare your strawberry haul!
JoCo's Beer, Wine, & Shine Trail
With the weather turning warm and breezy, Spring is a great time to enjoy the Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail. In the Spring months our family-owned, award-winning vineyards are green with grapes growing on the vine and waiting for the late Summer harvest. Sit on the porch and enjoy a chilled glass of wine and take home a bottle of your favorite. In addition, Johnston County's breweries will have special, seasonal release beers and great weekend events happening on their spacious patios. Our two distilleries are getting in on the action as well with special events including music, food trucks, and signature drinks served-up to highlight their products! Visit the Beer, Wine, Shine Trail to learn how to travel along the trail.
For parents of young, energetic kids it's been a long winter of being cooped up indoors due to the weather. Take the family outside to explore, play, and learn. The Neuse River also offers an excellent opportunity for canoers and kayakers. Places like Clemmons Forest and Howell Woods offer nature and wildlife learning opportunities, hands-on activities, and even camps. For a list of places in Johnston County to hike, bike, and play visit our Nature & Recreation page. And don't forget your bff (best furry friend) - JoCo has lots of pet-friendly options for those exploring with their dogs!
Even better, 2023 is officially the Year of the Trail in North Carolina; it's the law to get outside and explore JoCo's trails, parks, paths, and open spaces. Attend Bentonville in Bloom to learn more about how even our historic places can be natural areas of beauty and recreation. Don't forget to Leave No Trace so we can all enjoy a pristine outdoor experience in JoCo. For those interested in voluntourism, the Friends of Johnston County will be hosting an Earth Day Countywide Clean Up event on April 22nd.
Discover Our Downtowns
Explore Johnston County's Downtown areas. All of our historic downtowns are very walkable with lots of locally-owned shops, restaurants, and museums. You never know what sort of unique treats you might find, like those along our Sweet Tooth Trail; and speaking of trails, be sure to check out all our fun JoCo trails - from coffee to murals to history to hot dogs!