The Visit Hickory Metro team encourages visitors and locals to explore the Hickory Metro region carefully and safely. The state of North Carolina has lifted all mass gathering limits at this time but encourages individuals to still practice the three W's - Wear, Wait, Wash. People who are fully vaccinated can do all of the things that they did before the pandemic. Those unvaccinated, should still wear a mask in public indoor settings & public outdoor settings when they cannot maintain social distance. To learn more about what our area is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 click below. 

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Bruce Meisner Park- City of Hickory


Bruce Meisner Park encompasses 73 acres at the intersection of N.C. 127 and Cloninger Mill Road. The unique property contains almost a half mile of Falling Creek and provides views to Lake Hickory. In the early planning stages, the park was intended to occupy only 63 acres, with 10 acres reserved for commercial development. In 2015, North Carolina Outward Bound came to the City with an exciting offer. Recognizing the value of this important open space for both conservation and recreation, Outward Bound offered to donate $900,000 to the City so the 10-acre commercial property could be reserved for park use. With the first phase of construction complete, current amenities at the park include a paved walking trail or promenade, a picnic shelter with restrooms, and outdoor grills. These amenities allow visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape and a wide variety of recreation activities in the park. Future amenities at the park may include playground equipment and additional nature trails with the potential for lake access. A timeframe has not yet been established for the full funding and construction of the park.