All you need to know about the community of Sparta, NC

Sparta is at the northwest side of North Carolina between two scenic routes – the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Historic Hwy 21 “Lakes to Florida.”

Read on to learn more about this community.

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What Sparta, NC, is known for

Sparta is a small town in the mountains of North Carolina. It’s known for being “miles away” from other cities in NC but also close enough to other towns when you need to get away for a short time. Sparta is located in the heart of Alleghany County, a county with nearly 11,155 residents.

Friendly people, relaxing atmosphere, and beautiful countryside is what you get when you live in this town. Rolling hills and farmland are prevalent in Sparta. The New River and the Blue Ridge Parkway offers outdoor fun for you and your family. Crouse Park is a local outdoor spot for community gatherings, too.

Things to do in Sparta, NC

There are lots of things to do in Sparta if you know where to look. Here are the highlights right in the middle of town:

Alleghany Historical Museum

Great place to drop by and learn more about the great people and history of Alleghany County.

Crouse Park

A good place to have group gatherings, plenty of room to spread out. Don’t miss the bluegrass music, too.


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Alleghany Jubilee

Pay for admission and dance your night away at this dance hall. Good for kids, too.

Other outdoor options:

If you want to do something outdoors, here are a few options:

  • Dusty Trails Outfitters. Book a canoeing, kayaking, tubing, camping, or fishing trip with this outfitter. This location is 26 minutes away from the heart of Sparta, NC.
  • New River Campground and Canoe. Tent and RV sites, cabins, tubing, kayaking, canoeing river trips down class 1, 2, and 3 rapids. Only 10 minutes away from Sparta.
  • New River State Park. A very popular place for camping, fishing, tubing, canoeing, and recreation. A bit of a drive at 30 minutes, but worth the drive.

Restaurants in Sparta, NC

Pines Restaurant of Sparta

A family restaurant with American staples like pancakes, fried seafood, and pie.


An Italian spot with pasta and pizza. Some say this is the best place to eat.

Muddy Creek Cafe & Music Hall

The large burgers and live music will keep you coming back for more.

Mis Arados

A sitdown with fajitas, tacos, and chips and salsa for the hungry resident or visitor.

Horizon Bistro

Downhome cooking with burgers, fries, wraps, and soup. Something for the whole family.

Kanpai Japanese Restaurant

Sit down or take out Japanese food.


Demographics of Sparta, NC

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,817 people living in Sparta, NC. Of that number, 825 are households and 441 are families. The median income for a family was $37,596.

Ninety-four percent of the population is white with the remaining population are Hispanic or Latino and African-American.

The population was among the town was:

  • 18.1% under the age of 18
  • 8.3% from 18 to 24
  • 24.3% from 25 to 44
  • 25.3% from 45 to 64
  • 24% who were 65 years of age or older

Why you want to move to Sparta, NC

The small town of Sparta is a friendly place for you and your family to live in. With outdoor adventure in your backyard and water excursions right around the corner on the New River, this makes a great place for new residents.

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Noteworthy businesses in Sparta, NC

Noteworthy businesses established in Sparta include:

History of Sparta, NC

James H. Parks was one of three businessman who donated land for the current city of Sparta. He recommended the name after the Greek city. His store stood in the same place as the current ABC store in town. The city was established in 1866.

Homes for sale in Sparta, NC

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