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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Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum


Our museum- the ONLY railroad museum in the south with a concentration of narrow gauge railroading- houses a collection of vintage railroad equipment that dates as far back as the era of Reconstruction, days when primitive iron rails endeavored to connect the cotton fields of lowland farms to the vast timber interests of the Appalachians. This collection includes boxcars, log cars, passenger cars, cabooses, and a steam locomotive. We have the largest collection of vintage narrow gauge equipment in the south. Additionally, we operate several model railroads of N, HO, and O scale in our dedicated model railroad center. At the center of our 4-acre campus is an authentic Southern Railway depot, built in 1924. The depot houses our indoor museum, offices, and rental facilities.