Carbonton, North Carolina: Old Carbonton Dam: Center of North Carolina

The dam was removed in late 2005, but you can still explore the old powerhouse tower. A sign at the site states that it is the geographic center of North Carolina.
Address:
Carbonton Rd, Carbonton, NC
Directions:
From US Hwy 1, on the south side of Sanford, take the Hwy 42 exit toward Asheboro. Drive west 9.5 miles. You'll see the gravel entrance to the parking lot on the right. If you cross the bridge over the Deep River you've gone too far.
Admission:
Free
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Dam building.

Old Carbonton Dam: Center of North Carolina

North Carolina DOT is rebuilding the surrounding bridge on 42 currently. Easy to get to it -- just need to approach from the south via Plank Road.

[Brian Ross, 06/11/2019]

Dam power station ruins.

Old Carbonton Dam: Center of North Carolina

The dam is just off a pleasant country road, and is open to the public. It was decommissioned [and removed] in 2005 due to its harmful effects on the Deep River's ecosystem, but the dam powerhouse tower remains as a roadside attraction. There are picnic tables and a couple of informative signs. One of them states that the area is the geographic center of North Carolina, and provides the coordinates to prove it!

[Elias Ingraham, 09/26/2015]

At 270 feet across, the Carbonton Dam was the largest ever removed in North Carolina.

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