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The Top 10 Places to See Between Lake Hickory and Blowing Rock [infographic]

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Taking a road trip from Granite Falls and the Lake Hickory area to the northern town of Blowing Rock affords plenty of great views, as well as plenty of other things to see, do, and experience. In fact, if you visit Lenoir & the NC foothills, you’ll want to include many of these on your must-do list! Here are the top 10 places to see between Lake Hickory and Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

  • Granite Falls Brewing Company- This is what happens when you take a 117-year-old soda pop site and turn it into a 32,000-square-foot craft brewery! Check out the 220-seat tasting room, 38 taps, and gastropub food for an unforgettable experience.
  • Tri-County Motor Speedway- If you are visiting or driving through on a Friday evening, stop by for the weekly races on their 4/10-mile banked asphalt track.

The Top 10 Places to See Between Lake Hickory and Blowing Rock [infographic]

  • T. H. Broyhill Walking Park- Any road trip needs opportunities to get out and stretch your legs. This park offers a beautiful walking path, botanical gardens, nature sanctuary, restrooms, observation deck, and pavilion with 20 acres to experience.
  • Lenoir Greenway- With more than 9 miles of trails, you’ll be able to walk, hike, run, cycle, or ride your mountain bike in an amazing environment.
  • Sims BBQ- Located outside Granite Falls on a farm which has been in the family since 1861, they have been running this fabulous country BBQ for over 40 years now. Get lots of down-home food at a great price!
  • Fort Defiance- A little off the direct route between Lake Hickory and Blowing Rock, but well worth the detour. This historic plantation house was the home of Revolutionary War General William Lenoir.
  • Bolick Traditions Pottery- The Bolick family has been crafting beautiful, hand-made pottery for six generations. With locations in Lenoir and Blowing Rock, this place is definitely worth a visit!
  • Bo’s Family Entertainment- Family fun that you’ll all enjoy, be it the bowling, laser maze, laser tag, mini golf, or arcade. Consider the all-day pass to maximize your experience.
  • Lenoir Downtown Historic District- There are a ton of things to see and do in downtown Lenoir, North Carolina! You will have no problem finding a great meal, cultural splendors, and shopping opportunities.
  • Wilson Creek- Only a little bit out of your way, yet something you won’t want to miss is the Wilson Creek National Wild and Scenic River. It has more than 49 acres of wilderness and a 23.3-mile stream, making it a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.