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Valley Hills Mall in Hickory is a center for retail business in the area.
Moretz Mills is one of several revived mills in the area now repurposed for retail. It also houses popular restaurants.
Hollar Mill is another popular multi-retail location that was once a factory building. Now, it houses a brewery, event space and more.
Downtown Newton, in Catawba County west of Hickory, has a small but thriving downtown area with many local businesses.
Just off the main square in Hickory, small art shops thrive.
Union Square in Hickory is home to Olde Hickory Tap Room, where local brews are poured.
The Station, a restaurant and bar, fills the building that was once a train station in the heart of downtown Hickory.
Strip malls are scattered around Hickory, including the Belle Hollow Shopping Center with a Lowes Foods store.
Local coffee shop Tasteful Beans in Hickory is a popular spot for breakfast.
A once-abandoned arcade between Union Square in Hickory and a back street is now filled with life.
A young professional works from Tasteful Beans coffee shop in Hickory.
The owner of C&C Trading Co. in Hickory flips through her merchandise.
Women browse at Carolina Crafted in Hickory.
A mother and her children cross the street in downtown Hickory.
A man enjoys a beer at Crescent Moon Cafe, a popular spot for craft beer in Hickory.
People taste beer at 100 Main restaurant in Valdese, near Morganton.
Gardeners tend to a bed at the Lenoir Unity Park and Community Gardens. 
A retiree plays pickleball at Lenoir’s Mulberry Recreation Center.
A cyclist climbs up stairs near Lenoir.
Volunteers pick up trash on a future extension of the greenway in Lenoir.
Summer festivals draw crowds to the region.
Cyclists gear up for a race in Lenoir.
Plow Day is an annual festival in Lenoir.
The SALT Block in Hickory has a science center, art museum, arts council, symphony, library and choral society.
Lowes Foods City Park in downtown Hickory is a colorful, kid-friendly addition to the city.
The historic Carolina Theater in downtown Hickory shows discount and second-run movies.
A mural in downtown Hickory showcases the
Craft beer is always on tap at local bars, like 100 Main in Valdese.
A festival in Lenoir brings children and adults together.
Single-family homes near downtown Hickory.
Apartment buildings.
A home in Lenoir.
The area has a significant amount of historic homes like these in Hickory.
Many have worked to preserve historic homes like this one in Hickory.
Viewmont Square Court senior housing in Hickory.
Townhomes.
A home in Lenoir.
A home in Hickory.
Colorful townhomes are mixed in a neighborhood in Hickory.
Lenoir’s downtown is marked by a tall sculpture called “Across the Grain.”
The Morganton Greenway runs along the Catawba River.
Lake Hickory Trails run along the Catawba River.
Music plays a big role in the local culture.
Union Square in Hickory is gathering space in the heart of Hickory. Over the summer the city hosts events here.
Union Square has outdoor seating for restaurants and bars.
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The Linville Gorge Wilderness in Burke County is one of the most popular hiking spots in the area.
Mountains abound in the north areas of Burke County.
Hawksbill Mountain.
Table Rock is an icon in the area.
Snowfall on the Morganton Greenway along the Catawba River.
Upper Creek is filled with hiking trails leading to sweeping views.
Interstate 40 is the main road through Hickory and Morganton.
U.S. 70 goes between Hickory and Morganton.
Cars are the main form of transportation in the area.
Greenways in the area, like the Morganton Greenway, provide some walkability within each city.
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Valley Hills Mall in Hickory is a center for retail business in the area. – Virginia Annable

Moretz Mills is one of several revived mills in the area now repurposed for retail. It also houses popular restaurants. – Virginia Annable

Hollar Mill is another popular multi-retail location that was once a factory building. Now, it houses a brewery, event space and more. – Virginia Annable

Downtown Newton, in Catawba County west of Hickory, has a small but thriving downtown area with many local businesses. – Virginia Annable

Just off the main square in Hickory, small art shops thrive. – Virginia Annable

Union Square in Hickory is home to Olde Hickory Tap Room, where local brews are poured. – Virginia Annable

The Station, a restaurant and bar, fills the building that was once a train station in the heart of downtown Hickory. – Virginia Annable

Strip malls are scattered around Hickory, including the Belle Hollow Shopping Center with a Lowes Foods store. – Virginia Annable

Local coffee shop Tasteful Beans in Hickory is a popular spot for breakfast. – Virginia Annable

A once-abandoned arcade between Union Square in Hickory and a back street is now filled with life. – Virginia Annable

A young professional works from Tasteful Beans coffee shop in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

The owner of C&C Trading Co. in Hickory flips through her merchandise. – Virginia Annable

Women browse at Carolina Crafted in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

A mother and her children cross the street in downtown Hickory. – Virginia Annable

