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Lake Hickory

Welcome to Lake Hickory

Enjoy a lakefront lifestyle with easily accessible local amenities
Just north of Hickory lies Lake Hickory, a manufactured reservoir on the Catawba River. This peaceful area is a favorite among locals thanks to its beauty, charm, and proximity to distinctive restaurants, boutique shopping, and breweries. The highly-rated school district and private school options draw families to the area.

The lake makes up 4,200 acres with a shoreline spanning 105 miles — six marinas and 16 boat launches are available for use. Ample opportunities to swim, sail, ski, fish, or take in the mesmerizing nature of the clear water are available throughout the year, making it one of North Carolina's most desired areas.

What to Love

  • Incredible assortment of outdoor water activities
  • Sophisticated dining, shopping, and cultural events
  • Friendly, approachable community hosts seasonal events throughout the year
  • Upscale amenities such as boating, golf, and tennis
  • Access to downtown Hickory for parks, recreation, shopping, and dining

Local Lifestyle

The lifestyle at Lake Hickory is peaceful and calm. Residents take advantage of the numerous outdoor activities available on the lake, such as boating, fishing, skiing, and more. The clear water and beautiful scenery make it easy to sit on your deck, enjoy a cup of coffee, and soak in the wonders of nature.

The proximity of Lake Hickory to downtown Hickory makes for incredible opportunities to experience a culinary feast, discover the perfect hostess gift, or sample the latest seasonal brew at one of the local alehouses. The extensive parks system allows residents to roam the Riverwalk at Geitner Park, a winding path with access to the lake, local restaurants, and shopping. Bring a friend or take your dog out for a relaxing walk along these paved walking trails.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

When looking for an excellent option for lunch or dinner, check out the Copper Penny Grill. Their unsurpassed customer service and extensive menu of salads, sandwiches, appetizers, and more ensure your family and friends will find something delicious to savor.

Before heading out to Lake Hickory for your next water adventure, join the SandBar Marina & Grill. This members-only establishment provides convenient access to Lake Hickory and serves delicious seafood baskets, tasty shareable plates, and a private bar. Experience an on-water adventure by booking a dinner cruise with Lake Hickory Adventures for spectacular views of Lake Hickory. Both public and private cruises are available with food, drinks, and music.

Enhance your exclusive lifestyle by joining the Lake Hickory Country Club. This private, members-only club provides exceptional opportunities to improve your golf or tennis game, experience fine dining, and engage in enjoyable social events.

Things to Do

You will surely get into the Christmas spirit at the annual Lake Hickory Christmas Boat Parade. The evening begins with caroling at Lakeside Marina, and then the boats process through Lake Hickory. Numerous spots along the lake provide an excellent view of the festivities.

Cap off a fun day celebrating our nation's birth at the Lake Hickory Fireworks on the Fourth of July. This annual display lights up the sky and makes for remarkable water reflections. Sponsored by Hickory Cove, the annual Lumberjack Weekend focuses on boys and men of all ages. Adventures abound during this fun-filled weekend for guys.

Two amazing parks at Hickory Lake – Hickory City Park and Geitner Park – are easily accessible from Lake Hickory. Both feature paved bikeways and access to the Lake Hickory Trails, including nature and mountain bike trails for riders of all levels.


Lake Hickory is known for its above-average public schools providing education to residents of Catawba Country. There are also private schools in the area.

  • Hickory Day School, K-8, accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organization's Primary Years Program 
  • Hickory Christian Academy, PK-12, accredited by the Association of Classical Christian Schools



Overview for Lake Hickory, NC

42,831 people live in Lake Hickory, where the median age is 38.3 and the average individual income is $32,745. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Lake Hickory, NC

Lake Hickory has 17,363 households, with an average household size of 2.38. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Lake Hickory do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 42,831 people call Lake Hickory home. The population density is 1,392.18 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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