Hickory’s Deep Roots Run Deep in North Carolina Culture, Sports History

With a world-famous racing short track, professional and collegiate facilities and a great history and heritage, Hickory’s roots run deep in North Carolina sporting lore


Hickory, North Carolina

Hickory is conveniently located off Interstate 40, which connects Knoxville to the west with Raleigh to the east. If you’re flying in, Charlotte Douglas International Airport is around 42 miles away in Charlotte. 

Popular Activities

  • Immerse yourself in the interactive opportunities presented at the SALT Block, which encompasses
    an entire city block filled with Science, Arts & Literature Together. 

  • Downtown Hickory yields a fantastic community feel as you explore a bevy of local retail shops, locally owned restaurants and breweries, entertainment options,  theatrical pursuits and a newly renovated downtown and a new city walk. 

  • The best dinner, holiday and private chartered boat cruises in Catawba Valley can be found onboard one of the vessels at Lake Hickory Adventures. 

Get a Planner’s Perspective

Don’t just take our word for it, hear what these planners had to say.

Everybody loves it here, it’s beautiful. It (Lake Hickory) is the perfect size for a competition such as this one. It offers a variety of fishing experiences depending on how the anglers prefer to fish.”

Secret York, Co-founder of LBAA

Find Your Perfect Hickory Facility

Facility Spotlight

Hickory Metro Convention Center

Sports Covered: Multipurpose indoor

As one of the premier trade show and meeting locations in the Southeast, the Hickory Metro Convention Center features more than 76,000 square feet of meeting space, making it ideal for tournament planners looking to host fantastic indoor events. This facility has been the home to a variety of indoor sports including: Bull riding, soccer clinics, martial arts, wrestling, gymnastics, dance and more. The center hosted the XCEL Regional Gymnastics Competition in May 2019, which drew in more than 1,500 gymnasts and is slated to host the Camp for a Cause in November 2021.

Henry Fork Regional Recreation Park

Sports Covered: Canoeing, running, soccer

With eight soccer fields, an 8,000-square-foot picnic shelter, picnic tables and grills, an alpine tower ropes course, two playgrounds, a concession stand, walking trail, canoe launch and horseshoe pits, this multiuse park is ideal for soccer, lacrosse, rugby and other sports.

Lake Hickory (Catawba River)

Sports Covered: Boating, fishing, swimming

Take in the magisterial beauty of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains when you plan an outdoor tournament on Lake Hickory. Fishing tournaments are popular here during the summer months, when the lake has an abundance of largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie and channel catfish. Lake Hickory hosted a Lady Bass Anglers Association Pro Tour event in late March 2019 and an episode of “Fishing University” in 2018. The Lady Bass Anglers Association will be returning to Lake Hickory Spring 2021.

Rock Barn Country Club & Spa

Sports Covered: Golf, tennis

With a foundation tracing back to the early 19th century, this gorgeous country club has a storied history, one which grew to include golf in 1966 when it added The Rock Barn Club of Golf to its grounds. Today the club features two championship golf courses which have yielded praise from Golf Digest.

Catawba Meadows Park

Sports Covered: Baseball, disc golf, multipurpose indoor, softball

With the Catawba River Greenway serving as a border, this multipurpose park is an ideally located hotspot for tournament planners. The park features five lighted Little League baseball fields, four lighted youth and adult softball and baseball fields, a field house with concessions, a disc golf course with 18 holes, an umpires and coaches meeting room and much more.

What are you waiting for?

Let Sports Planning Guide help you plan the perfect event.

Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

Director of Sales & Marketing

Telephone: 828-322-1335