A man enjoys a beer at Crescent Moon Cafe, a popular spot for craft beer in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

People taste beer at 100 Main restaurant in Valdese, near Morganton. – Virginia Annable

Gardeners tend to a bed at the Lenoir Unity Park and Community Gardens.  – Virginia Annable

A retiree plays pickleball at Lenoir’s Mulberry Recreation Center. – Virginia Annable

A cyclist climbs up stairs near Lenoir. – Virginia Annable

Volunteers pick up trash on a future extension of the greenway in Lenoir. – Virginia Annable

Summer festivals draw crowds to the region. – Virginia Annable

Cyclists gear up for a race in Lenoir. – Virginia Annable

Plow Day is an annual festival in Lenoir. – Virginia Annable

The SALT Block in Hickory has a science center, art museum, arts council, symphony, library and choral society. – Virginia Annable

Lowes Foods City Park in downtown Hickory is a colorful, kid-friendly addition to the city. – Virginia Annable

The historic Carolina Theater in downtown Hickory shows discount and second-run movies. – Virginia Annable

A mural in downtown Hickory showcases the "Miracle of Hickory," when the town banded together to face the polio crisis in the 1940s. – Virginia Annable

Craft beer is always on tap at local bars, like 100 Main in Valdese. – Virginia Annable

A festival in Lenoir brings children and adults together. – Virginia Annable

Single-family homes near downtown Hickory. – Virginia Annable

Apartment buildings. – Virginia Annable

A home in Lenoir. – Virginia Annable

The area has a significant amount of historic homes like these in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

Many have worked to preserve historic homes like this one in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

Viewmont Square Court senior housing in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

Townhomes. – Virginia Annable

A home in Lenoir. – Virginia Annable

A home in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

Colorful townhomes are mixed in a neighborhood in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

Lenoir’s downtown is marked by a tall sculpture called “Across the Grain.” – Virginia Annable

The Morganton Greenway runs along the Catawba River. – Virginia Annable

Lake Hickory Trails run along the Catawba River. – Virginia Annable

Music plays a big role in the local culture. – Virginia Annable

Union Square in Hickory is gathering space in the heart of Hickory. Over the summer the city hosts events here. – Virginia Annable

Union Square has outdoor seating for restaurants and bars. – Virginia Annable

A "Welcome to Hickory" mural brightens downtown. – Virginia Annable

The Linville Gorge Wilderness in Burke County is one of the most popular hiking spots in the area. – Virginia Annable

Mountains abound in the north areas of Burke County. – Virginia Annable

Hawksbill Mountain. – Virginia Annable

Table Rock is an icon in the area. – Virginia Annable

Snowfall on the Morganton Greenway along the Catawba River. – Virginia Annable

Upper Creek is filled with hiking trails leading to sweeping views. – Virginia Annable

Interstate 40 is the main road through Hickory and Morganton. – Virginia Annable

U.S. 70 goes between Hickory and Morganton. – Virginia Annable

Cars are the main form of transportation in the area. – Virginia Annable

Greenways in the area, like the Morganton Greenway, provide some walkability within each city. – Virginia Annable

