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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Ivey Arboretum at Sally Fox Park


Ivey Arboretum, formerly known as Carolina Park, is regarded as one of Hickory’s first true parks. In the 1870’s, the property possessed a mineral spring that was thought to have healing waters, which attracted both residents and tourists. Since then, the land has undergone several purchases and changes to reach its current state as the Ivey Arboretum at Sally M. Fox Park.