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Town of Elizabethtown ranked No. 210 in “Best Cities for Outdoor Lovers”

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By: Erin Smith

The town of Elizabethtown recently learned it has been ranked No. 210 out of 500 in Millennial Personal Finance’s “Best Cities for Outdoor Lovers” report.  The report uses data such as the number of available campsites, the number of parks, and outdoor reservations along with the population to determine the rankings, said Millennial Personal Finance’s David Chen.

“The rankings for this report were compiled by using licensed data and MPF’s unique scoring system. Over 5,000 U.S. cities and towns were evaluated on their outdoor friendliness. For each town and city, the exact number of campsites, outdoor reservations, and parks was summed together. That sum was divided by the respective city’s population to develop the MPF Outdoor Lover Index. A higher score meant a better ranking, and vice versa,” said Chen.

The town of Elizabethtown offers residents and visitors alike many options for recreation. The parks include: Leinwand Park, Tory Hole Park, Rufus Lloyd Park, Johnson Park, Brown’s Creek Bike Park and Nature Trail, and the Brown’s Landing at Lock and Dam No. 2. Park facilities can be rented at some locations by calling 910-862-2066. There are also bike paths throughout town that connect residents to various areas in town, sidewalks for walking and shopping and two proposed parks — Sally Slater Park and Greene’s Lake and Conservation Park. 

Some other North Carolina towns also joined Elizabethtown in the rankings. They are:

*town of Spruce Pine was ranked at no. 115;

*Franklin was ranked at no. 131;

*Wilkesboro was ranked No. 138;

*Canton was ranked no. 276;

*Williamston was ranked no. 277;

*town of Beaufort was ranked No. 283;

*Edenton was ranked no. 314;

*Windsor ranked at no. 420;

*Swannanoa was ranked no. 421;

*Fletcher was ranked no. 474, and

*Burgaw was ranked no. 499.

To read the full report, click here.