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Sparta is the county seat of Alleghany County, located along U.S. Highway 21 at the midway point of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is approximately 77 miles northwest of Winston-Salem. Sparta is part of North Carolina's High Country, where the saying is "Getting here is easy, leaving is not." A pleasant, relaxing town, Sparta has a rich mountain heritage, but also has modern amenities to offer visitors. Tourism and outdoor recreation is key to Sparta and Alleghany County, where you'll find attractions such as the New River State Park, Cumberland Knob, Stone Mountain State Park and Doughton Park, which is the largest and most diverse of the Blue Ridge Parkway's recreational areas. Four distinct seasons bring a wide range of activities and beauty to the mountains surrounding Sparta. The area has over eighty miles of hatchery supported trout streams, and other sports include canoeing, river tubing, hiking, mountain biking, downhill and cross-country skiing, camping and golf. The New River, which is one of the oldest rivers in North America (about 320 million years old, meaning it was already in place when the Appalachian Mountains were formed,) has a wide variety of wildlife, making it perfect for birdwatching and photography, as well as canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Historic attractions in the area include the Brinegar Cabin on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Fred Weaver Home on the New River and the Alleghany County Courthouse in Sparta.

Surrounding areas: Ennice, North Carolina (7.7 mi), Laurel Springs, North Carolina (10.2 mi), Roaring Gap, North Carolina (10.3 mi), New River State Park, North Carolina (11.9 mi), Crumpler, North Carolina (15.2 mi), Jefferson, North Carolina (20.4 mi), West Jefferson, North Carolina (21.8 mi)

Sparta Vacation Rentals

Sparta Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Alleghany Inn531 N Main StSparta, NC (336) 372-2501
Knights Inn312 W Stuart DrGalax, VA15.3 mi.(276) 236-5117
Super 8303 N Main StGalax, VA15.4 mi.(276) 236-5127
Best Western Eldreth Inn829 E Main StJefferson, NC19.5 mi.(336) 246-8845
Jefferson LandingJefferson, NC20.4 mi.(336) 982-4449
Comfort Inn1633 Winston RdJonesville, NC24.0 mi.(336) 835-9400
Days Inn1540 NC 67 HwyJonesville, NC24.0 mi.(336) 526-6777
Hampton Inn Jonesville/Elkin NC1632 NC Hwy 67Jonesville, NC24.0 mi.(336) 835-1994
Holiday Inn Express1713 NC 67 HwyJonesville, NC24.0 mi.(336) 835-6000
Holiday InnIntersection I77 & Hwy 67Jonesville, NC24.0 mi.(919) 835-6000
Super 8 Motel5601 US Hwy 21Jonesville, NC24.0 mi.(800) 800-8000
Comfort Inn151 Farmers Market DrHillsville, VA24.7 mi.(276) 730-9999
Holiday Inn Express1700 Winkler StWilkesboro, NC24.8 mi.(336) 838-1800
Addison InnUS Hwy 421 NorthWilkesboro, NC24.9 mi.(336) 838-1000
Lowe's MotelHwy 421aWilkesboro, NC24.9 mi.(336) 838-4186
Quality InnUS 421 & 268 BypWilkesboro, NC24.9 mi.(910) 667-2176
Super 899 Farmers Market RdHillsville, VA24.9 mi.(276) 728-4125
Holiday Inn Express85 Airport RdHillsville, VA25.3 mi.(276) 728-2120
Hampton Inn Wilkesboro1300 Collegiate DrWilkesboro, NC25.5 mi.(336) 838-5000
Days Inn142 Kelly RdFancy Gap, VA25.5 mi.(276) 728-5101
Doe Run LodgeMP 189 Blue RDG PkwyFancy Gap, VA26.2 mi.(276) 398-2212
Best Western Bryson Inn125 Plaza DrMt Airy, NC27.7 mi.(336) 352-3400
Hampton Inn-hillsville90 Farmers MKT RdHillsville, VA27.8 mi.(276) 728-2345
Holiday Inn Express1994 Carrollton Pike RdHillsville, VA27.8 mi.(276) 728-9100
Comfort Inn2136 Rockford StMT Airy, NC27.9 mi.(336) 789-2000
Comfort Inn2126 Rockford StMount Airy, NC27.9 mi.(336) 789-2000
Hampton Inn2029 Rockford StMount Airy, NC28.1 mi.(336) 789-5999
Knob Hill Motor Lodge Inc305 E Stuart DrHillsville, VA28.1 mi.(276) 728-2131
Microtel Suites1293 Newsome StMount Airy, NC28.9 mi.(336) 789-7660

