Located 30 minutes southeast of Raleigh, Dunn, NC, is the birthplace of rock and roll guitarist Link Wray. He's best known as the father of hard rock with his hard driving, distorted electric guitar sound. There are lots of places to check out in Dunn. Here are a few we like.
Dunn, NC 28334
Try your luck at Dunn Bingo, a bingo parlor that is the liveliest place in town. Professional callers set the pace. Dunn Bingo is noted for its upbeat and pleasant staff. Refreshments are available. The crowd is a mix of families, college students and older folks. The players seem to develop a camaraderie among one another as the games proceed. The daubers come in nine bright colors and there is plenty of seating. Bingo bags and cushions are sold on site. There are 12 sessions daily with a progressive jumbo bingo game at the beginning of each one. Everybody applauds when someone calls out that sweet five-letter word. After the last session is over, your whole family will be ready to turn in at your Dunn inn.
Tucker Lake Recreation
3025 Allens Crossroads Rd
Benson, NC 27504
Just a short drive north of Dunn is Tucker Lake Recreation in Benson. Visitors will enjoy a spring-fed lake with sandy beaches. Play a pick-up beach volleyball game. The kids will love the rope swings and jungle gym playground, plus there is a water slide for the little ones. There are four acres of shaded picnic area equipped with grills and tables. You'll definitely want to try the 160-foot twisting water slide. A snack bar is available; it also stocks floats and suntan lotion. Paddle boats, kayaks and canoes are available for rent. Lifeguards are on duty at all times in season, from Memorial Day until Labor Day.
Raven Rock State Park
3009 Raven Rock Rd
Lillington, NC 27546-8821
20 miles west of Dunn, NC is Raven Rock State Park, which contains 4,667 acres of natural wonder. Raven Rock rises along the Cape Fear River for over 150 feet. You can ride the rapids of Lanier Falls on the Cape Fear Canoe Trail that runs through the park. The trail travels for 56 miles along the river from an access at Deep River. Flooding can make the river dangerous for canoeing, however, so check with the park office for the current water level before setting out. Sport fishermen in the Cape Fear River head for the mouth of Campbell Creek. Game fish in these waters include largemouth bass, catfish and longnose gar. Other species include American eel, chub and perch. Fishing is permitted during posted park hours only. For equestrians, on the north side of the river there are areas set aside for parking and picnicking and seven miles of trails for horseback riding. The park is open every day except Christmas. There is a visitors' center for information and maps. By the time you have sampled everything this park has to offer, you'll relish returning to your Dunn bed and breakfast.