Hickory is located in Catawba County, North Carolina, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a small town (with a population of around 40,000) that’s situated between big cities Charlotte and Asheville, and it has plenty of Southern charm. Stop into the visitor’s center, and they’ll describe themselves as having “a history of craftsmanship. Hickory's past and future prospects have drawn to this place a people with an eye for detail and a hand for hard work, a passion for making something of themselves and of the future.” Read on for some of our favorite things to do in Hickory, North Carolina.
Baker’s Mountain Park
Nearby Baker’s Mountain Park has 6 miles of walkable trails across 189 acres of picturesque forest. There’s an observation platform for photo opportunities, spots for picnics, and plenty of North Carolina wildlife, all of which make this greenspace a great place to spend an afternoon in Hickory.
This man-made freshwater lake has been a popular attraction in Hickory and the surrounding area since its creation in 1927. It’s a popular spot for boating and fishing, and it’s a must-visit spot for visitors to the neighborhood.
Hickory Aviation Museum
The state that was first in flight gets a memorable monument in the Hickory Aviation Museum, an exploration of the state’s aerospace history and an exhibition of aircrafts. It’s located at Hickory Regional Airport.
Hickory Furniture Mart
North Carolina is famous for its furniture, and the whole state has a reputation for beautiful craftsmanship and one-of-a-kind pieces. Hickory Furniture Mart is the town’s go-to, one-stop shop for finding great pieces.
Hickory Motor Speedway
This short track in Catawba County is known as the "World's Most Famous Short Track,” and it touts itself as “The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars.” It’s a racing hub and the can’t-miss attraction for motorsport aficionados in the area.
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Have you ever visited Hickory, North Carolina? What’s your favorite small North Carolina town to visit for a long weekend or a fun stop on a road trip?