The Dale Trail in Kannapolis, NC

The Dale Trail

Take The Family Around The Dale Trail

Kannapolis, North Carolina, is the birthplace of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt and the home of the Dale Trail. The Dale Trail is a tour of Kannapolis landmarks that relate to Earnhardt’s life and NASCAR career.

The trail starts at Dale Earnhardt Boulevard, a street named for Earnhardt, and continues to the neighborhood where he grew up. Called Car Town, the neighborhood points out spots where Earnhardt learned to drive. Here you can learn about how Dale Earnhardt got his start in racing and how he was influenced by his father, Ralph Earnhardt, also a racing legend.

The Dale Trail takes you past Ralph Earnhardt’s gravestone in the Centergrove Lutheran Cemetery and the garage where Ralph learned to fix cars. Then you’ll go to Dale Earnhardt Plaza in downtown Kannapolis, where a massive statue of Dale Earnhardt stands next to a monument on which Dale fans wrote inscriptions.

The Curb Motorsports Museum and Dale Earnhardt Inc. are both a dream come true for NASCAR fans and packed with exhibits and memorabilia. If you’re still looking for more after all these stops, drive north to Richard Childress Racing for even more Earnhardt exhibits and a look into the shop for Dale’s team and car.

A visit to Kannapolis is a must for any Earnhardt or NASCAR fan! And for some extra fun, come to the Dale’s dealership, Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, in Newton, NC. We have Earnhardt trivia on out site, as well!

Take a Trip on The Dale Trail

The Dale Trail

Dale Trail Ridge

Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet is especially interested in Dale Earnhardt. We think that he is fantastic, and are proud of serving the area around The Dale Trail, which goes through Dale Earnhardt’s hometown and stops at landmarks which relate to his life and NASCAR career.

The tour begins along Dale Earnhardt Blvd, in Kannapolis, North Carolina, which was named in 1992. On this street is the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Visitor Center where people can pick up a collectible brochure and map of The Dale Trail.

Once on the trail, you will visit the Car Town neighborhood where Dale grew up and used to race his bike. You will also see where he cruised in his yellow ’56 Chevrolet as a teenager. During these stops, you will learn about how Dale gained his love for racing by watching his dad (Ralph Earnhardt) build race cars.

The trail also passes by Ralph Earnhardt’s grave, with a race car engraved on it. Highway 29 – known as the “Flying Mile” can be seen where the mechanics tested the cars that they worked on.

In addition to Dale Earnhardt’s childhood landmarks, there is the Dale Earnhardt Plaza in downtown Kannapolis and the Curb Motorsports Museum which displays NASCAR history.

There are many more stops along the way, and we at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet hope that you spend some time exploring Dale Earnhardt’s history. This trail is the first motorsports heritage trail in the country, and if you need a car to travel the trail, be sure to stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.