HickoryHickory is a city in the foothills of North Carolina. Hickory is something of a regional shopping hub and a significant center for furniture manufacturing. As a result, it's an excellent place for buying furniture.
address: Highway 321, at 3101 9th Avenue Drive NWAn airport for private aviation. It is not served by any commercial airline.
The closest commercial service airports are Charlotte (CLT) and Greensboro (GSO). Hickory Hop offers shuttle service from Charlotte Airport.
- I-40 - Exit 125 or 126 will take you to the commercial district for shopping and most chain restaurants.
- US-321 - Intersects with I-40 at mile marker 123.
- US-70 - Runs nearly parallel with I-40 East-West through town. Most shopping, restaurants, and hotels are along the US-70 corridor.
- NC-127 - Divides the town roughly between East and West. Head north until 127 ends to find US-64.
Greyhound buses offer direct service from several major North Carolina cities: Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Asheville; connections are available to numerous other destinations. The buses stop at the at 3361 Hwy 70 SE in Newton. This is quite a ways outside of town, so you'll need to either have someone pick you up, call a taxi or rideshare, or take a local bus into town.
By trainHickory no longer has passenger rail service. The nearest Amtrak stations are in Charlotte and Salisbury.
By carDriving in Hickory is quite easy, although the remaining one-way streets and eclectic street naming conventions can be somewhat bewildering. If you get lost, just ask a local and say you're from out of town. They'll refrain from an age-old Hickory tradition of giving directions based on where things "used to be".
The main thoroughfares in Hickory are Interstate 40, U.S. 70, and U.S. 321.
By busGreenway bus service is available in and around Hickory. Buses run Monday–Friday early morning to late afternoon and Saturday with a more limited schedule. The fare is $1.25 per ride, with one free transfer. $3 for a one-day pass. Children under 5 are free.
Hickory Museum of ArtAlthough American art was almost unrecognized outside of New York and Philadelphia in 1943, the North Carolina city of Hickory set out to establish a museum of American art. Located on Hickory, NC’s SALT Block (Sciences, Art, Literature Together), Hickory took the lead in the Southeast as being the first city to establish a museum of American art. Among the artists represented in the HMA collection are names such as Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, J. Fredrick Kensett, William Merritt Chase, Worthington Whittredge, F. Ballard Williams, Eanger Irving Couse, Elliot Daingerfield, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Hobart Nichols, Albert T. Bricher, Edward Potthast, and many others. Closed Mondays. Free admission.
phone: +1 828 322-8169address: 243 Third Avenue NEExplore the Physical and Natural Sciences. Interesting traveling exhibits rotate throughout the year. It has a planetarium and aquaria with touch tanks where you an touch creatures such as live sharks and rays. Located on Hickory, NC’s SALT Block (Sciences, Art, Literature Together), in the Arts & Science Center of Catawba Valley, CSC also provides a variety of educational movies (in their digital planetarium and fun programming for school groups, children, families, adults, homeschoolers, preschoolers, scouts and other community groups. The Science Emporium gift shop stocks educational toys and gifts that enhance the museum experience.
Hickory Motor SpeedwayNASCAR short track. It is the oldest professional sporting venue in Catawba County, and the oldest continually operating motor speedway in the country with over 53 seasons. Three fully equipped concession stands, a souvenir stand, six large restroom areas, and three enclosed air-conditioned hospitality suites. Also contains a game room, and kids' fenced-in play area with a climbing gym & swings, and RV parking is available.
Hickory Crawdads Minor League BaseballAs American as, well, baseball! Always good fun, and the Crawdads usually win, too! Try the Crawdad Red Ale at the Crawdad Cafe. (Take I-40 to exit 123 North (Hwy 321 Lenoir/Airport). Travel to fifth stoplight and turn left onto Clement Blv., NW. L.P. Frans Stadium is 1/2 mile up to the right). $6-12.
phone: +1 828 459-1125address: 3791 Clubhouse DriveTwo challenging golf courses, a spa, restaurants, and lodging.
address: 2000 Catawba Valley Blvd SEFirst-run movies.
phone: +1 828 322-7210address: 222 1st Ave NWDowntown with two screens and daily $3 showings. A local favorite with ultra-affordable concessions and reclining seats with cupholders. Located in a seemingly ancient theater (built in 1934) downtown near the Wachovia building.
phone: +1 828 437-4640address: 101 S. Green Street, MorgantonExcellent first-run theatre in downtown Morganton. Less hectic than Hickory's movie theaters with friendlier people and cheaper concessions.