Valley Hills Mall in Hickory is a center for retail business in the area.
Moretz Mills is one of several revived mills in the area now repurposed for retail. It also houses popular restaurants.
Hollar Mill is another popular multi-retail location that was once a factory building. Now, it houses a brewery, event space and more.
Downtown Newton, in Catawba County west of Hickory, has a small but thriving downtown area with many local businesses.
Just off the main square in Hickory, small art shops thrive.
Union Square in Hickory is home to Olde Hickory Tap Room, where local brews are poured.
The Station, a restaurant and bar, fills the building that was once a train station in the heart of downtown Hickory.
Strip malls are scattered around Hickory, including the Belle Hollow Shopping Center with a Lowes Foods store.
Local coffee shop Tasteful Beans in Hickory is a popular spot for breakfast.
A once-abandoned arcade between Union Square in Hickory and a back street is now filled with life.
A young professional works from Tasteful Beans coffee shop in Hickory.
The owner of C&C Trading Co. in Hickory flips through her merchandise.
Women browse at Carolina Crafted in Hickory.
A mother and her children cross the street in downtown Hickory.
A man enjoys a beer at Crescent Moon Cafe, a popular spot for craft beer in Hickory.
People taste beer at 100 Main restaurant in Valdese, near Morganton.
Gardeners tend to a bed at the Lenoir Unity Park and Community Gardens. 
A retiree plays pickleball at Lenoir’s Mulberry Recreation Center.
A cyclist climbs up stairs near Lenoir.
Volunteers pick up trash on a future extension of the greenway in Lenoir.
Summer festivals draw crowds to the region.
Cyclists gear up for a race in Lenoir.
Plow Day is an annual festival in Lenoir.
The SALT Block in Hickory has a science center, art museum, arts council, symphony, library and choral society.
Lowes Foods City Park in downtown Hickory is a colorful, kid-friendly addition to the city.
The historic Carolina Theater in downtown Hickory shows discount and second-run movies.
A mural in downtown Hickory showcases the
Craft beer is always on tap at local bars, like 100 Main in Valdese.
A festival in Lenoir brings children and adults together.
Single-family homes near downtown Hickory.
Apartment buildings.
A home in Lenoir.
The area has a significant amount of historic homes like these in Hickory.
Many have worked to preserve historic homes like this one in Hickory.
Viewmont Square Court senior housing in Hickory.
Townhomes.
A home in Lenoir.
A home in Hickory.
Colorful townhomes are mixed in a neighborhood in Hickory.
Lenoir’s downtown is marked by a tall sculpture called “Across the Grain.”
The Morganton Greenway runs along the Catawba River.
Lake Hickory Trails run along the Catawba River.
Music plays a big role in the local culture.
Union Square in Hickory is gathering space in the heart of Hickory. Over the summer the city hosts events here.
Union Square has outdoor seating for restaurants and bars.
A
The Linville Gorge Wilderness in Burke County is one of the most popular hiking spots in the area.
Mountains abound in the north areas of Burke County.
Hawksbill Mountain.
Table Rock is an icon in the area.
Snowfall on the Morganton Greenway along the Catawba River.
Upper Creek is filled with hiking trails leading to sweeping views.
Interstate 40 is the main road through Hickory and Morganton.
U.S. 70 goes between Hickory and Morganton.
Cars are the main form of transportation in the area.
Greenways in the area, like the Morganton Greenway, provide some walkability within each city.
Valley Hills Mall in Hickory is a center for retail business in the area.
Moretz Mills is one of several revived mills in the area now repurposed for retail. It also houses popular restaurants.
Hollar Mill is another popular multi-retail location that was once a factory building. Now, it houses a brewery, event space and more.
Downtown Newton, in Catawba County west of Hickory, has a small but thriving downtown area with many local businesses.
Just off the main square in Hickory, small art shops thrive.
Union Square in Hickory is home to Olde Hickory Tap Room, where local brews are poured.
The Station, a restaurant and bar, fills the building that was once a train station in the heart of downtown Hickory.
Strip malls are scattered around Hickory, including the Belle Hollow Shopping Center with a Lowes Foods store.
Local coffee shop Tasteful Beans in Hickory is a popular spot for breakfast.
A once-abandoned arcade between Union Square in Hickory and a back street is now filled with life.
A young professional works from Tasteful Beans coffee shop in Hickory.
The owner of C&C Trading Co. in Hickory flips through her merchandise.
Women browse at Carolina Crafted in Hickory.
A mother and her children cross the street in downtown Hickory.
A man enjoys a beer at Crescent Moon Cafe, a popular spot for craft beer in Hickory.
People taste beer at 100 Main restaurant in Valdese, near Morganton.
Gardeners tend to a bed at the Lenoir Unity Park and Community Gardens. 
A retiree plays pickleball at Lenoir’s Mulberry Recreation Center.
A cyclist climbs up stairs near Lenoir.
Volunteers pick up trash on a future extension of the greenway in Lenoir.
Summer festivals draw crowds to the region.
Cyclists gear up for a race in Lenoir.
Plow Day is an annual festival in Lenoir.
The SALT Block in Hickory has a science center, art museum, arts council, symphony, library and choral society.
Lowes Foods City Park in downtown Hickory is a colorful, kid-friendly addition to the city.
The historic Carolina Theater in downtown Hickory shows discount and second-run movies.
A mural in downtown Hickory showcases the
Craft beer is always on tap at local bars, like 100 Main in Valdese.
A festival in Lenoir brings children and adults together.
Single-family homes near downtown Hickory.
Apartment buildings.
A home in Lenoir.
The area has a significant amount of historic homes like these in Hickory.
Many have worked to preserve historic homes like this one in Hickory.
Viewmont Square Court senior housing in Hickory.
Townhomes.
A home in Lenoir.
A home in Hickory.
Colorful townhomes are mixed in a neighborhood in Hickory.
Lenoir’s downtown is marked by a tall sculpture called “Across the Grain.”
The Morganton Greenway runs along the Catawba River.
Lake Hickory Trails run along the Catawba River.
Music plays a big role in the local culture.
Union Square in Hickory is gathering space in the heart of Hickory. Over the summer the city hosts events here.
Union Square has outdoor seating for restaurants and bars.
A
The Linville Gorge Wilderness in Burke County is one of the most popular hiking spots in the area.
Mountains abound in the north areas of Burke County.
Hawksbill Mountain.
Table Rock is an icon in the area.
Snowfall on the Morganton Greenway along the Catawba River.
Upper Creek is filled with hiking trails leading to sweeping views.
Interstate 40 is the main road through Hickory and Morganton.
U.S. 70 goes between Hickory and Morganton.
Cars are the main form of transportation in the area.
Greenways in the area, like the Morganton Greenway, provide some walkability within each city.

