Seeking a peaceful outdoor sanctuary with gorgeous views in favor of the hustle and bustle of city life? Look no further than the Blueways and Backroads region of the NC Triad. Home to an abundance of rivers, lakes and parks–this community is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Spanning most of Rockingham and Caswell counties and spreading into parts of Alamance and Stokes, this area has plenty to offer.
Reidsville city population: 13,933
Yanceyville city population: 2,297
Eden city population: 15,235
Rockingham County population (2019): 90,853
Caswell County population (2019): 22,504
This region is known for its beautiful blueways – most notably, the vast Dan River in upstate North Carolina. This river offers plenty of recreational activities, from canoeing and kayaking to fishing and bird watching. The Mayo River, Smith River and Haw River are all excellent options for beginner paddlers. Lakes in the area for recreational swimming and boating include Belews Lake, Lake Reidsville and Lake Hunt. With an abundance of places to swim and fish, the outdoor areas in the Blueways community are unparalleled within the Triad. Plenty of walking and biking trails are available in this region, including the Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail and Reidsville Mountain Trail. You can even go ziplining at Graystone Farm! Check out our Outdoor Adventure page to explore more outdoor activities in the Triad.
Arts and history attractions throughout this region offer unparalleled experiences. Historical sites like the Governor Reid House and Civil War Trail, in addition to the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) which displays local history and artifacts. Immerse yourself in cultural performances by checking out the upcoming schedule of events at Rockingham County Theatre Guild and the Rockingham County Arts Council. Dan River Art Market provides a great place to admire and purchase artwork. Meanwhile, the RCC Center for Creative Woodworking offers a chance to explore a new passion in woodworking. The annual Fine Arts Festival highlights local artists and offers members of the community the chance to discover new art.
From pick-your-own apples, blueberries and strawberries to farmers markets and farm-to-table restaurants, this community is serious about fresh produce. Check out 24 Blackbirds, and the Caswell Farmers Market. Restaurants throughout the area use these fresh ingredients in their dishes, like Mom’s Kitchen and The Farmers Table, both located in Reidsville. In Eden, you’ll find a variety of cuisines from El Parral Mexican and Santana’s to Fisherman’s Galley and Chaney’s. Sample a variety of North Carolina brews at Reidsville’s Lucky City Brewing, or Madison’s Hell on Horsecreek Brewing.
As a top region for jobs in education, it’s no surprise that the Blueways and Backroads community also offers top education programs for children. Public regional school districts include Rockingham County Schools and Caswell County Schools. Private and charter schools include Carolina Baptist Academy, Victory Baptist Christian Academy, Community Baptist School, and more.
In Caswell County, education and government jobs top the charts with the highest numbers of employees. Major employers in Caswell County include Caswell County Schools, NC Department of Public Safety, WS Construction, and local government. Meanwhile, Rockingham County’s top employers include Unifi, Gildan Activewear and Keystone Foods.