The charming small towns of Sampson County in the rural coast plains of Eastern North Carolina has lots of appeal to people of all ages looking for fun things to do outdoors and in smaller crowds. Sampson County is a great place to discover all of the unique things that make our local communities interesting and a fun place to visit. We are doing our part to help you and your family relax and travel confidently while enjoying our quieter neck of the woods! Here is a list of 5 suggestions as you consider a day trip or weekend getaway!
Sampson County’s Barn Quilt Trail
Did you know that Sampson County is the Barn Quilt Capital of North Carolina? You’ll find over 150 of them placed on barns, houses, mailboxes, and other buildings throughout Sampson County. As you are out exploring our small towns, discover this American folk art as you travel along our beautiful rural country roads to view the colorful quilt patterns and experience the beauty and lifestyle of our communities. Check out the barn quilt mapping tool on our website, as well as printable barn quilts by town, as well as some featured driving trails that we continue to add as Sampson County’s Barn Quilt Trail grows!
Are you interested in getting your own barn quilt? You can see more information on our website.
Hubb’s Farm is located along Hwy 421, on some land in Sampson County that has been in the Butler Family for more than four generations. Back in 2008, the family transformed their farming business into a local attraction knows as Hubb’s Corn Maze and grew from there. The farm is open in spring, fall, and winter with a wide variety of events and activities, including the popular 10-acre corn maze, and is a year-round venue to book parties and events. The farm also offers educational school tours and popular packages for corporate outings, birthday parties, family reunions, and more. We encourage you to visit the Hubb’s Farm website to find out about their calendar of events happening! It’s a great place for wholesome family fun. Hubb’s Farm has completed the #CountonMeNC training and received a certification helping to ensure your well-being and safety during your visit. For more information, go to countonmenc.org.
Sampson County History Museum Village
The Sampson County History Museum Village is the crown jewel of Sampson County’s historical attractions, highlighting the land and inhabitants of this area, since the 1700s. Founded in 1997, it’s grown from a single house to a “village” of eleven buildings on a two-acre campus. Some of the buildings are historic structures relocated from elsewhere in the county, such as 18th-century log cabins, a Civil War-era farmhouse, and a 1920s general store. The newest addition is the Military and Veterans Building which had its grand opening in 2019. Families and true history buffs alike will enjoy this amazing attraction! The Sampson County History Museum has completed the #CountonMeNC training and received a certification helping to ensure your well-being and safety during your visit. For more information, go to countonmenc.org.
Downtown Clinton Walking Tour
As you discover Historic Downtown Clinton and explore the shops and places to eat, we suggest you get out and about to appreciate the historic buildings and architecture on our self-guided walking tour. The historic district is located in the heart of Downtown Clinton and is nationally recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. The 21 buildings you will see on the tour were all generally constructed in the early 20th century after a devastating fire burned most of the commercial district in 1902. The Downtown Clinton Commercial Historic District is like a time capsule of historic pre-war architecture and its continued use and investment shows the pride the people of Clinton and Sampson County have in their history. Check out the digital map here on our website. (Pictured below is Dr. Victor R. Small House which is also the Sampson Arts Council, located at 709 College Street.)
Comfort Inn & Suites
Relax and stay a while! The Comfort Inn located in Clinton has 50 rooms, with 7 suites some of which are designated non-smoking. Each room is outfitted with a mini-fridge, a microwave, an iron, an ironing board, and a hairdryer. Guests wake up to a complimentary breakfast-to-go, for your safety due to Covid-19. A business center provides a computer with internet access for guests’ use. Parking is free. The Comfort Inn is located next to the Sampson Crossing shopping center. The Sampson Agri-Expo Center is four miles away. Carolina Beach is 60 miles away. Fayetteville Municipal Airport is 43 miles from the hotel.
Your safety is our top priority. We are proud that the Comfort Inn in Clinton has completed the Count On Me NC Training Program, a public health initiative that empowers guests and businesses to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19. Read more at www.countonmenc.org.
Whether you are visiting family, looking for a great day trip, visiting on business, or planning on enjoying a weekend getaway not too far from home, we look forward to seeing you in Sampson County. Get out and explore and enjoy our historical small towns and all the unique things they have to offer. And don’t forget to discover the art and your heart along Sampson County’s Barn Quilt Trail. For more information, visit our Facebook Page, stop by the Sampson County Tourism office to pick up some brochures, or give us a call at 910.592.2557. We look forward to seeing you!