Parks & Recreation
The Town of Spencer enjoys a variety of diverse parks and sports facilities.
STANBACK Educational Forest
The Fred and Alice Stanback Educational Forest, or Spencer Woods, is located at the end of 11th Street in Spencer. This 42-acre passive park is protected through a partnership with Three Rivers Land Trust and the Town of Spencer. The park, which opened in 2017, contains 2.5 miles of hiking trails, two educational pavilions and a small pond with floating dock.
Plans are under way in partnership with Three Rivers Land Trust to expand the park by another 50 acres with grants received by the N.C. Land and Water Fund, the Duke Energy Foundation, and private donations. The town plans to launch a fund-raising campaign to secure additional funding.
The land will be transferred to the Town of Spencer for maintenance of the park, which will remain a natural area and add significantly to the town’s greenspace footprint.
Trails were recently approved to connect the Spencer/Grants Creek Greenway to the N.C. Transportation Museum and on to the Yadkin River and Davidson County’s Yadkin River Park. The recently opened Davidson County park spans the river via the historic Wil-Cox Bridge, now a walking trail out over the river. The 1,300-foot bridge connects Rowan and Davidson counties. The Davidson park has picnic shelters, 1.25 miles of hiking and biking trails, boat access, and bank fishing opportunities. The trails wind along wooded entrenchment and rifle pits of Fort York, a Confederate fort built in anticipation of Union General George Stoneman’s Raid into Piedmont North Carolina and to protect the North Carolina Railroad Bridge.
The Preserve is wheelchair accessible at 11th Street Main Entrance.
Spencer Historic District Walking Tour
The one-mile tour starts at the town library and includes churches, restaurants, public buildings, and private homes. Visitors will be diverse features — diamond-pane recessed windows, varied architectural styles combined to create attractive dwellings, Gothic architecture, classical architecture, stained glass, and more.
Spencer’s Historic District reflects the wealth of the railroad and is a unique example of a railroad town from the latter part of the Gilded Age. Great time and detail were put into building each house and these dwellings represent a historic era when the railroad industry was America’s money making powerhouse.
Other Spencer parks include:
The park is used for community events and weddings.