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Lake-Hickory is located in the foothills of the Brushy Mountains in Alexander County, near the town of Taylorsville in North Carolina's Heartland. Lake Hickory is approximately one hour from the city of Charlotte. Swimming, fishing, boating, jet skiing and water skiing are all available on Lake Hickory, with hiking, biking, golf and sightseeing opportunities available in the surrounding area. The rolling hills of the countryside are dotted with apple trees, peaceful farms and gardens. Alexander County is known for its' apples, so if you're visiting during fall harvest, be sure and visit one of the local orchards and take home a basket full of them. Points of special interest near Lake Hickory include Rocky Face Mountain (a great place to hike with awesome views from the summit,) the Alexander Railroad Company's "June Bug," which is a locally owned and operated, short-line railroad, and the Old Jail Museum and Matheson Park in Taylorsville. The village of Taylorsville is also home to a weekly farmer's market in the summer and an annual Apple Festival in October. The Brushy Mountain Motor Sports Park is also located near Lake Hickory, consisting of more than 1,700 acres, including 40 acres for off-road vehicles. Gem mining for emeralds, sapphires, garnets and other precious stones and gems can be found at the nearby Hiddenite Gem Emerald Hollow Mines.

Surrounding areas: Lenoir, North Carolina (23.3 mi), Lake Norman, North Carolina (24.2 mi), Pilot Mountain, North Carolina (26.0 mi), Morganton, North Carolina (27.9 mi), Wilkesboro, North Carolina (28.7 mi), Mountain Island Lake, North Carolina (29.7 mi), Deep Gap, North Carolina (37.0 mi)

Lake Hickory Vacation Rentals

Lake Hickory Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites104 10TH St NWConover, NC1.7 mi.(828) 465-7070
Super 8 Motel-claremont3054 N Oxford StClaremont, NC2.0 mi.(828) 459-7777
Days Inn1710 Fairgrove Church RdConover, NC4.7 mi.(828) 465-2378
Ramada Inn1607 Fairgrove Church RdConover, NC4.7 mi.(828) 465-1100
Holiday Inn Select1385 Lenoir Rhyne BlvdHickory, NC7.1 mi.(828) 323-1000
Red Roof Inn1184 Lenoir Rhyne BlvdHickory, NC7.1 mi.(828) 323-1500
Comfort Suites1125 13TH Ave Dr SeHickory, NC8.6 mi.(828) 323-1211
Courtyard By Marriott Hickory1946 13th Ave Dr SeHickory, NC8.6 mi.(800) 321-2211
Fairfield Inn1950 13th Ave Dr SEHickory, NC8.6 mi.(828) 431-3000
Hampton Inn1520 13TH Ave Dr SEHickory, NC8.6 mi.(828) 323-1150
Holiday Inn Express2250 Us Hwy 70 SEHickory, NC8.6 mi.(828) 328-2081
Howard Johnson Inn483 Hwy 70 SWHickory, NC8.6 mi.(828) 322-1600
Jameson Inn - Hickory1120 13th Ave Dr SeHickory, NC8.6 mi.(828) 758-1200
Park Inn Gateway Conference Center909 Hwy 70 SWHickory, NC8.6 mi.(828) 328-5101
Quality Inn & Suites1725 13TH Ave Dr NWHickory, NC8.6 mi.(828) 431-2100
Sleep Inn1179 13th Ave Dr SEHickory, NC8.6 mi.(828) 323-1140
Icard InnIcard, NC15.9 mi.(704) 397-5573
Cline's In-town Motel1323 W Front StStatesville, NC16.0 mi.(704) 872-2748
Baymont Inn & Suites1214 Greenland DrStatesville, NC17.2 mi.(704) 873-2044
Hampton Inn Statesville NC1508 Cinema DrStatesville, NC17.2 mi.(704) 883-8380
Holiday Inn Statesville I-771215 E Garner Bagnal BlvdStatesville, NC17.2 mi.(704) 878-9691
Microtel Inn & Suites109 Landson DrStatesville, NC17.2 mi.(704) 881-0353
Super 8 Motel1125 Greenland DrStatesville, NC17.2 mi.(800) 800-8000
Comfort Inn1550 E Main StLincolnton, NC17.8 mi.(704) 732-0011
Days Inn Of Statesville703 Gaither RdStatesville, NC18.0 mi.(704) 872-9891
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites740 Sullivan RdStatesville, NC18.2 mi.(704) 872-4101
Quality Inn715 Sullivan RdStatesville, NC18.2 mi.(704) 878-2721
Travelodge725 Sullivan RdStatesville, NC18.2 mi.(704) 873-5236
Days Inn614 Clark DrLincolnton, NC18.3 mi.(704) 735-8271
Americas Best Value Inn1023 Salisbury RdStatesville, NC18.3 mi.(704) 872-5215
Sleep Inn125 Turnersburg HwyStatesville, NC18.3 mi.(704) 878-2400
Howard Johnson Lodge1209 Monroe StStatesville, NC18.4 mi.(704) 878-9691
Red Roof Inn #1131508 E Broad StStatesville, NC18.6 mi.(704) 878-2051
Fairfield Inn1505 E Broad StStatesville, NC18.7 mi.(704) 878-2091
Super 8 Motel124 Regency DrMooresville, NC20.1 mi.(704) 662-6188
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites130 Norman Station BlvdMooresville, NC20.9 mi.(704) 662-6900
Ramada Limited138 Norman Station RdMooresville, NC21.0 mi.(704) 664-6556
Cliff Dwellers Inn116 Lakeview TerBlowing Rock, NC21.5 mi.(828) 295-3121
The Jameson Inn350 Wilkesboro BlvdLenoir, NC22.5 mi.(828) 758-1200
Ramada LTD142 Wilkesboro Blvd SeLenoir, NC22.6 mi.(828) 758-4403
Bed & Breakfast
Spring Run Bed & Breakfast24 SPG Run LK NormanMooresville, NC23.5 mi.(704) 664-6686

