Occoneechee Speedway: A Walk Through NASCAR History
- Bring supplies for a picnic! There are plenty of picnic tables as well as open meadows to enjoy a nice bite to eat with your family.
- Leave the stroller at home as the trails are unpaved.
Did you know that the second oldest NASCAR track is located right here in the Triangle and has been turned into a fun, historical walking trail named Occoneechee Speedway?
Occoneechee Speedway preserves the history of early NASCAR.
Built in 1947 and closed in 1968, the Occoneechee Speedway is still home to some of its original structures! The trail is lined with a few old racing cars along with the original bleachers, grandstand lights, flag stand, ticket booth, Pepsi coolers, and more. I loved walking this track with my family and imagining the 1950’s when this place was truly alive with screaming fans, race car engines, and a bustling concession stand.
The Occoneechee Speedway offers beautiful nature trails.
The historical track that cars once raced on is a one mile loop, but there are other trails you can walk as well if you’re looking for a longer stroll.
In addition to the cool history, the trail is gorgeous, winding through mature trees and open fields.
There are plenty of meadows for picnics and little inclines off to the side that lead you to views of the river. There’s even an old football field with the original field goals.
The trails are dog and child-friendly, but I suggest leaving the stroller at home as they are unpaved.
If you’d like to check out another beautiful piece of history in the Triangle, Pullen Park won’t disappoint!