For $7, visitors can take a self-guided tour of the grounds (during non-pandemic times, guided tours are an option).
Murray's Mill Trail, a Carolina Thread Trail, is a 1.4-mile (one way) natural surface trail good for hiking. The mill is at the mid-way point of the trail. Take a right at the dam to follow the banks of the beautiful pond (while the CTT trail is technically out-and-back, you can also follow a footpath around the entire pond to return to the parking area. See this map.). This section of the trail is well marked with CTT blazes.
One other fun feature to mention is the StoryWalk (a children's book posted one page at a time along a short walking path) that begins and ends at the field just above the parking area. This is especially fun for tiny visitors.
How to get there: Parking for Murray's Mill Historic District is located at 1489 Murrays Mill Road, Catawba, NC 28609. From here, you can see the mill, take a tour, visit the general store or hike the trail.
Don't forget to pack:
- Comfortable walking shoes: Sneakers will do
- Some spending money: It's free to walk around, but just in case you want to do some shopping at the general store
- Bug spray: Particularly during warmer months
- Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen: This area is partially shaded, but not entirely