For those craving exhilaration and natural beauty, look no further than Hickory, North Carolina, and its diverse and captivating Hickory Trail. Embark on an all-encompassing exploration through Hickory, where history, art, and the great outdoors converge harmoniously. This extensive network of trails, spanning numerous miles, serves as a gateway into the heart of Hickory’s finely crafted community.
The Hickory Trail meanders its way through the heart of Downtown Hickory, past captivating art installations, through Lenoir-Rhyne University’s beautiful college campus, and along the serene shoreline of Lake Hickory, shaded by graceful trees. The trail’s landscape transforms seamlessly, transitioning from old railroad paths to charming sidewalks and even enchanting lake-front riverwalks. Comprising a series of interconnected paths, the Hickory Trail ensures an immersive experience. This includes the City Walk, treating you to breathtaking panoramic views of bustling downtown, and the River Walk which takes you closer to the natural beauty Hickory offers. Pro-tip for visiting and if you’re looking to go a bit off-the-beaten-path. Take the Greenway trail from the River Walk to explore our network of mountain bike trails.
Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to prepare their bicycles and helmets before embarking on the trail. Cycling is wholeheartedly endorsed, and a fantastic way to soak in more sights in less time. With dedicated bike lanes stretching along the entirety of the trail, both cyclists and pedestrians can confidently explore while prioritizing safety.
As Hickory thrives and evolves, so do the opportunities for enjoyment and exploration, mirroring the dynamic growth of the Hickory Trail. The upcoming extensions to the trail will feature the OLLE Art Walk, the Historic Ridgeview Walk, and the Aviation Walk, which conveniently concludes at the Hickory Regional Airport, Hickory Aviation Museum, and the Hickory Crawdads Baseball Stadium. With an array of experiences along this single path and the anticipation of more to unfold, the Hickory Trail becomes a vibrant conduit bringing visitors into the heart of the flourishing creative culture that defines Hickory.