Love Valley, North Carolina: Town With No Cars, Only Horses

Old west town founded in 1963 by Andy Barker, a guy who loved cowboys. No cars are allowed downtown; only horses and horse-drawn vehicles.

Love Valley

Address:
169 Henry Martin Trail, Love Valley, NC
Directions:
Not near any major highway. From Hwy 115/Wilkesboro Hwy turn northeast onto Mountain View Rd. Drive about 2.5 miles, then turn north onto Love Valley Rd, which goes to downtown Love Valley. You can park your car outside downtown.
Hours:
Prime season is Easter to Halloween. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
919-349-3541
Admission:
Free
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Love Valley entrance arch.

Town With No Cars

The town was sleepy when we visited, but we talked to a few locals who lived at Miss Kitty's boarding house. We were told that the town has live music every Saturday night and that the Allman Brothers played here at a big Woodstock-style festival in 1970.

[Christa De Mayo, 03/05/2019]

Horse only.

Town With No Cars, Only Horses

Love Valley is an Old West town attraction permitting horses only. Strange place.

[Lexi, 11/13/2018]

Old West main street in Love Valley.

Love Valley

Small, unique town with a Christian cowboy community chartered in 1963 in the Brushy Mountains. Founder Andy Barker wanted to create a real-life cowboy town in North Carolina. Automobiles are not allowed inside the downtown area; people still use horses and horse-drawn vehicles to travel downtown. Town rules are posted next to the town welcome sign.

[Jody High, 06/09/2016]

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