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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Valdese Lakeside Park


Valdese Lakeside Park is a 300-acre parcel of land that follows McGalliard Creek & Lake Rhodhiss and is located approximately 3.7 miles from Downtown. Plans for developing the parcel are underway and the overall goal is to create an outdoor tourism attraction that will include; Welcome Area, Parking Area, Restrooms, Large Shelter, Picnic Tables, Outdoor Fitness, Crushed Stone Trails, Pump Track, Mountain Bike Trails, Canoe/Kayak Launch & Pier, Dog Park, and Playground. There are also plans to connect McGalliard Falls Park and Lakeside Park with a suspension bridge over McGalliard Creek. There are 4-5 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, you can fish from the bank, picnic at the tables, launch a canoe or kayak from the shore and enjoy the views. Please follow our progress on