Lake Hickory Weather & Climate

North Carolina's Heartland has a moderate, four-season climate. The single most important factor in the state that influences weather is altitude. The Heartland is partially protected by the western mountain ranges from the cold air that moves across the central States. The temperature drops to 10 to 12 degrees about once during an average winter over central North Carolina. Extreme cold temperatures are rare outside the mountains. The warmest days are found in the interior rather than near the coast. Autumn is the driest season and the season of most rapidly changing temperature. There is no distinct wet or dry season in the state, although July is usually the wettest month. North Carolina is outside the principal tornado area of the U.S., but still averages two or three per year. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to influence the weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 29°F 4.04 in. 49°F
February 53°F 31°F 3.81 in. 46°F
March 61°F 38°F 4.70 in. 52°F
April 70°F 46°F 3.61 in. 59°F
May 77°F 55°F 4.34 in. 68°F
June 84°F 63°F 4.42 in. 73°F
July 87°F 67°F 4.14 in. 77°F
August 86°F 66°F 3.60 in. 80°F
September 79°F 59°F 4.26 in. 76°F
October 70°F 47°F 3.23 in. 70°F
November 60°F 39°F 3.44 in. 58°F
December 51°F 31°F 3.48 in. 55°F

Lake Hickory Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Charlotte Douglas International airport (CLT) located about 38 miles south of Lake Hickory in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Shelby Municipal airport (EHO) located approximately 40 miles southwest of Lake Hickory in Shelby, North Carolina, the Smith Reynolds airport (INT) located roughly 60 miles east of Lake Hickory in Winston - Salem, North Carolina, and finally the Piedmont Triad International airport (GSO) located around 74 miles east of Lake Hickory in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Lake Hickory Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC39.9 mi.
JeepersConcordNC40.9 mi.
Wet 'n Wild Emerald PointeGreensboroNC81.6 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC47.8 mi.
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC81.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Rock Barn Club of GolfConoverNC2.5 mi.
DT GolfNewtonNC5.3 mi.
Glen Oaks Country ClubMaidenNC11.2 mi.
Brushy Mountain Country ClubTaylorsvilleNC13.1 mi.
Granada Farms Country ClubGranite FallsNC14.1 mi.
Orchard Hills Golf CourseGranite FallsNC14.1 mi.
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country ClubDenverNC16.5 mi.
Fox Den Country ClubStatesvilleNC17.6 mi.
Lakewood Golf ClubStatesvilleNC17.6 mi.
North Carolina National Golf ClubStatesvilleNC17.6 mi.
Twin Oaks Golf ClubStatesvilleNC17.6 mi.
Lincoln Country ClubLincolntonNC18.8 mi.
Westport Golf CourseDenverNC19.6 mi.
Twin Oaks Golf CourseJamestownNC20.6 mi.
Country Acres Golf ClubLenoirNC22.8 mi.
Lenoir Golf CourseLenoirNC22.8 mi.
Briarcreek Golf ClubHigh ShoalsNC22.9 mi.
Mallard Head Country ClubMooresvilleNC23.7 mi.
Mooresville Golf CourseMooresvilleNC23.7 mi.
White Oak Par 3AlexisNC24.0 mi.
Cherryville Country ClubCherryvilleNC27.0 mi.
Silver Creek PlantationMorgantonNC27.6 mi.
Magnolia Golf ClubMagnoliaNC28.1 mi.
Rock Creek Country ClubNorth WilkesboroNC29.0 mi.
Quaker Meadows Golf ClubMorgantonNC29.3 mi.
Birkdale Golf ClubHuntersvilleNC29.6 mi.
Pine Grove Golf ClubShelbyNC29.6 mi.
Skybrook Golf ClubHuntersvilleNC29.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC46.7 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC48.5 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC48.5 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC76.6 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC108.3 mi.
State Parks
Duke Powder State ParkNC14.8 mi. 
Rendezvous Mountain State ParkNC34.2 mi. 
Crowders Mountain State ParkNC36.4 mi. 
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC8.6 mi.(Art)
Historic Latta PlantationHuntersvilleNC29.5 mi.(History)
Schiele Museum of Natural HistoryGastoniaNC32.5 mi.(Science)
LightfactoryCharlotteNC39.9 mi.(Art)
Mint Musuem of ArtCharlotteNC39.9 mi.(Art)
DoorsAdvanceNC46.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC77.1 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC77.2 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC91.2 mi.
Riverbanks Zoological Park and Botanical GardenColumbiaSC119.9 mi.

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