Take I-85S to US-321N for excellent furniture shopping at a host of furniture outlets as well as:
phone: +1 800 462-6278address: 2220 Hwy 70 SEHuge.
MallsHickory has two malls next to each other off US Highway 70 SE.
phone: +1 828 328-2436address: 1960 Highway 70 SERegional center for shopping. Dillard's, Belk, JC Penney, Sears. Gap, Limited, Lerner, Ambercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Aeropostale, Bath and Body Works, etc.
Hickory Ridge Shopping Centeraddress: Catawba Valley BoulevardTarget, Best Buy, Hallmark, Marshalls, Kohl's, Old Navy, AC Moore Crafts, Babies R Us, Pier 1 Imports.
McGuire's Pubaddress: 46 3rd St NWDaily food and beer specials. Excellent array of interesting sandwiches. Booths offer excellent privacy in a relaxed atmosphere. Best onion rings in town and the home fries are to die for. The Fitzgerald sandwich is especially good. Stay away if you're truly pressed for time.
phone: +1 828 267-1300address: 2960 N Center StEclectic sandwiches with a more casual and sophisticated air. Sandwiches, mostly. Try the Gouda Delite. Open for breakfast. Lattes and coffee drinks available.
phone: +1 828-328-6479address: 246 14th Ave NEOn the backstreets of Hickory near Hickory High School and the Bank of Granite Building is Backstreets. A little pricey but has an excellent selection of beer and some great food options. Good lighting and a relaxed atmosphere. Daily specials.
phone: +1 828 322-1965address: 222 Union SquareThe restaurant front for Olde Hickory Brewery offers seasonal ales and beers as well as the local favorites OHB is known for. The food and service here is "just" pretty good, but everyone keeps coming back for more. Must be the beer! Try the dessert special. A limited menu is offered late into the night.
phone: +1 828 323-8753address: 2828 US Hwy 70 SWAlso owned by Olde Hickory Brewery. Food and service are on par with the Olde Hickory Taproom. Has giant beer barrels that you can eat in.
J Thaiphone: +1 828 256-9808address: 2352 Springs Rd NEBest Thai in town and the least expensive. Looks a little run-down on the outside, but nice once you're inside. In a small shopping center on Springs Road.
Thai Orchidaddress: 1822 Catawba Valley Blvd SEGood Thai. Very easy to find.
phone: +1 828-327-6636address: 1832 Catawba Valley Boulevard SEBest pizza in town. Very easy to find.
phone: +1 828 328-1688address: 2043 Catawba Valley Blvd SELocated in southeast corner of the Valley Hills Mall parking lot, off of Highway 70. Asian bistro with Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and sushi. Very good food with good service.
phone: +1 828-322-2699address: 2982 N Center StreetShrimp specials on Wednesdays, and oyster specials on Thursdays. Seafood, steak, appetizers, and sandwiches.
Given Hickory's German heritage and heavy Lutheran influences, it's no surprise that beer is easy to find and fun to ingest among friends in Hickory: see McGuire's Pub, Backstreets, Olde Hickory Taproom, and Hickory Tavern above.
Hotels are mostly clustered in an area near the Hickory Metro Convention Center (1960 13th Av Drive SE) and the malls.
phone: +1 828-267-2100address: 1946 13th Avenue Drive SE
phone: +1 828-624-2000address: 1956 13th Avenue Drive SE
phone: +1-828-327-1000address: 1320 17th Street Drive SE
phone: +1 828-323-1000address: 1385 Lenoir Rhyne Blvd SE
phone: +1 828 3282081address: 2250 US Highway 70 SE
phone: +1 828-270-7580address: 1120 13th Avenue Dr SE
phone: +1 520 257-3136address: 1179 13th Ave. Dr. SE
phone: +1 828-431-3000address: 1950 13th Avenue Drive SE
Avoid the intersection of Highway 70 and Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard at rush hour.
- Emergencies: 911
- Hickory Police. +1 828-328-5551 (Non-emergency).
address: 375 3rd St NEExcellent library with comfy chairs and plenty of books and periodicals. Internet access available for a fee.
The area code is 828.
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- Blue Ridge Parkway. Junction is just north of Blowing Rock. US-321N.
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