Sparta Weather & Climate

The Northwest Blue Ridge Mountains range from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet and topography affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops than in the cities below. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations, with temperatures rarely reaching 90 degrees. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common in season. Winter is generally moderate, but extreme conditions can occur at the mountain peaks. It's not unusual to have warm temperatures in the valleys and snow in the higher areas. In the lowlands, snows of one inch or more occur just 1-5 times per year. More frequent and deeper snows fall at the higher elevations.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 40°F 18°F 4.11 in. -
February 44°F 21°F 3.83 in. -
March 52°F 27°F 5.55 in. -
April 61°F 35°F 4.80 in. -
May 69°F 43°F 5.43 in. -
June 75°F 51°F 4.32 in. -
July 79°F 55°F 4.52 in. -
August 78°F 54°F 4.07 in. -
September 72°F 48°F 4.52 in. -
October 62°F 35°F 4.19 in. -
November 53°F 28°F 4.78 in. -
December 44°F 21°F 3.39 in. -

Sparta Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Wilkes County airport (UKF) located about 19 miles south of Sparta in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the New River Valley airport (PSK) located approximately 50 miles northeast of Sparta in Dublin, Virginia, the Hickory Regional airport (HKY) located roughly 54 miles southwest of Sparta in Hickory, North Carolina, the Smith Reynolds airport (INT) located around 56 miles southeast of Sparta in Winston - Salem, North Carolina, the Piedmont Triad International airport (GSO) located about 71 miles southeast of Sparta in Greensboro, North Carolina, and finally the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located approximately 71 miles west of Sparta in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee.

Sparta Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Wet 'n Wild Emerald PointeGreensboroNC79.8 mi.
JeepersConcordNC81.6 mi.
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC89.7 mi.
Water Parks
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC79.8 mi.
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC99.1 mi.
Golf Courses
New River Country ClubTwin OaksNC3.5 mi.
Crestview Golf CourseEnniceNC10.5 mi.
Greenstreet Mountain Golf ClubTraphillNC12.5 mi.
Blue Ridge Country ClubGalaxVA15.4 mi.
Deer Creek Golf ParkGalaxVA15.4 mi.
Galax Country ClubGalaxVA15.4 mi.
Beaver Creek Golf CourseDobsonNC23.7 mi.
Countryside Golf ClubElkinNC24.1 mi.
Mountain Aire Golf ClubWest JeffersonNC24.5 mi.
Cedar Lake Golf CourseJonesvilleNC24.6 mi.
Rock Creek Country ClubNorth WilkesboroNC24.6 mi.
Skyland Lakes Golf ClubFancy GapVA26.2 mi.
Cross Creek Country ClubMount AiryNC29.0 mi.
Pine Ridge Classic Golf CourseMount AiryNC29.0 mi.
White Pines Country ClubMount AiryNC29.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC46.5 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC48.0 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC48.0 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV74.9 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC92.5 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV105.6 mi.
State Parks
Stone Mountain State ParkNC8.7 mi. 
Mount Jefferson State ParkNC20.2 mi. 
Rendezvous Mountain State ParkNC21.8 mi. 
Grayson Highlands State ParkVA22.0 mi. 
Hungry Mother State ParkVA34.0 mi. 
Pilot Mountain State ParkNC38.0 mi. 
Pilot Mountain State ParkNC38.2 mi. 
Pilot Mountain State ParkNC38.8 mi. 
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC54.8 mi.(Art)
DoorsAdvanceNC55.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA84.0 mi.
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC91.5 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC101.6 mi.

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