Valley Hills Mall in Hickory is a center for retail business in the area. – Virginia Annable

Moretz Mills is one of several revived mills in the area now repurposed for retail. It also houses popular restaurants. – Virginia Annable

Hollar Mill is another popular multi-retail location that was once a factory building. Now, it houses a brewery, event space and more. – Virginia Annable

Downtown Newton, in Catawba County west of Hickory, has a small but thriving downtown area with many local businesses. – Virginia Annable

Just off the main square in Hickory, small art shops thrive. – Virginia Annable

Union Square in Hickory is home to Olde Hickory Tap Room, where local brews are poured. – Virginia Annable

The Station, a restaurant and bar, fills the building that was once a train station in the heart of downtown Hickory. – Virginia Annable

Strip malls are scattered around Hickory, including the Belle Hollow Shopping Center with a Lowes Foods store. – Virginia Annable

Local coffee shop Tasteful Beans in Hickory is a popular spot for breakfast. – Virginia Annable

A once-abandoned arcade between Union Square in Hickory and a back street is now filled with life. – Virginia Annable

A young professional works from Tasteful Beans coffee shop in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

The owner of C&C Trading Co. in Hickory flips through her merchandise. – Virginia Annable

Women browse at Carolina Crafted in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

A mother and her children cross the street in downtown Hickory. – Virginia Annable

A man enjoys a beer at Crescent Moon Cafe, a popular spot for craft beer in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

People taste beer at 100 Main restaurant in Valdese, near Morganton. – Virginia Annable

Gardeners tend to a bed at the Lenoir Unity Park and Community Gardens.  – Virginia Annable

A retiree plays pickleball at Lenoir’s Mulberry Recreation Center. – Virginia Annable

A cyclist climbs up stairs near Lenoir. – Virginia Annable

Volunteers pick up trash on a future extension of the greenway in Lenoir. – Virginia Annable

Summer festivals draw crowds to the region. – Virginia Annable

Cyclists gear up for a race in Lenoir. – Virginia Annable

Plow Day is an annual festival in Lenoir. – Virginia Annable

The SALT Block in Hickory has a science center, art museum, arts council, symphony, library and choral society. – Virginia Annable

Lowes Foods City Park in downtown Hickory is a colorful, kid-friendly addition to the city. – Virginia Annable

The historic Carolina Theater in downtown Hickory shows discount and second-run movies. – Virginia Annable

A mural in downtown Hickory showcases the "Miracle of Hickory," when the town banded together to face the polio crisis in the 1940s. – Virginia Annable

Craft beer is always on tap at local bars, like 100 Main in Valdese. – Virginia Annable

A festival in Lenoir brings children and adults together. – Virginia Annable

Single-family homes near downtown Hickory. – Virginia Annable

Apartment buildings. – Virginia Annable

A home in Lenoir. – Virginia Annable

The area has a significant amount of historic homes like these in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

Many have worked to preserve historic homes like this one in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

Viewmont Square Court senior housing in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

Townhomes. – Virginia Annable

A home in Lenoir. – Virginia Annable

A home in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

Colorful townhomes are mixed in a neighborhood in Hickory. – Virginia Annable

Lenoir’s downtown is marked by a tall sculpture called “Across the Grain.” – Virginia Annable

The Morganton Greenway runs along the Catawba River. – Virginia Annable

Lake Hickory Trails run along the Catawba River. – Virginia Annable

Music plays a big role in the local culture. – Virginia Annable

Union Square in Hickory is gathering space in the heart of Hickory. Over the summer the city hosts events here. – Virginia Annable

Union Square has outdoor seating for restaurants and bars. – Virginia Annable

A "Welcome to Hickory" mural brightens downtown. – Virginia Annable

The Linville Gorge Wilderness in Burke County is one of the most popular hiking spots in the area. – Virginia Annable

Mountains abound in the north areas of Burke County. – Virginia Annable

Hawksbill Mountain. – Virginia Annable

Table Rock is an icon in the area. – Virginia Annable

Snowfall on the Morganton Greenway along the Catawba River. – Virginia Annable

Upper Creek is filled with hiking trails leading to sweeping views. – Virginia Annable

Interstate 40 is the main road through Hickory and Morganton. – Virginia Annable

U.S. 70 goes between Hickory and Morganton. – Virginia Annable

Cars are the main form of transportation in the area. – Virginia Annable

Greenways in the area, like the Morganton Greenway, provide some walkability within each city. – Virginia Annable

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