Old Oval (two photos) / by Dave Hileman

In Hillsborough NC there is a remnant  of one of NASCAR's first tracks, a nine-tenths dirt oval that opened in 1948 and closed 20 years later. Many of NASCAR's legends drove here, Weatherby, Roberts, Turner, Owens, Johnson, Petty among the ones who won races. Today the original grandstands are still visible, the track is a wide walking trail and the banked turns covered in trees. An association formed dedicated to maintaining the area and they have re-built the concession stand, ticket booth, starting platform, and fences. There are also three era race cars parked along the track. A nice place to walk with trails connecting to several others and along the Eno River.