The Mount Olive community supports two family parks, Westbrook Park and Nelson Street Park. The parks are maintained by the Friends of the Parks and the Town of Mount Olive. Kids World Playground, a gazebo, a walking trail and picnic shelters are located at Westbrook Park. Nelson Street Park has new playground equipment, basketball goals and picnic shelters. Both parks have restroom and snack bar facilities. There is a walking tour of the town’s Historic District, and Mount Olive is a designated stop on the Civil War Trails map. Nearby, nature lovers can enjoy Cliffs of the Neuse State Park which also sports an attractive camping ground. The Neuse River also has paddling trails. The Southern Wayne Country Club, located just outside of Mount Olive, has a beautiful 18-hole golf course as well as a family-friendly swimming pool.
The last full weekend in April the town of Mount Olive celebrates its agribusiness heritage with the award-winning North Carolina Pickle Festivals, one of the best-known festivals in the state. There’s the Tour de Pickle bike ride, the Cuke Patch 5K, the Pickle Packing Production Challenge, the Predict the Pickle Pass Through, Dill Pickle Popcorn and all sorts of Pickle Paraphernalia. Plus, Pickle Pete and Ollie Q. Cucumber say, “Ya’ll Come and visit our DILLightful event. You will RELISH your time spent at the festival.” Other nearby festivals in Wayne County include the Seven Springs Olde Timey Days, Goldsboro’s Pig in the Park and the Fremont Daffodil Festival. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base also hosts the Wings Over Wayne Air Show.
In Goldsboro, you will find the Paramount Theatre which hosts a variety of plays, musicals, recitals and music performances. In addition, you will find beaches, museums, historic sites, including our own David John Aaron Historical Museum, state parks, the capital city of Raleigh and mountains are within easy driving distance. North Carolina is home to several professional sports including the Carolina Panthers (NFL) and the Carolina Hurricanes (NHL). In addition, several minor league sporting leagues exist in Eastern North Carolina including baseball’s Carolina Mudcats, the Durham Bulls and the Wilmington Waves and the minor league soccer team, the Carolina RailHawks. Call 1-800-VISIT NC to receive visitor information for the entire state.